The ACC media made their predictions for the conference this week, which includes a title game that would be a first. The media predicts that Florida State and Miami will face off in the ACC Championship Game in December. They predict that the Noles will win that game.
Here is how the voting broke down:
Atlantic Division (First place votes)
1. Florida State (121) — 1,108
2. Clemson (37) — 1,007
3. Louisville (9) — 843
4. NC State — 658
5. Wake Forest — 415
6. Syracuse — 362
7. Boston College — 283
Coastal Division (First place votes)
1. Miami (103) — 1,065
2. Virginia Tech (40) — 932
3. Georgia Tech (9) — 708
4. Pittsburgh (7) — 673
5. North Carolina (4) — 606
6. Duke (4) — 473
7. Virginia — 219
The media clearly think Miami is the overwhelming dominant force in the Coastal. Same goes for Florida State in the Atlantic. If this match up does indeed come to fruition, it was exactly the scenario the conference brass had in mind when they extended their invitation to Miami years ago. The crazy aspect of this whole ordeal is that Miami hasn’t won a single division title since joining the conference. In fact they have had more success in basketball, which wasn’t the reason for joining the league, it was all about football.
2017 could be that special year for Miami as they look to finally get over the hump. Miami and Florida State play each other on Saturday September 16 at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. That’s going to be a prime time game on ABC. The idea that it’s possible these two teams can play twice in one season is very intriguing.
In addition to voting in which teams will make it to the title game, the media also voted for player of the year in the conference. This was quite the runaway as Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, the Heisman Trophy winner from a year ago was voted overwhelmingly. Florida State QB Deondre Francois came in a distant second. This award is Jackson’s to lose. The chances of him winning the Heisman obviously are lower, but with a ton of attrition at the QB position in the conference gives him a wide edge to win player of the year.