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Hurricanes picked by media to win the ACC Coastal Division -- then lose to Clemson in the ACC Championship game

So much for compliments.

The Miami Hurricanes were selected by media members at the ACC Football kickoff to win the Coastal Division, but lose in the league title game to expected Atlantic Division champ Clemson.

 Clemson also had the preseason pick for ACC Player of the Year -- in a landslide. Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd got 105 votes, with Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson earning 4 votes as the runner-up.

The preseason prediction garnered 102 first-place votes for Clemson --which leads all ACC teams with 14 conference titles -- in Atlantic Division balloting. Defending ACC champion Florida State placed second with 18 first-place votes.

  Clemson was named on 95 ballots to win the ACC title, with FSU getting 15 championship votes and Georgia Tech, Miami and UNC each getting 3.

  Miami was chosen by 65 voters as the expected Coastal winner, while Virginia Tech got 27 first-place votes and North Carolina, 22.

  Predicted order of finish:

Atlantic Division

1. Clemson (102 first-place votes and 815 total points)

2. FSU (18 and 731)

3. NC State (490)

4. Wake Forest (392)

5. Maryland (373)

6. Syracuse (320)

7. Boston College (211)

Coastal Division

1. Miami (65 first-place votes and 736 points)

2. Virginia Tech (27 and 654)

3. North Carolina (22 and 649)

4. Georgia Tech (6 and 522)

5. Pitt (313)

6. Virginia (230)

7. Duke (228)

 

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 


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