Miami Football Picked to Win ACC Coastal

Lamar Jackson named ACC preseason Player of the Year

North Carolina and Duke each got four first-place votes in the Coastal Division, but the Tar Heels are picked to finish fifth in the division and the Blue Devils are voted to finish in sixth place. Clemson came in second place with 35 votes, while Louisville received seven votes, Virginia Tech and Miami each got three votes and Duke had one.

"Our long-term mission is return Virginia Tech back to the top of the ACC", Fuente said at the ACC Kickoff. No other Atlantic team received a first-place vote to win the division. They also led the way with 1, 065 points.

Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles got 118 of 167 first-place votes from the media. The Hurricanes were suffering from injuries and had to reshuffle their offensive line that week.

In the Atlantic, the media picked Florida State by a wide margin, giving the 'Noles 121 first-place votes over second-place Clemson (37), which is coming off a national championship season. Georgia Tech placed third, followed by Pittsburgh.

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Florida State was also voted the favorite to win the ACC Championship. The team rebounded from a rough start to win its final three games, including a 36-30 win over Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl, but still finished with a 2-6 record against conference foes.

Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year. Fuente and the Hokies defied the odds a year ago, going 6-2 in league play to win the division after being tabbed fourth in the preseason. In fact, Miami has never won their division. Jackson won the Heisman Trophy and 2016 ACC Player of the Year with his record-setting season last fall.

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