Virginia Tech drops to No. 16 in the AP Top 25 after loss to Clemson

The Virginia Tech Hokies dropped four spots to No. 16 in the Week 6 AP Top 25 Poll 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, falling 31-17 to the second-ranked Clemson Tigers in Blacksburg, Va.

“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 21st in the preseason coaches poll but moved up to No. 18 after beating West Virginia in the season opener.

Then the Hokies climbed 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 to No. 13.

Virginia Tech moved up last week to No. 12 in advance of its showdown with No. 2 Clemson, but then fell four spots after losing to the undefeated Tigers.

In addition to Clemson and Virginia Tech, No. 13 Miami, No. 17 Louisville and No. 24 N.C. State also represent the ACC in the newest AP Top 25 Poll.

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