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Beamer Won't Discuss Poll

Last week, the Associated Press poll was scrambled as four top-10 teams lost. Perhaps the only eyebrow-raising movement in this week’s AP poll was how Virginia Tech leapfrogged Boise State.

The Hokies (4-1) jumped ahead of the undefeated Broncos (5-0) to move to No. 5. Boise State dropped a spot, to No. 6.

Asked Monday if he had a reaction to the new poll, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer said: “My reaction is we better get ready to play Boston College, a tough, well-coached football team. All our thoughts are going to be on Boston College.”

Although it is still early – the Bowl Championship Series rankings have not yet been released – some questioned whether this was a bad sign for Boise State in its attempt to become the first team from a non-automatic qualifying conference to break into the BCS title game. While the AP poll does not factor into the BCS standings, the shift in the ballot raised the issue of whether Boise State, of the Western Athletic Conference, has a strong enough schedule to make the title game, even if it runs the table.

It also was an auspicious sign for the Hokies, who played a taxing nonconference slate that included Alabama and Nebraska. After hosting Boston College on Saturday, the Hokies have a crucial game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 17 in Atlanta that will set the course for the backstretch of their season. Because of the Hokies' favorable remaining schedule, a win over the Yellow Jackets would give Virginia Tech a stranglehold on the ACC’s Coastal Division and would position it firmly in the national landscape.

By Mark Viera  |  October 5, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
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