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Media pick FSU-Miami ACC Title Game

Today concludes the two-day ACC Kickoff, the conference’s annual media event held to introduce the nation to the coaches and stars of the upcoming football season. Part of the event is a gauging of the national media’s opinions regarding the season to come, and the media’s preseason reaction to the defending-champion Florida State Seminoles’ prospects in 2014 is clear: the ‘Noles are the class of the ACC.

Released earlier today, FSU is the runaway pick to win both the ACC Atlantic division and the conference itself. Jameis Winston was selected to repeat as the ACC Player of the Year, also by a gaping margin.

Of note to Seminoles fans is the much more disputed ACC Coastal, which media members narrowly picked the rival Miami Hurricanes to win. While many thought this rivalry would be rekindled regularly to decide the conference, Florida State and Miami have never met in the conference championship game. The game commences in 2005, and FSU has played in it four times, winning thrice. Miami has not played in the ACC championship game.

Here’s how the voting broke down:

ACC Atlantic (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Florida State (109) – 780
2. Clemson (3) – 660
3. Louisville – 564
4. Syracuse – 368
5. NC State – 326
6. Boston College – 301
7. Wake Forest – 136

ACC Coastal (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Miami (26) – 614
2. Duke (33) – 597
3. Virginia Tech (23) – 571
4. North Carolina (27) – 570
5. Georgia Tech (1) – 322
6. Pitt (2) -319
7. Virginia -142

ACC Championship 
1. Florida State – 104
2. Clemson – 2
3. Virginia Tech – 2

ACC Player of the Year
1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – 99
2. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson – 6
3. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami – 1
4. Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke – 1
5. Brenden Motley, QB, Virginia Tech -1

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