GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Clemson has been predicted to finish second in the Atlantic Division in a vote by league media, the ACC announced Tuesday.
The Tigers beat out N.C. State for second, with Florida State nabbing 56 of 87 first-place votes.
Also, Clemson senior running back C.J. Spiller took second in the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting. Georgia Tech junior back Jonathan Dwyer, the reigning player of the year, had 39 votes to Spiller’s 28. N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson had 16 votes as the only other player with more than one.
The Tigers nabbed 14 divisional first-place votes and two votes to win the ACC championship.
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Virginia Tech remains the distant favorite to win the ACC, claiming 69 of 87 votes to emerge as championship winner. The Hokies collected all but nine votes to win the Coastal Division ahead of Georgia Tech.
Predicted order of finish:
Atlantic Division -- Florida State (479), Clemson (387), N.C. State (364), Wake Forest (295), Maryland (157), Boston College (145)
Coastal Division -- Virginia Tech (512), Georgia Tech (415), North Carolina (350), Miami (282), Virginia (148), Duke (120).
Player of the year: Georgia Tech RB Jonathan Dwyer (39), Clemson RB C.J. Spiller (28), N.C. State QB Russell Wilson (16), FSU QB Christian Ponder (1), Wake Forest QB Riley Skinner (1), Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor (1), Virginia QB/CB Vic Hall (1).