And then there were two.
No. 5 Virginia Tech and No. 20 Clemson are the only two teams from the ACC still ranked in the latest BCS standings released Sunday night.
Virginia Tech, which was also ranked No. 5 last week, is in the top 5 of the BCS standings for the second straight week after not doing so since 2007. The Hokies are ranked as high as No. 3 in the coaches’ poll this week, but what is hurting Virginia Tech is its computer ranking, which is tied for 10th. Stanford, which was ranked No. 6 last week, jumped to fourth ahead of the Hokies, and that can be explained by the weight the computer rankings carry, as the Cardinal is No. 4, according to the computers.
While LSU and Alabama continue to be the frontrunners for the national title, Virginia Tech remains the ACC’s best team, and because of the Hokies’ consistency, the ACC championship game will feature a top five team. Clemson, which lost to South Carolina for the third straight time and will represent the Atlantic Division in Saturday’s ACC championship game, dropped from No. 17 to No. 20. Georgia Tech, which lost to rival Georgia this past weekend, fell out of the ranking.
Virginia Tech entered Saturday’s game against Virginia intent on proving it belonged in the top five, and it made a statement with its 38-0 win. The Hokies clinched the Coastal Division title and left no doubt they were the better team. Virginia Tech reached the 11-win mark during the regular season for only the second time in school history.
There was only one team that Virginia Tech couldn’t beat this season, and the Hokies will meet Clemson again on Saturday.