2020 ACC Football Preseason Predictions: Virginia Tech Picked Fifth

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The 2020 ACC Football preseason predictions were released today, and Virginia Tech was picked by the media to finish fifth in the conference, out of 15 teams. The media picked Clemson as the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC championship.

2020 ACC Football Preseason Predictions
(graphic courtesy theacc.com)

This season is the first time the conference’s teams haven’t been split into divisions since 2004, and Notre Dame has been added to the mix and is eligible for the ACC Championship this season.

Schedules were revamped extensively by the ACC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each team will play ten conference games and has the option to play one out-of-conference game, as well. The conference begins play on Thursday, September 10 when Miami hosts UAB, and the full slate of ACC games begins in earnest the following Saturday, September 12. Click here for the full ACC football schedule as of today.

2020 ACC Football Preseason Predictions Notes

The number of ballots cast this year was down significantly, from 173 last year to 134 this year. Clemson picked up 132 first-place votes, and Notre Dame got the other two.

Last season the media correctly predicted a Clemson-vs-Virginia ACC Championship Game.

For all preseason media predictions dating back to 2005, click here.

2020 All-ACC Preseason Football Team

Here’s the full rundown of the first-team All-ACC predictions. Virginia Tech’s Rayshard Ashby is the only Hokie to appear on the first-team selections.

(Total votes in parenthesis)
WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State (100)
WR – Tutu Atwell, Louisville (96)
WR – Dazz Newsome, North Carolina (75)
TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami (77)
AP – Michael Carter, North Carolina (82)
OT – Jackson Carman, Clemson (64)
OT – Ben Petrula, Boston College (61)
OG – Zion Johnson, Boston College (78)
OG – Aaron Banks, Notre Dame (34)
C – Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt (80)
QB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (131)
RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson (133)
RB – Javian Hawkins, Louisville (80)

DE – Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest (89)
DE – Patrick Jones II, Pitt (37)
DT – Marvin Wilson, Florida State (108)
DT – Tyler Davis, Clemson (75)
LB – Chazz Surratt, North Carolina (106)
LB – Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech (66)
LB – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame (47)
CB – Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State (90)
CB – Derion Kendrick, Clemson (85)
S – Paris Ford, Pitt (62)
S – Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State (56)
Special Teams
PK – Nick Sciba, Wake Forest (69)
P – Trenton Gill, NC State (43)
SP – Damond Philyaw-Johnson, Duke (48)

2020 Preseason ACC Player of the Year

1. Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson – 100
2. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson – 30
3. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina – 1
4. Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina – 1
5. Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame – 1
6. Carlos Basham Jr., DE, Wake Forest – 1

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  1. put that chip on your shoulder boys!

    the first year in the “atypical covid conference” will be like our 1st first in the old acc !!

  2. I’m good with Tech being rated as-is. High enough to not be entirely dissed, but low enough to motivate the fellas. If everything falls into place, it could be a hell of a year. We play three of the four teams ranked ahead of us, and seven teams ranked below us. And look at the upside: at least the media isn’t predicting another “premature backulation” for Miami

    1. I don’t know about ditching the divisions, because the Coastal is relatively weak, but I do like the idea of ten conference games a year.

  3. Man, Sam Howell sure has a lot of pressure on him, because all this hype is based solely on him.

    I didn’t see anything last year that would lead me to believe these lofty expectations.

    The fact that they’ll have 3 new secondary guys seems to be overlooked.

    1. Sam Howell is worth the hype. Not to mention there’s quite a bit of young talent on that team. There’s no reason IMO do doubt those lofty expectations.

  4. This is not a terrible take. Could probably make a case for 4th or even 3rd. 10 is games in a row is going to be brutal.

    1. Maybe someone wanted to give a top rated defender some credit- 4th in votes behind two o- backs and 1 pt behind Marvin Wilson, who seems like he’s been playing for 6 years🤣

  5. Louisville can’t beat Va tech. We should be third or fourth at the very least. It’s so funny how the press loves the Tar Heels. Chaz Seratt a converted quarterback to linebacker really? It’s like they don’t even pay any attention to what the Hokies are doing. We throttled three opponents in a row that were all supposed to be better than us last year. And we have so many people back. Don’t worry. The fellas will get it straight on the field

    1. Ah, 1) ranked above uva and da U. 2) I prefer when we play from a low prediction it just smells better like Napalm in the morning after we beat everyone.

      Just win Baby Win.

      GO HOKIES!!!

    2. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone in recent memory do what Scott Satterield did with L’ville last season. Andy almost everyone is coming back. They may hit a slump, who knows, but he had that team rolling last season. Especially when you consider how awful they were just two years ago.

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