ACC preseason poll: Florida State No. 1, Clemson No. 2 – Charleston Post Courier
CLEMSON — 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.
On Monday, the ACC announced the results of a preseason poll from the conference’s Kickoff event last week, which ran Thursday and Friday in Charlotte. Of the 167 ballots submitted, 118 of them marked the Seminoles as the preseason favorites to win the conference. 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.
Jimbo Fisher’s FSU team received 121 first-place votes to win the Atlantic Division, while Dabo Swinney and Clemson got 37.
Miami was the favorite to win the Coastal Division with 103 first-place votes, followed by Virginia Tech with 40.
To no surprise, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson is the heavy favorite to win the conference’s player of the year award, leading the pack with 113 votes. The Louisville quarterback averaged 393.4 yards per game of total offense and had 51 touchdowns, which were both single-season records for the ACC. He is the youngest player to ever win the Heisman, and with the Cardinals, will host Clemson on Sept. 16.
The next highest finisher for conference player of the year was FSU quarterback Deondre Francois, who earned 23 votes. Christian Wilkins, the Clemson defensive tackle, came in third with 11.
Clemson opens its season Sept. 2 against Kent State. The Tigers will travel to Louisville in Week 3 and host Florida State on Nov. 11.
ACC Championship Poll
1. Florida State (118 votes)
2. Clemson (35)
3. Louisville (7
4. Virginia Tech (3)
4. Miami (3)
6. Duke (1)
(First-place votes in parenthesis)