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Miami Hurricanes picked to finish second behind North Carolina in Coastal

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 I picked the Miami Hurricanes to win the Coastal Division this year in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

   But, hey, you know what they say about No.2.

   The ACC just released the results of its ACC Football Kickoff Preseason Poll.

   Miami (50 first-place votes), 1,108 total points, was picked in a poll of 191 media members to finish second this season in the Coastal, behind North Carolina (121 first-place votes, 1,238 points).

   After that in the Coastal: Pitt (14, 859), Virginia Tech (3, 697), Duke (2, 597), Georgia Tech (1, 588) and Virginia (261 points).

   The Atlantic Division's poll results: Clemson (148 first-place votes, 1,293 total points), Florida State (42, 1,176), Louisville (1, 961), NC State (704), Boston College (441), Syracuse (426) and Wake Forest (347).

   Also in the voting, Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson overwhelmingly was the choice to repeat as ACC Player of the Year. The Clemson Tigers were predicted to win the ACC title on 144 ballots, followed by FSU with 39 votes and UNC with seven. One voter picked Louisville.

   UM quarterback Brad Kaaya tied with Louisville QB Lamar Jackson for fourth with two votes apiece. FSU running back Dalvin Cook finished second behind Watson with 18 votes. UNC running back Elijah Hood finished third with four votes. And Duke cornerback DeVon Edwards got one vote.

  These polls mean nothing, but they're fun. And maybe they'll be a tiny bit of motivation for the guys who didn't get the respect they might have deserved.

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

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