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Virginia fans react top a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against William & Mary in Charlottesville. UVa moved into the AP Top 25 on Sunday.

For the first time in the 18-game history of the Virginia-Florida State football series, UVa will be ranked Saturday night at Scott Stadium and Florida State will not.

Two days after a 52-17 victory over William and Mary, the Cavaliers learned Sunday that they had moved into the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 25.

It was the first Top 25 selection for Virginia under the Cavaliers' fourth-year coach Bronco Mendenhall.

The USA Today coaches' poll, also released on Sunday, listed Virginia as the first team outside of the top 25 in receiving votes.

The UVa football program had not been ranked in the Top 25 since the 2011 season, when the Cavs moved into the No. 24 spot following a 14-13 victory at Florida State, which was ranked 23rd at the time.

The Cavaliers were routed 38-0 by then-No. 6 Virginia Tech five days later in Blacksburg and went unranked for the next seven seasons.

Virginia showed up regularly in the Top 25 when the late George Welsh was the head coach and was ranked at least once each season during an eight-year period from 1989-96.

Welsh's successor, Al Groh, had top-25 teams in three straight seasons, 2003-05, and added a fourth team in 2007.

MIke London, the opposing coach Saturday night when UVa played host to William and Mary, had his lone Top 25 appearance going into the above-mentioned 2011 meeting with Virginia Tech.

Mendenhall's teams when he was the head coach at Brigham Young were ranked in the Top 25 in seven of his 11 seasons, including back-to-back seasons in 2008-09 when they spent the entire season in the rankings.

— Doug Doughty

Doug Doughty is in his 44th year at the Roanoke Times, having produced an estimated 10,000 by-lines, a majority of them on University of Virginia athletics.

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