Pitt Predicted Sixth In ACC Poll

Despite being predicted for a sixth-place finish in the ACC Coastal Division finish, Pitt does receive two first-place votes.

The ACC Preseason Media Poll is out, and according to a vote of 112 media members, the Pittsburgh Panthers have been predicted for a sixth-place finish.

Defending national champion Florida State, and not surprising, was predicted to win the ACC Atlantic Division, a well as the ACC Championship Game.

Last year, in its first appearance in the ACC Preseason Pool, Pitt was predicted for a fifth-place finish a year ago, finishing just one spot lower in sixth.

For a second year in a row, Miami was predicted to win the Coastal Division. However, Miami has been predicted to win the Coastal Division three times, since the conference went to the two-division tier in 2005, including 2013. The Hurricanes have yet to win the division.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was voted as ACC Preseason Player of the Year, receiving 99 out of a possible 108 votes. Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley was second to Winston, receiving six votes. Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley--who has yet to see the field for the Hokies--was one of three players who received a vote.

While Miami was predicted to win the Coastal, two other teams received more votes to win the overall ACC Chamionship, Clemson and Virginia Tech each receiving two votes.

Rounding out Pitt's Coastal Division, following Miami, is Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Virginia is the only team predicted to finish behind Pitt, predicted last.

Despite being predicted to finish fourth in the ACC Coastal, North Carolina received four more first-place votes (27) than Virginia Tech (23). Same for Pitt, who finished with two first-place votes, and Georgia Tech--ahead of them in the standings--receiving one first-place vote.

After Florida State, in the Atlantic, Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, N.C. State, Boston College and Wake Forest follow. While six Coastal teams received first-place votes, the only other team to receive first-place votes in the Atlantic, behind Florida State's 109, was Clemson with three.

ACC Championship Votes
1. Florida State - 104
2. Clemson - 2
3. Virginia Tech - 2

Atlantic Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Florida State (109) - 780
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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