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:
4. Texas A&M
6. Ohio State
12. Penn State
18. Oklahoma State
19. Virginia Tech
20. West Virginia
21. North Carolina
22. Florida State
23. Western Michigan
24. Boise State
25. Washington State