Hurricanes, Florida State picked to top ACC

ACC Commissioner John Swofford speaks to the media during the Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA college football media day in Charlotte N.C. Thursday

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To no surprise, reigning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson is the heavy favorite to win the conference's player of the year award, leading the pack with 113 votes.

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 rest of the division's predicted order was Louisville in third (9 first-place votes), followed by N.C. State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Boston College. Clemson came in second place with 35 votes, while Louisville received seven votes, Virginia Tech and Miami each got three votes and Duke had one. His 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns were also ACC records for a quarterback. Clemson followed with 37 first-place votes and 1,007 points, while Louisville received nine first-place votes and checked in with 843 total points.

If the media's correct, Virginia Tech will be looking up at Miami in the Coastal Division by the end of the season. Virginia was the only team that did not garner a vote to win the ACC Coastal. Georgia Tech placed third, followed by Pittsburgh.

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The Hurricanes received 103 first place votes our 167 total.

Florida State appeared on 118 ballots to win the ACC championship.

In the Atlantic Division preseason voting, Florida State led the way with 121 first-place votes and 1,108 total points.

At the ACC Kickoff last week in Charlotte, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney mentioned several times that the lack of questions concerning his current players will help motivate them this season to show they deserve some attention. Miami linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, Miami wide receiver Ahmmon Richards and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones each received one vote.

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