GREENSBORO, N.C. - With 18 returning starters from last year's 9-4 squad, Florida State was picked by the media to win the ACC at the annual Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort.
The Seminoles were the overwhelming favorites in the media poll, collecting nearly two-thirds of the ACC Championship votes. Virginia Tech, heavy favorites to win the Coastal Division, finished as runners up in the balloting.
Florida State was picked to win the conference last season, but after back-to-back conference losses at Clemson and Wake Forest fell from contention as the Dabo Swinney led the Tigers to their first ACC title in 20 years.
Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was voted the preseason ACC Player of the Year, finishing ahead of Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
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You can see the full predicted order of finish and player of the year balloting below.
Florida State (72) - 543
Clemson (17) - 470
NC State (5) - 402
Wake Forest - 241
Boston College - 181
Maryland - 148
Virginia Tech (83) - 558
Georgia Tech (10) - 421
North Carolina (2) - 341
Virginia - 326
Miami - 245
Duke - 104
ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Sammy Watkins, Clemson - 25 votes
Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech - 21 votes
EJ Manuel, Florida State - 19 votes
Tajh Boyd, Clemson - 18 votes
Mike Glennon, NC State - 5 votes
David Amerson, NC State - 3 votes
Giovani Bernard, North Carolina - 1 vote
Bryn Renner, North Carolina - 1 vote
Tanner Price, Wake Forest - 1 vote
Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech - 1 vote