Miami was the favorite to win the Coastal Division with 103 first-place votes, followed by Virginia Tech with 40. Of the 167 ballots submitted, 118 of them marked the Seminoles as the preseason favorites to win the conference.
It was Clemson who won the ACC and eventually the national championship in 2016, but it is Florida State whom the media believes will be on top of the conference in 2017.
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. Dabo Swinney's Tigers finished in second place with 35 votes.
Miami lost at Virginia Tech 37-16 last season.
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If the media's correct, Virginia Tech will be looking up at Miami in the Coastal Division by the end of the season.
When it came to individuals, FSU quarterback Deondre Francois received the second most votes to win ACC Player of the Year with 23.
Reigning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson was tabbed the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year and Louisville was picked to finish third in the conference's Atlantic Division, the league announced Monday.
Miami returns 15 starters from last season. Miami Sophomores, linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and wide receiver Ahmmon Richards finished in a three-way tie for seventh with one vote each. The Hurricanes front seven has been lauded as one of the nation's best. Not the least of which being that league officials expected Florida State and Miami to be regular representatives in the the game.