The 2018 ACC Football preseason predictions were released today, and Virginia Tech was picked by the media to finish second in the Coastal Division. The media picked Clemson to win the Atlantic Division, as well as the ACC championship.
2018 ACC Football Preseason Predictions Notes
In total, 148 ballots were cast, and 122 (82.4 percent) picked Miami to win the division, while 16 (10.8 percent) picked Virginia Tech to win the division. Georgia Tech received eight votes, while Duke and UNC got one each.
This is the fifth time Miami has been picked to win the division in 14 years of divisional play. (The ACC didn’t have divisions in 2004.) Virginia Tech has been picked to win the Coastal seven times in that time span. The other two picks have gone to Georgia Tech (2015) and North Carolina (2016).
139 voters selected Clemson to win the ACC Championship. Five picked Miami, two went with NC State, while Virginia Tech and Florida State received one vote each.
Virginia Tech has not been predicted to win the Coastal Division since the 2012 season. Miami won the division last year after being selected as the winners in the preseason. That was the first time since Virginia Tech in 2011 that the preseason Coastal Division favorite went on to win the division.
ACC Football Preseason Coastal Division Predictions and Eventual Champions
|Year||Preseason Pick||Champion (Preseason Pick)|
|2006||Miami||Georgia Tech (3rd)|
|2009||VT||Georgia Tech (2nd)|
|2012||VT||Georgia Tech (2nd)|
|2014||Miami||Georgia Tech (5th)|
|2015||Georgia Tech||UNC (5th)|