GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke received a division-leading 33 first-place votes and was picked to finish second in the ACC Coastal Division in a poll conducted by media members in attendance at the ACC Football Kickoff at Grandover Resort.
The reigning ACC Coastal champion Blue Devils amassed 597 total points to ¬trail only division favorite Miami, which totaled 26 first-place votes and 614 points. Virginia Tech was picked to finish third in the division with 23 first-place votes and 571 points followed by North Carolina (27 first-place votes, 570 points), Georgia Tech (one first-place vote, 322 points), Pitt (two first-place votes, 319 points) and Virginia (142 points).
Reigning national champion Florida State was the overwhelming favorite to repeat as ACC Champions, grabbing 104 championship votes, 109 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division and 670 total points. Clemson, with three first-place votes and 660 points, was pegged to finish second in the Atlantic followed by Louisville (564 points), Syracuse (368), NC State (326), Boston College (301) and Wake Forest (136).
Duke has outperformed its predicted order of finish in back-to-back seasons, countering a last-place prediction in 2012 with a fifth-place finish and a bowl berth and another last-place prediction in 2013 with the ACC Coastal Division crown and a trip to the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Duke senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder received one vote as the favorite to win ACC Player of the Year. Florida State quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston received 99 of a possible 112 preseason player of the year votes.
The Blue Devils went 10-4 overall and 6-2 in the ACC in 2013 to win the first ACC Coastal Division title in program history. The Blue Devils return 43 letterwinners, eight offensive starters and six defensive starters from last year’s squad that finished the year ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. Led by national coach of the year David Cutcliffe, Duke rattled off an eight-game winning streak and won double-digit games for the first time in school history.
Duke opens the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Elon at Wallace Wade Stadium. Tickets are available at www.goduke.com/footballtix or by calling (919) 681-BLUE.
ACC Championship Votes 1. Florida State - 104 2. Clemson - 2 3. Virginia Tech - 2 (4 voters made no selection)
Atlantic Division (First place votes in parenthesis) 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
Coastal Division (First place votes in parenthesis) 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 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 (4 voters made no selection)