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Eagles Slated To Finish 5th In Atlantic

The ACC preseason poll predicts that Boston College will finish fifth in the Atlantic Division. The Maroon and Gold are picked to top just Syracuse and Wake Forest once all is said and done, but the last two seasons the Eagles have outperformed expectations.

The Boston College Eagles were picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference by the preseason poll released on Tuesday. 

BC has finished fourth in the Addazio's first two seasons as head coach, both times overperforming what the preseason poll thought BC would finish. Before the former Florida Gators assistant took over, the 2012 Eagles finished 2-10.

Addazio and the Eagles, who in the preseason poll topped just Syracuse and Wake Forest in the Atlantic, are building towards contending for a conference championship, according to Boston Globe:

"Our expectation - my expectation - is that this program is going to be a contender, and along with that you like to see people view you in the same light. But you've got to earn that. And that's what we have to do, we have to earn it."

Despite the low ranking, Addazio believes the old saying that it isn't how you start, but how you finish:

"Not to be cliche-ish, but it really matters where we are in the end. So I won't really dwell on it one way or the other. It's just a challenge, that's all it is. And we'll see where it brings us."

The Clemson Tigers were picked to win the ACC as well as the Atlantic Division, while the reigning conference champions, the Florida State Seminoles, finished second. 

Below is the divisional outlook as predicted by the preseason polls:

Atlantic Division:

  1. Clemson Tigers
  2. Florida State Seminoles
  3. Louisville Cardinals
  4. NC State Wolfpack
  5. Boston College Eagles
  6. Syracuse Orange
  7. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Coastal Division:

  1. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  2. Virginia Tech Hokies
  3. Miami Hurricanes
  4. Duke Blue Devils
  5. North Carolina Tar Heels
  6. Pittsburgh Panthers
  7. Virginia Cavaliers

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