GREENSBORO, N.C. - Despite coming off its first Atlantic Coast Conference title in 20 years and returning stars like receiver Sammy Watkins and quarterback Tajh Boyd, the media selected Clemson to finish second in the ACC’s Atlantic Division behind Florida State in voting released Monday. Florida State was also the overwhelming pick to win the ACC.
Watkins was voted as the ACC preseason player in the year in close race. Watkins received 25 votes, bettering Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas who received (21), Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel (19) and Boyd (18).
In an overwhelming vote, Florida State received 72 first-place votes in voting for the Atlantic Division. Clemson took in 18 votes.
It’s the fourth straight year and sixth in the last eight years that Florida State and Virginia Tech have been picked to win their divisions.
The Seminoles received 60 votes to win the ACC. Virginia Tech was second with 18 and Clemson was third with 13.
Virginia Tech was picked to win the Coastal, Georgia Tech was second followed by North Carolina, Virginia, Miami and Duke.