Miami Hurricanes remain No. 2 in AP and coaches polls

Chad Thomas salutes the crowd after Miami’s senior day win over Virginia. (Getty Images)

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Miami’s win over Virginia was enough to keep it at No. 2 in the polls.

Will it be enough to maintain a grip on the No. 3 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings?

Tuesday we’ll find out, but Sunday, the Associated Press top 25 and coaches’ polls had UM (10-0, 7-0 ACC) sitting at second. That’s the same as last week, when Miami climbed as high as it had since 2003.

And just like last week, Miami received first-place votes.

In the AP poll, the first nine teams remained the same: Alabama (58 first-place votes), Miami (three), Oklahoma, Clemson, Wisconsin, Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

Former No. 10 Oklahoma State’s loss dropped the Pokes down eight spots, and every team moved up one. TCU climbed to No. 10, followed by USC, Penn State, UCF, Washington State, Washington, Mississippi State and Memphis.

One of the teams Miami beat, Virginia Tech (8-3), climbed back into the poll at No. 24. The Hokies and Notre Dame (9-2) are UM’s best wins to date. The Hurricanes have beaten four teams that are bowl-eligible, including Toledo (9-2) and Virginia (6-5).

With a game against Georgia left, Georgia Tech (5-5) doesn’t look like a bowl team. Duke (5-6) has to upset Wake Forest. Florida State (4-6) needs to beat Florida and Louisiana-Monroe.

Syracuse (4-7), losers of four straight, beat Clemson but doesn’t appear bowl-bound. The Orange plays Boston College this week. North Carolina (3-8) and Pittsburgh (4-7), the latter of which hosts Miami on Friday (noon, ABC), are out of bowl contention.

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