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Clemson the media’s pick to claim ACC title

If Florida State is to make it four straight ACC titles, the team riding a 24-game conference winning streak will have to do so as “underdogs.”

In the preseason polling of 158 media members covering the conference, Clemson was tabbed by 84 of them to win the ACC championship in 2015. FSU, meanwhile, was next with 41 first-place votes, followed by 2014 Coastal champ Georgia Tech with 20.

Others receiving first-place votes included Virginia Tech (7 votes), North Carolina (3), Miami (2) and North Carolina State (1).

Virginia was the lone Coastal team to not receive any votes to win its division. In the Atlantic, only Clemson (101), FSU (56) and Louisville (one) received votes to win the division.

Clemson also claimed the media’s preseason Player of the Year honors, with quarterback Deshaun Watson (69 first-place votes) outpacing the reigning ACC POTY, Pittsburgh running back James Connor (46). A pair of cornerbacks also caught the media’s attention, with Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey (seven) and Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller (six) receiving nods from the media.

ACC Championship Votes
1. Clemson - 84
2. Florida State - 41
3. Georgia Tech - 20
4. Virginia Tech - 7
5. North Carolina - 3
6. Miami - 2
7. NC State - 1

Atlantic Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Clemson (101) – 1,032
2. Florida State (56) - 992
3. Louisville (1) - 746
4. NC State - 673
5. Boston College - 473
6. Syracuse - 291
7. Wake Forest - 217

Coastal Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Georgia Tech (96) - 991
2. Virginia Tech (44) - 841
3. Miami (7) - 632
4. Duke (4) - 615
5. North Carolina (4) - 590
6. Pitt (3) -535
7. Virginia -220

ACC Player of the Year
1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson - 69
2. James Conner, RB, Pitt - 46
3. Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech - 13
t-4. Jalen Ramsey, CB Florida State - 7
t-4. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami -7
t-6. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina - 6
t-6. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech - 6
8. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt – 3
9. Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State - 1