GREENSBORO -- Virginia Tech has won three conference titles since joining the ACC in 2004. The assembled media in Greensboro made the Hokies' the favorite to win a fourth title in 2009.
Virginia Tech received 78 first-place votes, out of 87, to win the Coastal Division and 69 to win the conference title.
Order has been restored to the preseason media picks, for the 17th time in 18 years in the ACC, Florida State was picked to at least win its division. The Seminoles received 56, out of 87 first-place votes, to win the Atlantic Division, followed by Clemson (with 14 first-place votes), N.C. State (10) and Wake Forest (seven).
Georgia Tech (nine) was on the only other team to receive a vote in the Coastal.
GT running back Jonathan Dwyer was named the preseason Player of the Year, edging Clemson's C.J. Spiller, 39 to 28. Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson was third with 16 votes.
The predicted order of finish:
|Atlantic ||Pts ||Coastal ||Pts |
|1. FSU (56)||479||1. VT (78)||512|
|2. Clemson (14)||387||2. GT (9)||415|
|3. N.C. State (10)||364||3. UNC||350|
|4. Wake Forest (7)||295||4. Miami||282|
|5. Maryland||157||5. UVa||148|
|6. Boston College||145||6. Duke||120|
|Jonathan Dwyer, RB, GT||39|
|C.J. Spiller, RB, Clem||28|
|Russell Wilson, QB, N.C. State||16|
|Christian Ponder, QB, FSU||1|
|Vic Hall, QB, UVa||1|
|Tyrod Taylor, QB, VT||1|
|Riley Skinner, QB, Wake||1|
-- J.P. Giglio