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. Virginia Tech was the eventual champion.
Florida State is predicted to break a 2-year hiatus and win its first ACC title since 2017. Of the 167 ballots submitted, 118 of them marked the Seminoles as the preseason favorites to win the conference.
Florida State, a preseason top-five team, received 117 of 166 possible votes to win the ACC this season.
Duke is the only team from North Carolina with a vote to win the conference, receiving just one vote. Virginia Tech, which won the Coastal last season, is the second-place pick. Clemson finished second with 35 votes, Louisville third with seven and the Hurricanes and Hokies tied for fourth with three each.
Miami is still looking for its first appearance in the ACC Championship game. Oakleaf high school alum Shaq Quarterman received one vote for player of the year.
A rising junior from Pompano Beach, Fla., Jackson – the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy – also was named the 2016 national college football player of the year by the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp, the Sporting News, and CBS Sports.
The 2016 Heisman victor, Jackson received 113 votes to win the Player of the Year.
“I think they understand what’s expected of them and I think our coaches understand how I want things done, and everybody is bought in”, Richt said of his second year at Miami at last week’s ACC Kickoff.
Virginia Tech and Miami play in Miami Gardens, Florida, on November 4, a game that could well decide who represents the league in the ACC title game in Charlotte this December.