If the media is right (chuckle), it’ll be all about the Orange & White in the ACC in 2013.
At the conference’s kickoff meetings Monday in Greensboro, NC, both Clemson and its starting quarterback, Tajh Boyd, were tabbed by the media as overwhelming favorites for both team and individual honors.
On the former front, Clemson was picked by 95 of the 120 members as the favorite to claim the ACC championship. Defending conference champion Florida State was the only other school to receive double-digit votes (15), while Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina received three title votes apiece. Virginia Tech (1) was the only other of the 14 members schools to receive a nod from the media.
Division-wise, Clemson was again the overwhelming favorite of the media type in the Atlantic, pulling in 102 first-place votes and 815 points total to far outdistance FSU (18, 731). Those were the only two schools to receive first-place votes.
Over in the Coastal, the voting was much closer. Miami received 65 first-place votes, followed by Virginia Tech (27), North Carolina (22) and Georgia Tech (6).
Newcomers Pittsburgh and Syracuse are projected to finish sixth in the Atlantic and fifth in the Coastal, respectively.
Of the 120 voters, 55 of them predicted a Clemson win over Miami in the ACC Championship Game.
On the individual side of the ledger, Boyd received 105 of a possible 120 first-place votes as the media’s preseason Player of the Year. Boyd won the award in 2012, and a repeat would be the first for the conference since Florida State’s Charlie Ward went back-to-back in the early nineties.
Miami running back Duke Johnson, with four votes, placed second to Boyd in the POTY voting. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins received three votes apiece. Three other players — Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech; Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State; Stephen Morris, Miami — received votes.
Below is the individual vote totals for both the Atlantic and Coastal divisions, with first-place votes in parentheses:
1. Clemson (102) 815
2. Florida State (18) 731
3. NC State 490
4. Wake Forest 392
5. Maryland 373
6. Syracuse 320
7. Boston College 211
1. Miami (65) 736
2. Virginia Tech (27) 654
3. North Carolina (22) 649
4. Georgia Tech (6) 522
5. Pitt 313
6. Virginia 230
7. Duke 228