Clemson picked to win ACC, Boyd named preseason Player of the Year

Tajh Boyd was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year in the ACC. (USATSI)
Tajh Boyd was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year in the ACC. (USATSI)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Clemson Tigers was named the media's preseason favorite to win the ACC in 2013, collecting 95 of the 120 first-place votes during balloting at the ACC Kickoff on Monday. 

That wasn't the only accolade for the Tigers at the league's annual media event, as Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd was named the league's preseason Player of the Year as well.

Miami edged Virginia Tech Hokies , North Carolina Tar Heels and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the vote for the ACC Coastal Division champion, but no team from that division received more than three ACC Championship votes.

While the game is unrelated to their ACC prospects, the Tigers are going to be under the spotlight from now until the kickoff against Georgia Bulldogs on Aug. 31. The game, on prime time national television in Death Valley, will be the beginning of a highly-touted senior campaign for Tajh Boyd. Boyd is considered by many to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and the game against the Bulldogs will feature a stout measuring stick with Aaron Murray

For Miami, a Coastal Division title and trip to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game would alleviate some of the pain from missing out on that opportunity in 2012. The Hurricanes finished the season in a tie for the Coastal Division title, but were ineligible to compete due to year two of the program's self-imposed postseason ban.

The Hurricanes offense took off last season thanks to the arrival of ACC Rookie of the Year Duke Johnson and improved quarterback play from Stephen Morris . This year, the Canes will look to build on that success with a tempo-based attack under first-year offensive coordinator James Coley.

Check out the full voting breakdown for ACC Championship and ACC Preseason Player of the Year below. 

ACC Championship Votes
1. Clemson 95
2. Florida State 15
T3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 3
T3. Miami 3
T3. North Carolina 3
6. Virginia Tech 1
Atlantic Division
1. Clemson (102) 815
2. Florida State Seminoles (18) 731
3. NC State 490
4. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 392
5. Maryland Terrapins 373
6. Syracuse Orange 320
7. Boston College Eagles 211
 
Coastal Division
1. Miami (65) 736
2. Virginia Tech (27) 654
3. North Carolina (22) 649
4. Georgia Tech (6) 522
5. Pitt 313
6. Virginia 230
7. Duke 228
 
ACC Player of the Year
1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson 105
2. Duke Johnson, Miami 4
T3. Logan Thomas , Virginia Tech 3
T3. Sammy Watkins , Clemson 3
5. Bryn Renner , North Carolina 2
T6. Jeremiah Attaochu , Georgia Tech 1
T6. Lamarcus Joyner , Florida State 1
T6. Stephen Morris, Miami 1
 
ACC Championship Game Predictions
Clemson over Miami 55  
Clemson over Virginia Tech 19  
Clemson over North Carolina 18  
Florida State over Miami 7  
Florida State over Virginia Tech 7  
Clemson over Georgia Tech 3  
Georgia Tech over Clemson 3  
Miami over Clemson 2  
North Carolina over Florida State 2  
Virginia Tech over Clemson 1  
North Carolina over Clemson 1  
Miami over Florida State 1  
Miami over Florida State 1  
Florida State over North Carolina 1
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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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