Hurricanes football picked to win ACC Coastal, but not ACC championship

Miami head coach Mark Richt answers a question during a news conference at the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

If the media ends up being right, the Hurricanes’ upcoming season will play out like last year’s did.

Miami was picked to finish atop the ACC’s Coastal Division for the second consecutive season with 122 of the 148 possible first-place votes, well ahead of second-place Virginia Tech’s 16 votes. Credentialed media cast votes at last week’s ACC media days in Charlotte, N.C.

On the other side of the conference, Clemson was selected to win the Atlantic Division. The Tigers picked up 144 first-place votes, with Florida State getting one.

But the media doesn’t have much confidence in the Hurricanes’ chances to beat the Tigers in the league’s championship game on Dec. 1.

Clemson, which has been crowned the conference champion in each of the past three seasons, was picked to win the ACC with 139 of the possible 148 votes. Miami received five votes.

Miami and Clemson met in the ACC Championship Game last season, and the Tigers earned a convincing 38-3 win. Clemson returns seven starters on offense and eight starters on defense.

Here are this year’s voting results:

ACC Championship Votes

1. Clemson – 139
2. Miami – 5
3. NC State – 2
T4. Florida State – 1, Virginia Tech – 1

Coastal Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Miami (122) – 998
2. Virginia Tech (16) – 838
3. Georgia Tech (8) – 654
4. Duke (1) – 607
5. Pitt – 420
6. North Carolina (1) – 370
7. Virginia – 257

Atlantic Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Clemson (144) – 1,030
2. Florida State (1) – 789
3. NC State (2) – 712
4. Boston College – 545
5. Louisville – 422
6. Wake Forest (1) – 414
7. Syracuse – 232

HURRICANES STUFF FROM ACC MEDIA DAYS

[Turnover Chain ‘is gaudy and it’s beautiful’ … and it will be back ‘new and improved’]

[A look at how the new redshirt rule will impact Hurricanes freshmen, and other stuff to know from ACC media days]

[Ahmmon Richards finally feels healthy, and he’s ready to make sure everybody knows it]

[Here’s what Hurricanes coach Mark Richt had to say at 2018 ACC Kickoff]

[Does Hurricanes safety Jaquan Johnson still think about last year’s blowout loss to Clemson? ‘It pops in my head every day’]

[Hurricanes RB Travis Homer lands spot on another watch list for prestigious college football award]

[Hurricanes coach Mark Richt on quarterback situation: ‘Malik is the starter’]

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