The assembled reporters at the ACC’s football kickoff picked repeat division winners Monday. But this year, there was a consensus that a new team will earn the conference’s automatic bid to a BCS bowl.
According to a poll of media members here in Pinehurst, N.C., Florida State is the runaway pick to win its first ACC championship since 2005. Virginia Tech was tabbed as the favorite in the Coastal Division, but most voted that the Hokies will lose in the ACC’s championship game to the Seminoles.
Boston College running back Montel Harris, who is just 1,002 yards away from breaking the ACC’s all-time rushing record entering this season, was named the preseason player of the year. Virginia Tech’s David Wilson finished with eight votes in player of the year balloting, good for fourth place behind Florida State’s E.J. Manuel and Boston College’s Luke Kuechly.
Since the ACC went to a division format for the 2005 season, Virginia Tech has been picked by reporters to win the Coastal Division five of six times, including the past four years.
After the jump, you can take a look at the complete results of the ACC’s preseason polls.
ACC championship voting
1. Florida State (50)
2. Virginia Tech (18)
3. Clemson (2)
4. Boston College (1)
1. Florida State (65)
2. Clemson (4)
3. NC State
4. Boston College (2)
6. Wake Forest
1. Virginia Tech (66)
2. Miami (4)
3. North Carolina
4. Georgia Tech (1)
ACC player of the year
1. RB Montel Harris, Boston College (26)
2. QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State (14)
3. LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College (12)
4. RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech (8)
5. QB Danny O’Brien, Maryland (4)
6. RB Andre Ellington, Clemson (3)
7. RB Lamar Miller, Miami (2)
8. LB Sean Spence, Miami (1)
8. LB Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (1)
ACC championship game predictions
1. FSU over VT (45)
2. VT over FSU (15)
3. FSU over Miami (4)
4. Clemson over VT (2)
5. VT over Clemson (2)