Sep 6, 2014; Columbus, OH, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Ronny Vandyke (37) celebrates after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 35-21 at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies saw some immediate ranking fallout on Sunday from their big upset victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes as the Hokies unsurprisingly jumped into the top 25 in both major polls. The Coaches’ Poll did not show the Hokies the respect they deserve as Virginia Tech was ranked 19th, one spot behind Ohio State, but the AP Poll did a good job as they ranked the Hokies 17th which was five spots ahead of Ohio State.
Also this week, the ESPN Power Rankings came out and the Hokies were ranked quite well in these rankings.
The Hokies made their 2014 ESPN Power Rankings’ debut at number 13 which is quite a huge jump given that the Hokies had not received a single vote in the ESPN Power Rankings the previous week. This huge jump just shows how big the win is for the national perception of the Hokies this season with what is a roster full of younger players.
The Hokies now have gained a lot of respect for the media after proving that this team is ready to make some big things happen this season. A lot of the hype had previously been around how good next season could be for the Hokies but they have made their return this week.
Virginia Tech football is back in the national spotlight and don’t expect the Hokies to leave that spotlight anytime soon.