Off to its best start in a decade, the Virginia football team is inching closer to becoming nationally ranked.
The Cavaliers, who are 5-1 and have won four straight games following Saturday’s 20-14 road victory over North Carolina, were among the teams receiving votes in both the USA Today coaches poll and the Associated Press top 25 poll, which were released on Sunday afternoon.
Virginia received 42 points, the third highest among non-top 25 teams receiving votes in the coaches poll. Only Kentucky (64) and Memphis (50) received more points, meaning UVa is just outside the top 25 in the coaches poll.
The Cavaliers received 10 points in the AP poll, the fourth most of the teams outside the top 25. San Diego State (56), Texas A&M (46) and Iowa State (16) were the three teams with more points than Virginia among those receiving votes.
Four ACC teams are ranked in the top 25 in the coaches poll, including two in the top 10. Miami (5-0) is No. 7, while Clemson (6-1), which was upset by Syracuse on Friday night, fell to No. 8. Virginia Tech (5-1) is No. 14, while N.C. State (6-1) is No. 17. The same four teams are also ranked the Associated Press poll. Clemson is No. 7, while Miami is No. 8, Virginia Tech is No. 14 and N.C. State is No. 16.
Virginia hosts Boston College (3-4, 1-3 ACC) on Saturday at Scott Stadium. A win would make the Cavaliers bowl eligible for the first time since the 2011 season.
John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @John_Shifflett.