GREENSBORO — For the first time since 2008, Clemson will enter the season as the medias favorite to win the ACC. Media covering the ACCs annual football kickoff selected the Tigers to finish first in the Atlantic Division and defeat Miami in the ACC championship game in Charlotte.
This is the sixth time that Clemson has finished atop the ACCs annual preseason media poll, which debuted in 1976. The last time the Tigers were picked to win the conference, in 2008, they finished 7-6 amid a disappointing season in which Tommy Bowden was fired.
Florida State, which won the ACC a season ago, was picked to finish in second place in the Atlantic Division. N.C. State was picked to finish third in the Atlantic, but Clemson (102) and Florida State (18) were the only teams to receive first-place votes in that division.
It was a different story in the Coastal Division, in which four teams received first-place votes. Miami received 65 out of a possible 120 first-place votes in the Coastal. Virginia Tech (27 first-place votes) was picked second, North Carolina (22) third and Georgia Tech (6) fourth.
The Tar Heels finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Coastal last season, and they would have won the tiebreaker and played in the ACC championship game had they not been serving a one-year postseason ban that were part of NCAA sanctions related to their football scandal.
UNC is eligible for the postseason this season.
Duke was picked to finish in last place in the Coastal Division. ACC newcomers Pitt and Syracuse were picked to finish near the bottom of their divisions. The media picked Syracuse to finish in sixth place in the Atlantic, while Pitt was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal.
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