The ACC media have picked Florida State to defeat Virginia Tech for the ACC Championship during the 2012 season. The media also selected their Preseason Player of the Year, and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins was at the top of the charts.
This marks the fourth season in a row that the ACC Media have predicted a Florida State-Virginia Tech matchup in the ACC Championship Game. So far they have been correct just once, when the Hokies defeated the Seminoles in Charlotte at the end of the 2010 season.
Here’s how the voting in the Atlantic Division looks, with first place votes in parentheses…
1: Florida State (72) 543
2: Clemson (17) 470
3: NC State (5) 402
4: Wake Forest 241
5: Boston College 181
6: Maryland 148
The Atlantic Division is expected to be a three-team race between Florida state, Clemson and NC State, with a significant drop-off between those three teams and the three teams at the bottom.
The Coastal Division looks like this…
1: Virginia Tech (83) 558
2: Georgia Tech (10) 421
3: North Carolina (2) 341
4: Virginia 326
5: Miami 245
6: Duke 104
The media expects the Coastal Division to be a Battle of the Techs, which it seems to be each and every year. However, most expect the Atlantic Division to triumph over the Coastal Division in Charlotte.
1: Florida State, 60
2: Virginia Tech, 18
3: Clemson, 13
4: Georgia Tech, 3
5: NC State, 1
Only 21 of the 95 voters picked a Coastal Division team to win the ACC Championship.
Sammy Watkins was a close pick over Logan Thomas to win the ACC Player of the Year honors.
1: Sammy Watkins, Clemson WR, 25
2: Logan Thomas, VT QB, 21
3: E.J. Manuel, FSU QB, 19
4: Tajh Boyd, Clemson QB, 18
5: Mike Glennon, NC State QB, 5
6: David Amerson, NC State CB, 3
7: Giovani Bernard, UNC RB, 1
7: Bryn Renner, UNC QB, 1
7: Tanner Price, Wake QB, 1
7: Kyle Fuller, VT CB, 1
Quarterback is a position of strength in the ACC this year, with six signal callers receiving votes.