Today the ACC Media released their preseason polls. Of course, Florida State was the overwhelming favorite not only to win the ACC Atlantic Division, but also to win the conference. The Coastal Division was a complete crap shoot, with six teams receiving first place votes. While Duke received the most first-place points in the Coastal Division (!), Miami received the most points overall.
Let's look at how the voting went (first place votes in parenthesis)
1. Florida State Seminoles (109) - 780
2. Clemson Tigers (3) - 660
3. Louisville Cardinals - 564
4. Syracuse Orange - 368
5. N.C. State Wolfpack - 326
6. Boston College Eagles - 301
7. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 136
1. Miami Hurricanes (26) - 614
2. Duke Blue Devils (33) - 597
3. Virginia Tech Hokies (23) - 571
4. North Carolina Tar Heels (27) - 570
5. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1) - 322
6. Pittsburgh Panthers (2) - 319
7. Virginia Cavaliers - 142
In terms of the Atlantic the voting went pretty much as expected with Florida State practically sweeping the first place votes. The middle of the division is going to be a crap shoot and the voting went as expected. Not surprised that NC State was voted higher than Boston College, the media seems to be buying into them this year, but they did last year as well (voting them 3rd) and we saw how that ended. And poor Wake, buried in the basement.
The Coastal is going to be very interesting to watch this year. Basically four teams have similar amount of first place votes. I like Duke again this year, but who knows. UVA again showing that they can recruit with the best of them, but again not getting any love from the media.
The voting for winning the ACC Championship went as follows:
ACC Championship Votes
1. Florida State - 104
2. Clemson - 2
3. Virginia Tech - 2
Who voted for Virginia Tech? That is certainly an interesting choice.
And ACC Player Of The Year ... give you one guess who was the overwhelming favorite.
ACC Player of the Year
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State - 99
2. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson - 6
3. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami - 1
4. Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke - 1
5. Brenden Motley, QB, Virginia Tech - 1