Maryland picked fifth in Atlantic Division in preseason media poll

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The ACC’s media contingent does not seem to have high hopes about the Maryland football team’s chances this season, perhaps a bowl game and an above-.500 record, but nothing more. The Terrapins were picked fifth in the Atlantic Division in the preseason media poll, released Monday afternoon during ACC media day.

Maryland, which finished last season 4-8 and fifth out of six Atlantic Division teams after being picked last in the preseason poll, received 373 total points, 19 shy of fourth-place Wake Forest.

Clemson was the runaway favorite, receiving 95 votes as the ACC champion and 102 out of 120 first-place votes to win the Atlantic Division. Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd was also named the ACC preseason player of the year on 105 of 120 ballots. No other player was named on more than four.

Virginia Tech, meanwhile, was predicted to finish second in the Coastal Division, the first time the Hokies weren’t picked to win the division since 2006. Instead, the Hokies received 27 first-place votes and wound up second in the Coastal Division, comfortably behind Miami.

Virginia was chosen sixth in the Coastal Division with 230 total points, just two ahead of Duke. The Cavaliers have been picked to finish second-to-last or last in five of the past six years.

Fifty-five of 120 ballots picked Clemson over Miami in the championship game. One ballot picked the Hokes as the ACC champion, beating Clemson in the final game. Neither Virginia nor Maryland received any championship game votes.

The final standings, championship votes and player of the year votes are below. Per Washington Post policy, its writers are not allowed to cast ballots.

ACC Champion

1. Clemson — 95

2. Florida State — 15

3. Georgia Tech — 3

Miami — 3

North Carolina — 3

6. Virginia Tech — 3

Atlantic Division (First-place votes in parentheses)

1. Clemson — 815 (102)

2. Florida State — 731 (18)

3. North Carolina State — 490

4. Wake Forest — 392

5. Maryland — 373

6. Syracuse — 320

7. Boston College — 211

Coastal Division 

1. Miami — 736 (65)

2. Virginia Tech — 654 (27)

3. North Carolina — 649 (22)

4. Georgia Tech — 522 (6)

5. Pittsburgh — 313

6. Virginia — 230

7. Duke — 228

ACC player of the year

1. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson — 105

2. RB Duke Johnson, Miami — 4

3. QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech — 3

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson — 3

5. QB Bryn Renner, North Carolina — 2

6. DE Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech — 1

DB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State — 1

QB Stephen Morris, Miami — 1

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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