ACC Media Preseason Football Poll Released


ACC Media Days occurred over the last weekend and the media that were present submitted their ACC Preseason Football Poll. The defending National Champion Florida State Seminoles were picked to win the conference and the Atlantic Division. The Miami Hurricanes were picked to win the Coastal Division, but the vote within the Coastal was very divided.

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    For the Big Four, the poll offers differing views. Duke was picked second in the Coastal overall, but collected more first place votes than any other Coastal division team.

    Jul 20, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams addresses the media during the ACC football media day at the Grandover Resort. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

    North Carolina finished fourth in the Coastal voting, but collected the second most first place votes within the division. That suggests the top of the Coastal division will be a dogfight that will include the Tar Heels, Blue Devils, Virginia Tech Hokies, and Miami Hurricanes.

    NC State finished fifth in the Atlantic division voting, a good sign for a team that struggled in divisional play last year. The Wolfpack should be more settled in Coach Dave Doeren’s second year.

    Oct 12, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; Bowling Green Falcons head coach Dave Clawson during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

    Wake Forest was picked last in the Atlantic division. This is likely because of the transition between old coach Jim Grobe and new coach Dave Clawson. It is also a product of Wake’s disappointing season last year. Clawson fielded high powered offenses at Richmond and Bowling Green, so a quick turnaround by Wake is possible and this prediction is not set in stone.

    Here is a summary of the voting:

    League championship
    Team Votes
    1. FSU, 104
    t2. Clemson, 2
    t2. Va. Tech, 2

    Coastal Division
    First-place votes in parentheses

    Team Points
    1. Miami (26), 614
    2. Duke (33), 597
    3. Va. Tech (23), 571
    4. UNC (27), 570
    5. Ga. Tech (1), 322
    6. Pitt (2), 319
    7. UVa, 142

    Atlantic Division
    First-place votes in parentheses.

    Team Points
    1. FSU (109), 780
    2. Clemson (3), 660
    3. Louisville, 564
    4. Syracuse, 368
    5. N.C. State, 326
    6. BC, 301
    7. Wake, 136