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Virginia Tech still looking for respect

There's no question Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer cares about how his program is perceived nationally.

"Oh, I care about it," Beamer said.

After seven straight seasons of at least 10 wins -- the longest streak of any FBS school -- and three ACC titles in the past five years, you would think respect wouldn't be too tough to come by, but the program still isn't quite where Beamer wants it to be on the national level.

The Hokies are No. 15 in the BCS standings heading into Saturday's ACC championship game against Florida State, but it's hard not to wonder what could have been had Virginia Tech not started the season 0-2. Since then, the Hokies have rattled off 10 straight wins -- the first ACC team to go undefeated in league play since 2000.

"I think it’s a gradual process," Beamer said. "Right now, we're the only team that’s won 10 games for seven straight years. If you just keep on doing that, it all comes. I think having a quarterback like Michael Vick there helps you, and I think having a quarterback like Tyrod Taylor helps you. Overall, I think your reputation continues to grow. Being in this league helps us. It’s gradually getting there."