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Tech picked to finish fifth in Coastal

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Georgia Tech was picked to finish fifth in the Coastal Division in the ACC preseason media poll, released Monday. It is the lowest projection for the Yellow Jackets going at least back to 2005, when the ACC split into two divisions. The conference expanded to 14 teams last season.

The projected order of finish for the division is Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Virginia. Defending Coastal champ Duke had never been picked higher than fifth prior to this year’s poll.

To no one’s surprise, Florida State was picked as the Atlantic Division and league champion. The Seminoles received 104 of 108 votes as favorites to win the ACC title for a third consecutive season.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, winner of the 2013 Heisman Trophy, was the runaway favorite to be named ACC player of the year, receiving 99 of 108 votes.

Tech has a strong history of outperforming its projection. In coach Paul Johnson’s first six seasons, the Jackets’ average projection was 3.2, but their average finish was 1.7.

ACC Championship Votes
1.    Florida State – 104
2.    Clemson – 2
3.    Virginia Tech – 2
(4 voters made no selection)

Atlantic Division  
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1.    Florida State (109) – 670
2.    Clemson (3) – 660
3.    Louisville – 564
4.    Syracuse – 368
5.    NC State – 326
6.    Boston College  – 301
7.    Wake Forest – 136

Coastal Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1.    Miami (26) – 614
2.    Duke (33) – 597
3.    Virginia Tech (23) – 571
4.    North Carolina (27) – 570
5.    Georgia Tech (1) – 322
6.    Pitt (2) -319
7.    Virginia -142

ACC Player of the Year
1.    Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – 99
2.    Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson – 6
3.    Duke Johnson, RB, Miami – 1
4.    Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke – 1
5.    Brenden Motley, QB, Virginia Tech -1

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