Florida State, Miami predicted as ACC division winners

Henrietta Brewer
July 18, 2017

Defending Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson was the preseason pick as conference player of the year, receiving 113 votes for the award, well ahead of Florida State sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois, who received 23 votes.

Florida State, a preseason top-five team, received 117 of 166 possible votes to win the ACC this season.

The Seminoles, who posted a 10-3 overall record last season and defeated MI in the Capital One Orange Bowl, are also picked to capture the Atlantic Division, while Miami received the nod as the likely Coastal Division victor. The Hurricanes received 103 first-place votes, followed by Virginia Tech's 40, Georgia Tech's nine, Pittsburgh's seven and North Carolina and Duke, who each received four. His school-record 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns were also ACC records for a quarterback.

If the media's correct, Virginia Tech will be looking up at Miami in the Coastal Division by the end of the season.

FSU got 1,108 total points to lead the Atlantic, Clemson got 1,007 total and Louisville got 843. Florida State and Miami have never met in the ACC Championship Game. Clemson got 35 votes, followed by Louisville (7), Virginia Tech and Miami (3 each) and Duke (1).

The Atlantic and Coastal Division winners will meet in the 2017 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium.

The Cavaliers, who were the only team in the division not to receive a first-place vote, finished in last place in coach Bronco Mendenhall's first season last fall and haven't finished higher than sixth since 2011. The Seminoles and Hurricanes meet in Tallahassee on September 16.

When it came to individuals, FSU quarterback Deondre Francois received the second most votes to win ACC Player of the Year with 23. Syracuse and Boston College are the bottom finishers for Atlantic.

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