Alabama, which is Virginia Tech’s season-opening opponent, is atop USA Today’s preseason poll.
The two-time defending champs received 58 of the 62 first-place votes. Ohio State is ranked No. 2. Texas A&M received one first-place vote.
The Hokies were not ranked in the top 25, but received the 30th-most votes.
Clemson is the highest-ranked ACC team at No. 8.
Virginia Tech and Alabama open the season Aug. 31 in Atlanta.
Click here to see USA Today's complete poll.