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Pitt Moves into Week 8 AP Poll, Further Fallout from the ACC

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For the first time this season, Pitt is ranked in the AP Poll. After a commanding 28-7 win over Virginia Tech on the road Saturday, Pitt entered the Top 25 as the No. 23 team in the nation.

It’s the first time Pitt has been ranked since October of 2020, falling to North Carolina State as the 24th-ranked team in the country the same week. With the win over VT, Pitt improved to 5-1 this season, remains the last unbeaten team in conference play in the ACC Coastal and will look to make the return to the poll last more than a week.

Georgia (1,575 points, 63 first-place votes) remains the consensus No. 1 team in the nation after a convincing 30-13 win over then-No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday. Cincinnati (1,483 points) moved to No. 2 after Iowa was upset to secure the highest ranking in team history. Oklahoma (1,434 points), Alabama (1,393 points) and Ohio State (1,252 points) round out the Top 5.

The rest of the Top 10 is Big 10 heavy, with Michigan (1,214 points), Penn State (1,116 points) and Michigan State (1,076 points) ranked as the sixth-, seventh- and ninth-ranked teams in the country.

The highest-ranked ACC team is still unbeaten Wake Forest, unmoved coming off a bye week, at No. 16. North Carolina State jumped from No. 22 to No. 18 after a 33-7 stomp of Boston College. Both teams remain unbeaten in conference play in the ACC Atlantic division.

At No. 23, Pitt is the highest and only ranked team in the ACC Coastal division to this point.

Clemson (64 points) received the most votes for any unranked team in the nation, making Pitt’s game against the Tigers a No. 23 vs. No. 26 matchup, and Virginia received one vote to just make the “Others receiving votes” category.

To check out the entire Week 8 poll, click here.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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