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Joedy McCreary | The Associated Press | July 23, 2014

FSU, Miami picked to win ACC divisions

  Florida State and Miami are the media picks to meet in the ACC Championship.

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Defending national champion Florida State and Miami (Fla.) are the favorites to win the Atlantic Coast Conference divisions.

The league announced its predicted order of finish Monday after a vote of 112 media members at its preseason media days.

FOOTBALL MEDIA DAYS SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT
July 14-17 SEC Media Days
July 20-21 ACC Media Days
July 21-22 Big 12 Media Days
July 22 Sun Belt Media Day
July 22-23 Mountain West Media Days
July 23 C-USA Media Day
July 23 MAC Media Day
July 23-24 Pac-12 Media Days
July 28-29 Big Ten Media Days
July 28-29 American Athletic Media Days

The Seminoles were picked as the overall league champions by 104 media members and received 109 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division.

The Coastal Division was muddier, with four teams separated by 44 points. Miami had 614 points to 597 for defending champion Duke, 571 for Virginia Tech and 570 for North Carolina.

Both the Blue Devils (33) and Tar Heels (27) received more first-place votes than the Hurricanes (26).

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State was the overwhelming pick for preseason player of the year with 99 votes. Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley was the only other player to receive multiple votes for the individual award with six.

Clemson was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division, followed by newcomer Louisville, Syracuse, North Carolina State, Boston College and Wake Forest.

Georgia Tech was picked fifth in the Coastal, followed by Pittsburgh and Virginia.

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