Georgia Tech picked third in Coastal Division — updated

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

Atlantic Division

1. FSU

2. Clemson

3. Boston College

4. N.C. State

5. Wake Forest

6. Maryland

Coastal Division

1. Virginia Tech

2. Miami

3. Georgia Tech

4. North Carolina

5. Duke

6. Virginia

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:

Year: media….actual

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?

129 comments Add your comment

JLC

July 26th, 2010
11:25 am

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JLC

July 26th, 2010
11:26 am

oops….I say they finish tied for 1st, but losing a tiebreaker. Oh…and first

nickj0321

July 26th, 2010
11:30 am

wow….haters everywhere we go

The Dude

July 26th, 2010
11:33 am

It’s much more fun to be the underdog. Go Jackets!

ormewood

July 26th, 2010
11:34 am

Truth is, four teams have a chance to win the division. Picking the jackets third hardly qualifies as being ‘haters.’

Dan

July 26th, 2010
11:36 am

Underestimate Paul Johnson at your own risk.

wiley

July 26th, 2010
11:36 am

No surprises here. GT will have to prove it on the field…this division is loaded. I’m glad to see we beat UNC…but pre season picks are rarely worth a flip.

juvenal

July 26th, 2010
11:36 am

agree with ya, Dude…respect is earned….doubt CPJ is worried…..

Old Tech fan in NC

July 26th, 2010
11:37 am

Still planning on watching Tech in Charlotte.

HugoStiglitz

July 26th, 2010
11:38 am

Pretty much what ormewood said. There are 4 teams that have a pretty good chance of winning the coastal. Its a little difficult to actually pick the winner at this point. I expect VT to be the team that gets picked the most but I would imagine you will see GT ranked 1,2,3, or 4. It just depends on who you ask.

messin with.........

July 26th, 2010
11:40 am

right where we need to be pre-season.

Youdon'tknowme

July 26th, 2010
11:41 am

FSU will win it. Coastal doesn’t matter.

11-0-1 1990 National Champs

July 26th, 2010
11:42 am

We repeat as ACC champs!

messin with.........

July 26th, 2010
11:42 am

noles about to lose nigel carr already

Burdell

July 26th, 2010
11:42 am

Sounds about right to me…weren’t picked last year either. GO JACKETS!!!

Old Bucky Sucky

July 26th, 2010
11:46 am

What the dang heck? We got da boyz to handle the crips and the bloods. Miami and Va Tech will probably have most of their playas arrested before the season eva begins.

I say Go Jackets! I am just sayin.

DICK ESKEW

July 26th, 2010
11:47 am

I SAY WE FINISH 7TH IN THE LEAGUE AND THAT SCHPING IS DRUNK AT EVERY GAME.

POAD

July 26th, 2010
11:48 am

Youdon’tNO what does that make it? The 15th year you say FSU would win it and it still didn’t happen. You really should be a Dawg fan with thinking like that.

messin with.........

July 26th, 2010
11:49 am

vahtek always gets over-rated

messin with.........

July 26th, 2010
11:50 am

we need the D to show up this year.

GT BABY

July 26th, 2010
11:52 am

Tech’s going to be ranked pre-season top 15, but only third in their division. What does that tell you about the ACC Coastal? IT’S STACKED!!!

Chris

July 26th, 2010
11:56 am

GO HOKIES! HOKIE NATION rocks the ACC with Beamer Ball.

GT Alum

July 26th, 2010
11:59 am

VT’s a consistently good team, and it’s no surprise that Miami is considered a sexy pick this year. If Harris can cut down on the mistakes, they’ve got a chance to be very good. Besides, a lot of the media that doesn’t primarily cover GT only sees what we lost in the offseason, not what we still have here.

Besides, preseason rankings are really just a beauty contest. In my opinion, the one think the BCS does right is not releasing rankings until several weeks into the season. With the polls, you almost always see one team that started off ranked highly and has to lose 2 or 3 games in the first half of the season to drop out of the polls just because people expected them to be good. College football would be a lot better if it had some way of ranking the teams based solely on performance on the field rather than pre-conceived notions.

GT Alum

July 26th, 2010
12:03 pm

VT BLANKS SHEEP

July 26th, 2010
12:05 pm

VT blanks sheep but surely everyone on this blog knows that by now, GT always ranked 3rd or 4th so what is the big surprise..Put up or shut up come September..

atlhurricane

July 26th, 2010
12:05 pm

The U will win the ACC! It’s the only REAL team in the whole ACC! Look at the schedule (@Ohio St, @Pitt) that’s call BIG BOY footballAs for the arrests comment. The ‘Canes done have those issues these days, so get up on your current events.

VT BLANKS SHEEP

July 26th, 2010
12:06 pm

NESBITT FOR HEISMAN

Seth

July 26th, 2010
12:07 pm

And nither vt nor FSU will win it. Media are such morons. It will come down to tech and unc.
And the surprise team will be nc state.

Idiots

July 26th, 2010
12:09 pm

Wow that media sure goes out on a limb. They’ve picked the same teams to win it 5 out of 6 years. And once again it’s VT FSU. Which means neither team will make it. UNC Clemson more likely

timthebrave

July 26th, 2010
12:10 pm

The coastal division will be close between ga tech, vt, miami, and north carolina. Any of these 4 teams could possibly win the division. I think Va Tech is the team to beat since Ga Tech has to go up to Blacksburg and play a night game there.

timthebrave

July 26th, 2010
12:11 pm

GT has to play at VT, at NC, at Clemson…If they win the division they will have earned it

Jones

July 26th, 2010
12:11 pm

Miami was last relevant when Van Halen was still playing concerts. It has been said to watch the demise of what was a pretty good brand- good luck to you.

Dan

July 26th, 2010
12:14 pm

Hmmm. A PJ-coached team being provided a chip for immediate placement on the shoulder. Good. :)

bugsquacher

July 26th, 2010
12:16 pm

30-24…….. Hurts doesn’t it?

bugsquacher

July 26th, 2010
12:17 pm

wha…whahaha….. whahahahahahahahahahahahhahaha

bugsquacher

July 26th, 2010
12:18 pm

heck tech should be 3rd from the bottom………

Dagadawgs

July 26th, 2010
12:20 pm

I agree with most on here, you could have GT 1-4 depending on who you ask. I personally see a 2 team race between VT and GT. Miami is over-hyped and I watched some of the UNC spring game and they have the worst QB I have ever seen, makes Joe Cox look like John Elway. UNC’s defense will keep them in games.

reality

July 26th, 2010
12:21 pm

ACC Coastal = best Division in college football

Jenny

July 26th, 2010
12:21 pm

Dagadawgs

July 26th, 2010
12:22 pm

BTW, I am not a Tech fan at all, but this we run this state and giving scores from last year is getting old. I think both teams fan’s should give that crap a rest.

reality

July 26th, 2010
12:24 pm

GT will easily whip “the u” at home and beat VT and UNC on the road. Go Jackets!! Another BCS bowl!

Jones

July 26th, 2010
12:29 pm

bugeater- not near as much as having no respect in the workplace and in life and the only validation is coming on to a tech blog and blogging like a little pansy ass-

GTfanfrom1951

July 26th, 2010
12:32 pm

Tech will have to prove itself every year.

damon evans

July 26th, 2010
12:33 pm

bugsquacher, shouldn’t you be looking for an AD? Or a way to keep your football team out of jail? BTW, who are the SEC media picking to win your division? Thought so. Go lick your butt like the Dawg you are, and try to find a life dude.

MIAMI#1

July 26th, 2010
12:35 pm

MIAMI ALL THE WAY!!!

The Grinch

July 26th, 2010
12:36 pm

bugsquacher
July 26th, 2010
12:18 pm

“heck tech should be 3rd from the bottom………”

Isn’t that where UGA finished in its own division last year?

yeah

July 26th, 2010
12:39 pm

Jones Miami in 2001 was arguably the best team in college football history. They were ranked in the top 5 as recently as 2004…when GT upset them in Miami. Not a Miami fan…but they have been a dang good program since the 1980s. It all went downhill after Coker started playing with his own players and not Butch Davis recruited player…I think Shannon has them on the right track academically and athletically. Tech can beat them though…we gotta protect our house like we did in 2008. That was a fun game.

Bzzzzz

July 26th, 2010
12:39 pm

Hate to admit it – but Virginia Tech plays consistently good football every year and they have dominated the conference since they entered. They have been “the team to beat for years” We beat them last year to win the title, and if we really deserve it – we will beat them again this year. Preseason predictions don’t determine the ACC Champion – conference play does.

Dawghater

July 26th, 2010
12:43 pm

Who Cares. It’s a guess! Do the work on the field not in the papers!

DogDo

July 26th, 2010
12:43 pm

What a waste of effort. If all this meant anything, we could just let Bama and Ohio State go ahead and play for the NC, and cancel the rest of the season. Anybody for that? (Didn’t think so….)