Virginia Tech drops seven spots in Week 6 coaches poll

The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped seven spots, to No. 19, in the Week 6 Amway Coaches Poll that was released by USA Today on Sunday.

Five Atlantic Coast Conference teams made the list.

The Hokies (4-1) suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday night, 31-17, against the visiting second-ranked Clemson Tigers.

“We played a really good opponent today that highlighted some mistakes really quickly,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. “I thought the show that the Hokie Nation put on was absolutely fantastic. The festivities earlier today and the crowd, it was everything you could ever want and more. Sorry that we couldn’t find a way to get it done.

“Clemson is a fine football team. Coach (Dabo) Swinney has done a great job there. I don’t see any weaknesses right now coming off the field from playing them. I do love the way our guys battled. I thought we were competitive, I thought our guys were competitive. It wasn’t always pretty but the guys out there in maroon and orange were competing their tails off but we weren’t good enough today.”

The Hokies had steadily climbed up the rankings this season.

Virginia Tech was ranked 22nd in the preseason coaches poll but moved up four spots, to No. 18, after beating West Virginia in the season opener.

Then the Hokies climbed two more spots, to No. 16, after shutting out Delaware 27-0 in their second game. After beating East Carolina 64-17 in Week 3, Fuente’s bunch jumped up another three spots, to No. 13.

Virginia Tech has moved up again last week in advance of its showdown with No. 2 Clemson but then fell after losing to the undefeated Tigers.

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