2016 ACC Football Preseason Predictions: ACC Media Picks Virginia Tech to Finish Fourth in Coastal

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Even with a new head coach and a bunch of talent coming back on the offensive side of the ball, the media isn’t that high on the Hokies.

Virginia Tech was picked to finish fourth in the ACC Coastal Atlantic Division by the media at the annual ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, NC last week.

North Carolina is predicted to win the division, with Miami, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia following suit.  Clemson is predicted to win the Atlantic division, with Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Boston College. Syracuse and Wake Forest following behind. Clemson was picked to beat North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game.

The Hokies did receive three first-place votes. Virginia Tech has to play North Carolina and Pittsburgh on the road this season, but will get Miami in Lane Stadium in a Thursday night game. Tech’s finish in the Coastal will likely depend on how they do in those games.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was tabbed as the ACC Player of the Year, which he also won last season. Watson threw for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns last season, while running for 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Here’s a breakdown of how the media voted.

2016 ACC Football Preseason Predictions

ACC Championship Votes

1.       Clemson – 144

2.       Florida State – 39

3.       North Carolina – 7

4.       Louisville – 1

ACC Player of the Year

1.       Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson – 164

2.       Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State – 18

3.       Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina – 4

t-4. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami – 2

t-4. Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville – 2

5.       DeVon Edwards, CB/KR, Duke – 1

You can find the entire press release from the ACC here.

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  1. It is better to start the season as underdog. It can be the kiss of death to be ranked too high too early, you become a target. Now we can target the three teams ahead of us and kick their a….. Save the high ranking for the end of the season no need to waste it on the preseason.

  2. Does anyone pay attention to their predictions? They are rolling the dice and this is something to print in the “dead season” of sporting news. The media on all fronts is “lost in the wilderness.”

  3. Thank you ACC MEDIA for putting the CHIP Squarely back on the VT SHOULDER PADS!

    Go Gettem HOKIES – make every opponent sorry they played us every week!

    1. chips! we really should have some for each player.

      if we sold them in the stadium {to pay for COA},
      someone’d say they resemble sugar cookies and … ;
      but in morganhole they’d use them for couch-fire tinder,
      or throw them on the field.

  4. This is a good place to start, fourth in the Coastal. It says that we’re are close and at the same time it doesn’t give us anything to be over confident. This is a good starting point for the VT career of one Justin Fuente.

  5. I can understand why we we are picked fourth. We haven’t done much the last few years to show that we can beat Pitt. Even when they aren’t that good. I can also understand putting Miami ahead of us.

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