Tech picked second in ACC Coastal

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech was picked to finish second in the ACC Coastal Division behind Virginia Tech in a media poll at ACC Media Days. Florida State received 60 out of 95 votes to win the league championship.

It is a seeming ritual of the ACC kickoff event to pick the Seminoles to win the league, only to see them fall short in the season. Since 2005, when the league split into two divisions, Florida State has been picked to win at least the Atlantic Division, if not the league title, six of seven years. The Seminoles have made it to the ACC title game twice in that span.

Ten voters picked the Yellow Jackets to win the Coastal and three picked them to win the league title.

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins narrowly defeated Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas as preseason player of the year, 25 votes to 21. No Georgia Tech player received any votes.

ACC championship votes

1. Florida State 60

2. Virginia Tech 18

3. Clemson 13

4. Georgia Tech 3

5. N.C. State 1

Atlantic Division

1. Florida State (72 first-place votes) 543

2. Clemson (17) 470

3. N.C. State 402

4. Wake Forest 241

5. Boston College 181

6. Maryland 148

Coastal Division

1. Virginia Tech (83) 558

2. Georgia Tech (10) 328

3. North Carolina (2) 341

4. Virginia 326

5. Miami 245

6. Duke 104

ACC player of the year

1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson 25

2. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech 21

3. EJ Manuel, Florida State 19

4. Tajh Boyd, Clemson 18

5. Mike Glennon, N.C. State 5

6. David Amerson, N.C. State 3

7. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina 1

Bryn Renner, North Carolina 1

Tanner Price, Wake Forest 1

Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech 1

32 comments Add your comment

GT4Life (the Original)

July 23rd, 2012
1:45 pm

GT4Life (the Original)

July 23rd, 2012
1:46 pm

Win on Labor Day and prove, once again, how dumb the media polls are


July 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

Wow, Florida State receiving all the hype yet again?

Clemson will win the Atlantic, and we will win the Coastal.

GT fan

July 23rd, 2012
2:02 pm

I’m shocked that, once again, VT & FSU are picked to win their respective divisions, LOL!

I can understand VT, b/c at least they have won the Coastal quite a few times. But to continue picking FSU is becoming commical.

VT losing 4 starters on the OL, their top 2 WRs, and one of the ACC’s best RBs …… I like the GT pick. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see UVA or UNC win the coastal either. I’m saying either GT or UNC wins it.

I like Clemson from the Atlantic, and if not the Tigers then either FSU or NCST.


July 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

Looks like UNC got more points than us 341>328, but I guess we got more winning votes so we win? This is like Heisman trophy voting


July 23rd, 2012
2:12 pm

The game on Labor Day will pretty much deccide the Coastal…lose that game and it is going to be a long hard slog of a season. G Tech matches up will with V Tech, the games are always close.


July 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm

I guess the perception is that FSU gets the best talent, so they will have to rise back to the top eventually…keep picking them every year and you will be right sooner or later.


July 23rd, 2012
2:13 pm

I’m not stunned by the FSU prediction….not sure VT can beat GT and Clemson in the same year, though. Guess we’ll have to play the games anyway!

Jacket Man

July 23rd, 2012
2:17 pm

Paul Johnson has them right where he wants them…


July 23rd, 2012
2:38 pm

Does Chuck Oliver still have inside information that FSU is definitively moving to the Big 12?

Hokie Duck

July 23rd, 2012
2:50 pm

Enter your comments here

GT fan

July 23rd, 2012
2:51 pm

The only inside info Chuck Oliver has is that HE is the smartest person he knows …..


July 23rd, 2012
3:05 pm

CPJ interview airing on chuck and chernoff today at 4:45.


July 23rd, 2012
3:11 pm

Believe it when I see it. FSU winning the ACC.

Tech picked second is fair for the media. VA Tech has owned the Jackets pretty much. Will be even sweeter if the Jackets can rise up!

Georgia DAWGS

July 23rd, 2012
3:15 pm

GT is 7-5 at best… No Defense… turning the ball over too much


July 23rd, 2012
3:20 pm

Kang Chuck hates the ACC and GT, but he loves himself!


July 23rd, 2012
3:28 pm

i see gt beating vt labor day and winning the coastal.

this MIGHT be the year fsu finally lives up to the hype.

if so, then i’d expect them to win the acc cg over gt.

it can still be a great year for gt in 2012.

12-2 has a nice ring to it.


July 23rd, 2012
3:47 pm

Hey Georgia DAWGS….

If we can use last season’s TOs as a metric for this season it looks like Tech will be okay…

19 Turnovers Lost — T32nd in FBS

But UGA…not so great…

25 Turnovers Lost — T80th in FBS.

Both teams have room for improvement….however if you change “no defense” in your post to “no 3rd down defense” I would have to agree with you.


July 23rd, 2012
4:02 pm

gotta love these uga fans posting on a GT blog with the same thing years after years. Oh well, it is uga no surprise THWG

GT Alum

July 23rd, 2012
4:04 pm

reebock -

I think that’s the same kind of philosophy media members took with the Braves during their title streak. They kept picking against the Braves for several years before the Braves finally lost the division, probably thinking, “No team can keep winning its division forever.”

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
4:18 pm

Been there Done that………..not Picked to be #2 but finishing #2 has been to regular.

STOMP the Turkey Neck in the DIRT

5150 UOAD

July 23rd, 2012
4:20 pm

Gotsis is READY to PLAY. he is working hard. F Kallon is on campus now and making BIG STRIDE on the Learning Curve.

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July 23rd, 2012
5:50 pm

Tech actually had 421 which is more than UNC’s 341…

Not Disappointed!

July 23rd, 2012
6:16 pm

We should give a Virginia Tech a run for the money!


July 23rd, 2012
6:28 pm

Second in the division? That’s cool to know; now we don’t have to go to all the trouble of playing the games. What bowl game do we get?

Paul in NH

July 23rd, 2012
6:29 pm

The preseason rankings are about what I expected, but who cares? It’s what you do on the field that counts.


July 23rd, 2012
6:37 pm

You mean we DO have to play the games?


July 23rd, 2012
10:24 pm

Like Johnson’s attitude.
This team is going to be better than most think.

Just beat VT and then one game at a time!

GT fan

July 24th, 2012
1:28 am

VT will be GT’s best opening opponent, by far, under PJ, but I’m liking more & more VT’s lack of OL, WRs and RB from the 2011 team come September 3rd.

@ VT’s house is a big advantage for the Turkeys, but I have faith in PJ. Nothing like a solid, deep & experienced OL to go on the road with. QB is experienced, as well as Orwin. Long, methodical drives, silence the crowd, and get the W! Easier said than done, but definitely a winnable game for the Jackets.

For all the betters, GT will be an underdog. Depending on the #, this could be a game to bet the house on???


July 24th, 2012
9:57 am

The 1st game will be very important for the balance of the season. I know the players are focussed.

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