Hokies ranked No. 21 in AP Top 25 Preseason Poll

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech begins the 2017 college football season ranked No. 21 in The Preseason AP Top 25 poll, which was released Monday. The Hokies are ranked to start the year for the first time since opening the 2012 campaign at No. 16.

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A ranked Tech team will open the season against another ranked opponent for the first time since 2011 when the Hokies also began the year at FedExField. In 2011, Tech squared off against No. 3 Boise State. This year, the Hokies will renew their rivalry with West Virginia at FedExField on Sept. 3. The Mountaineers are ranked No. 22 in The AP Top 25 Poll. The Hokies finished the 2016 season with a 10-4 overall record, a 6-2 mark in conference play and a final AP ranking of No. 16 after defeating Arkansas in the Belk Bowl, 35-24.

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Tech opens its 2017 home schedule against Delaware on Sept. 9. The only way to guarantee seats for the Clemson game on Sept. 30 is to purchase a season ticket. An ACC Coastal mini-plan is available for $180, which includes seats to games at Lane Stadium vs. North Carolina (Oct. 21), vs. Duke (Oct. 28) and vs. Pitt (Nov. 18).

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In last year’s ACC preseason media poll, the Hokies were picked to finish fourth in the Coastal and earned only three first-place votes, but under the leadership of head coach Justin Fuente, Tech went on to clinch the division title and earn a spot in the ACC Championship Game in 2016. This year, a preseason poll of 167 media members picked Virginia Tech to finish second in the Coastal Division at the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff.

The ACC’s youngest head coach and the fourth-youngest FBS head coach, Fuente oversaw an offensive resurgence for the Hokies in 2016, as Tech tied or broke 10 single-season offensive records, including points (490), total TDs (61), first downs (330) and total offense (6,223).

The Hokies also continued Tech’s tradition of being opportunistic on defense and special teams in Fuente’s debut campaign in Blacksburg. Tech’s defense ranked second among Power Five teams in third-down defense (27.3 pct.), fourth in tackles for loss (113.0) and fifth in opponent completion percentage (50.1) in 2016. Meanwhile, the Hokies blocked three FGs, one punt and a PAT in 2016, returning one of those blocked FGs for a touchdown. Tech also scored on an 87-yard punt return against East Carolina last season.

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