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PINEHURST, N.C. – The Virginia football team was picked to finish in fifth-place of the ACC’s Coastal Division, which was announced during the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff on Monday at the Pinehurst Resort. The media voted Florida State as the league’s favorite to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division and defeat Virginia Tech for the 2011 ACC Football title.

Florida State was chosen on 50 ballots to win its first ACC title since 2005. Virginia Tech finished second (18), Clemson (2) third and Boston College (1) fourth in votes to win the title. The Hokies were tabbed to win the ACC’s Coastal Division with 421 points, including 66-of-71 first-place votes. Miami (328) picked up four first-place votes and is projected as the division’s second place team. Rounding out the Coastal Division predicted order of finish is North Carolina (287), Georgia Tech (226), Virginia (132) and Duke (96). Florida State compiled 420 points and 65-of-71 first-place votes to claim the Atlantic Division title over Clemson (286), NC State (270), Boston College (224), Maryland (211) and Wake Forest (80). Clemson grabbed four first-place votes and Boston College received two of its own.

Boston College senior running back Montel Harris, who enters his final season within striking distance of the conference’s 33-year-old record for career rushing yardage, was selected as the ACC’s Preseason Player of the Year. Harris garnered 26 votes to finish ahead of Florida State’s EJ Manuel (14) and Eagles’ teammate Luke Kuechly (12). Virginia Tech’s David Wilson (12) and Maryland’s Danny O’Brien (8) round out the league’s players with the most votes.

ACC Championship Votes

2011 ACC Football Preseason Media Polls
ACC Championship Votes
1. Florida State 50
2. Virginia Tech 18
3. Clemson 2
4. Boston College 1

Atlantic Division
1. Florida State (65) 420
2. Clemson (4) 286
3. NC State 270
4. Boston College (2) 224
5. Maryland 211
6. Wake Forest 80

Coastal Division

1. Virginia Tech (66) 421
2. Miami (4) 328
3. North Carolina 287
4. Georgia Tech (1) 226
5. Virginia 132
6. Duke 96

ACC Player of the Year
1. Montel Harris, Boston College 26
2. EJ Manuel, Florida State 14
3. Luke Kuechly, Boston College 12
4. David Wilson, Virginia Tech 8
5. Danny O’Brien, Maryland 4
6. Andre Ellington, Clemson 3
7. Lamar Miller, Miami 2
T8. Sean Spence, Miami 1
T8. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State 1

ACC Championship Game Predictions
1. Florida State over Virginia Tech 45
2. Virginia Tech over Florida State 15
3. Florida State over Miami 4
T4. Clemson over Virginia Tech 2
T4. Virginia Tech over Clemson 2
T6. Florida State over Georgia Tech 1
T6. Virginia Tech over Boston College 1
T6. Boston College over Virginia Tech 1

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