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Maryland picked to finish 5th in ACC Atlantic Division

Posted on 22 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Clemson, Miami Picked To Win Atlantic, Coastal Divisions; Clemson’s Tajh Boyd Voted ACC Preseason Player of the Year

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Clemson, seeking its 15th Atlantic Coast Conference football title and its second in three years, is the preseason choice to win the Atlantic Division and defeat Miami in the 9th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, according to a poll of media members attending this week’s ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort.

Clemson, which leads all ACC teams with 14 conference championships, finished atop the media preseason poll for the second time since 1991. The Tigers have been picked to finish first six times overall since the   ACC preseason poll began in 1976.

Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd was the overwhelming choice to repeat as ACC Player of the Year. The senior from Hampton, Va., was named on 105 of 120 ballots after a 2012 season in which he broke his own ACC single-season marks for touchdown passes (36) and touchdown responsiblility (46). Boyd enters the 2013 season with 8,053 career passing yards and 73 touchdown passes.

Miami running back Duke Johnson, with four votes, placed second to Boyd in the 2013 ACC Preseason Player of the Year voting. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins received three votes apiece.

Clemson received 102 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division balloting, and defending ACC champion Florida State placed second with 18. Miami was chosen as the likely Coastal Division winner by 65 voters, while Virginia Tech was named on 27 ballots and North Carolina on 22. Clemson was named on 95 ballots as the likely overall ACC Champion.

ACC Championship Votes
1. Clemson 95
2. Florida State 15
T3. Georgia Tech 3
T3. Miami 3
T3. North Carolina 3
6. Virginia Tech 1
Atlantic Division
1. Clemson (102) 815
2. Florida State (18) 731
3. NC State 490
4. Wake Forest 392
5. Maryland 373
6. Syracuse 320
7. Boston College 211
Coastal Division
1. Miami (65) 736
2. Virginia Tech (27) 654
3. North Carolina (22) 649
4. Georgia Tech (6) 522
5. Pitt 313
6. Virginia 230
7. Duke 228
ACC Player of the Year
1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson 105
2. Duke Johnson, Miami 4
T3. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech 3
T3. Sammy Watkins, Clemson 3
5. Bryn Renner, North Carolina 2
T6. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech 1
T6. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State 1
T6. Stephen Morris, Miami 1
ACC Championship Game Predictions
Clemson over Miami 55
Clemson over Virginia Tech 19
Clemson over North Carolina 18
Florida State over Miami 7
Florida State over Virginia Tech 7
Clemson over Georgia Tech 3
Georgia Tech over Clemson 3
Miami over Clemson 2
North Carolina over Florida State 2
Virginia Tech over Clemson 1
North Carolina over Clemson 1
Miami over Florida State 1
Miami over Florida State 1
Florida State over North Carolina 1

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Maryland picked to finish last in Atlantic Division

Posted on 24 July 2012 by WNST Staff

ACC Football Kickoff Media Selects Florida State as 2012 Favorite
Seminoles, Virginia Tech, Picked To Win Atlantic, Coastal Divisions
Clemson’s Sammy Watkins Voted ACC Preseason Player of the Year

GREENSBORO, N.C. (ACSMA & theACC.com) – Florida State, seeking its first league title since 2005, is the consensus choice to win the Atlantic Division and to defeat Virginia Tech in the 8th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game according to a poll of media members attending this week’s ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

This is the second straight year that Florida State has been projected to win the ACC Football Championship, as the Seminoles were tapped by the media last July to win the 2011 title. Clemson was the actual 2011 ACC Football Champion, defeating Virginia Tech 38-10 in the 2011 ACC title game in Charlotte.

Clemson sophomore wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Fort Myers, Fla.), who set ACC single-season freshman records for receptions (82), reception yardage (1,219) and receiving touchdowns (12), was the choice for Preseason Player of the Year. Watkins received 25 votes and nudged out Virginia Tech junior quarterback Logan Thomas (Lynchburg, Va.) who had 21 votes. The Preseason Player of the Year ballotting was a close, four-person race with Florida State senior quarterback EJ Manuel (Virginia Beach, Va.) coming in third with 19 votes and Watkins’ junior teammate, quarterback Tajh Boyd (Hampton, Va.), finishing fourth with 18.

The Seminoles of coach Jimbo Fisher, who finished second in the Atlantic last year, received 72 of 95 first place votes in that portion of the balloting. Sixty of the 95 also said Florida State will prevail in the title game, set for Dec. 1 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

The Hokies, who have captured five of the seven Coastal Division crowns since the ACC went to divisional play in 2005, got 83 votes in the Coastal election. Eighteen electors picked Virginia Tech to garner its fourth ACC football championship in the last six years. Georgia Tech, which faces the Hokies in Blacksburg in the season opener for both teams on Sept. 3, Labor Day Monday Night (ESPN, 8 p.m.), was chosen to finish second in the Coastal with 10 first-place votes, while Clemson was projected as the runnerup in the Atlantic with 17 first-place votes.

Atlantic Division
1. Florida State (72) 543
2. Clemson (17) 470
3. NC State (5) 402
4. Wake Forest 241
5. Boston College 181
6. Maryland 148
Coastal Division
1. Virginia Tech (83) 558
2. Georgia Tech (10) 421
3. North Carolina (2) 341
4. Virginia 326
5. Miami 245
6. Duke 04
ACC Championship Votes
1. Florida State 60
2. Virginia Tech 18
3. Clemson 13
4. Georgia Tech 3
5. NC State 1
ACC Championship Game Predictions
1. Florida State over Virginia Tech 56
2. Virginia Tech over Florida State 12
3. Florida State over Georgia Tech 4
4. Virginia Tech over Clemson 3
Clemson over Georgia Tech 3
ACC Player of the Year Voting
1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson 25
2. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech 21
3. EJ Manuel, Florida State 19
4. Tajh Boyd, Clemson 18
5. Mike Glennon, NC State 5
6. David Amerson, NC State 3
7. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina 1
Bryn Renner, North Carolina 1
Tanner Price, Wake Forest 1
Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech 1

 

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