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Virginia Tech places in first College Football Playoff rankings

Virginia Tech places in first College Football Playoff rankings

BY KEVIN CONNELL

Virginia Tech was among the 25 schools ranked in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season Tuesday.

After a 6-2 start to the season, the Hokies checked in at No. 19. They were one of five ACC schools ranked, joining No. 2 Clemson, No. 7 Louisville, No. 21 North Carolina and No. 22 Florida State.

Virginia Tech was No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches poll released Sunday.

Virginia Tech has wins over Liberty, Boston College, East Carolina, North Carolina, Miami and Pittsburgh this season. The Hokies’ two losses came against Tennessee on Sept. 10 and Syracuse on Oct. 15.

Virginia Tech closes out the season with games against Duke, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Virginia. The Hokies play the Blue Devils and Fighting Irish on the road.

Alabama (No. 1), Michigan (No. 3) and Texas A&M (No. 4) joined Clemson in the top four. The top four teams in the final ranking on Dec. 4 will meet in the College Football Playoff.

The two semifinal games will be played on Dec. 31 at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl; the national championship game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 9, 2017.

The rankings were released on ESPN.

Here is the full top 25 of Tuesday's College Football Playoff rankings:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Michigan
4. Texas A&M
5. Washington
6. Ohio State
7. Louisville
8. Wisconsin
9. Auburn
10. Nebraska
11. Florida
12. Penn State
13. LSU
14. Oklahoma
15. Colorado
16. Utah
17. Baylor
18. Oklahoma State
19. Virginia Tech
20. West Virginia
21. North Carolina
22. Florida State
23. Western Michigan
24. Boise State
25. Washington State

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Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Could Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. jump into 2019 NFL Draft's first round?

Coming out of the NFL combine, former Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. was projected to be a second-round pick in the NFL Draft. But could he end up sliding into the first round on Thursday?

It seems like a possibility now, based on some of the teams he's met with, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday. And NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has previously said Savage could rise to the first round too.

NBC Sports Washington's latest NFL Mock Draft has Savage going to the Green Bay Packers as the 44th overall pick.

According to Rapoport, Savage met with 11 teams, including the Carolina Panthers (No. 16 overall pick), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 20 overall pick), Seattle Seahawks (No. 21 overall pick), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 25 overall pick) and Los Angeles Rams (No. 31 overall pick). 

The three-year starter out of College Park was named Second Team All-Big Ten this season after recording 52 tackles (38 solo, 14 assist) for the Terps, along with four interceptions, including one pick six. He's versatile, strong and fast, and even if he gets passed by in the first round of the NFL Draft, it seems unlikely that he'll still be available by the end of the second.

At 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds, Savage ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February -- a time that was second-fastest among all safeties -- and posted a 39.5-inch vertical, third among safeties, and a 126-inch broad jump. He also had 11 bench-press reps.

Pro Football Focus has Savage listed as the second-best safety in this year's draft class behind Delaware's Nasir Adderley because he's "a missile around the line of scrimmage".

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

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Jamion Christian, GW basketball receive commitment from Jameer Nelson's son Jameer Jr.

The George Washington University men's basketball team landed the son of longtime NBA point guard Jameer Nelson Tuesday. 

Jameer Nelson Jr., a 2019 guard out of Pennsylvania's Haverford School, decommitted from his father's alma mater (Saint Joseph's) following the news that Phil Martelli would not return for the 2019-20 season. 

This marks first-year head coach Jamion Christian's second commitment since being named head coach of the Colonials after one year at Siena College. 

Nelson Sr. played in the Association from 2004 to 2018, including 10 seasons in Orlando. The point guard averaged a career-best 16.7 points per game during the 2008-09 campaign.