Georgia Tech, the ACC champions, were picked to finish third in the Coastal Division by the media at the ACC kickoff in Greensboro.
Virginia Tech (62 first-place votes) was picked to win the division, followed by Miami (20). The Jackets received 11 votes.
Florida State (78) was picked to win the Atlantic, followed by Clemson (16).
Virginia Tech (50) was picked to win the ACC.
FSU’s Christian Ponder was predicted to be the conference player of the year by a landslide vote, 45-16, over Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams.
Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt finished sixth with four votes.
ACC championship votes
1. Virginia Tech 50
2. Florida State 26
3. Miami 10
4. Georgia Tech 8
5. Boston College (tie) 2
North Carolina 2
3. Boston College
4. N.C. State
5. Wake Forest
1. Virginia Tech
3. Georgia Tech
4. North Carolina
ACC player of the year
1. Christian Ponder, FSU
2. Ryan Williams, VT
3. Tyrod Taylor, VT
t-4. Russell Wilson, N.C. State
t-4. Robert Quinn, UNC
6. Joshua Nesbitt, GT
7. Kyle Parker, Clemson
t-8. Mark Herzlich, BC
t-8. Jacory Harris, Miami
t-10. Montel Harris, BC
t-10. Darren Evans, VT
t-10. Bruce Carter, UNC
If history is any guide, don’t get worked up about these.
Below are the media picks for the past five years (the inception of the championship game), and what actually happened:
2009: Virginia Tech def. FSU…….GT def. Clemson
2008: Clemson def. Virginia Tech….VT def. Boston College
2007: Virginia Tech def. FSU….VT def. Boston College
2006: Miami def. FSU…..Wake Forest def. GT
2005: FSU def. VT……FSU def. VT
I didn’t participate in the voting, so I think I can remark on some of these predictions objectively.
I don’t have too many issues with the division predictions. I predicted that it would be a Virginia Tech-FSU matchup and it that turned out to be true. Of course, one didn’t need a lot of insight to make that pick.
I am surprised by the disparity in voting for ACC player of the year, specifically that Ponder was so far ahead of the pack.
He has unbelievable stats in his career, but he hasn’t won anything. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Nor was his team picked to win the ACC.
As good as Russell Wilson is, his team will likely not be competitive.
I am very much surprised that Nesbitt and Harris finished so low.
What say you?