On Tuesday morning, the Atlantic Coast Conference released its preseason baseball poll, as voted on by the league’s fourteen head coaches. Boston College was picked to finish sixth in the conference’s Atlantic Division, one spot ahead of rival Notre Dame.
Florida State, chosen by ten of the fourteen coaches as the favorite to win the conference outright, was picked to finish first in the Atlantic, followed by Louisville, Clemson, NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College, and Notre Dame. In the Coastal Division, North Carolina was voted into the top spot, followed by Virginia, Duke, Miami, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Pittsburgh.
Obviously, preseason polls are just that: polls chosen before a single game has been played. So take them with a grain of salt. In the past two seasons, Boston College has proven the conference’s coaches wrong by making the post-season in back-to-back years after being picked at, or near, the bottom of the Atlantic Division. And with a conference as deep and talented as the ACC, anything can happen.
A season ago, Boston College played its way into the ACC Tournament by sweeping Notre Dame to close out the regular season in a farewell to historic Shea Field, finishing the year with an overall record of 25-28, including an 11-19 mark in conference. The Eagles kick off their 2018 season a week from Friday, as they travel out west to take on the Santa Clare Broncos in a three-game set from February 16th-18th. In the week leading up to first pitch next Friday, we will be releasing season previews of the Eagles’ pitching staff, lineup, and projected starting-nine, so stay tuned.