Following a strong 10-4 season in which the Hokies ended the year ranked 16th -- the highest since 2010, Justin Fuente's team will start the year as the 22nd best team in the nation, according to the preseason coaches' Top 25 poll.
The Hokies received 235 points in the poll, which included five ACC teams.
Florida State came in at No. 3, Clemson at No. 5, Louisville at No. 17 and Miami at No. 18. Pittsburgh, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Syracuse also received votes.
It's the first time since 2012 that the Hokies appear in the preseason poll.
Virginia Tech will open the season Sept. 3 vs the West Virginia Mountaineers at FedEx Field in Landover, MD.