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Maryland football picked to finish fifth in ACC preseason poll

Maryland was picked to finish fifth in the ACC Atlantic Division in a preseason poll of conference sportswriters.

Florida State was picked to win the division and the ACC title, garnering 65 first-place votes. Clemson was picked to finish second in the division, followed by North Carolina State, Boston College, Maryland and Wake Forest. (Coincidentally, this is exactly how college football guru Phil Steele has the Atlantic Division shaping up.)

Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien received four votes in ACC player of the year voting. Boston College running back Montel Harris was named the conference’s preseason player of the year.

Virginia Tech was picked to win the Coastal Division, followed by Miami, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Duke.

What do you think? Are people sleeping on the Terps this season, or does this team still have much to prove?

Maryland defensive lineman A.J. Francis, for one, doesn’t think much of the preseason media poll.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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