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Virginia Football picked by media to finish last in the ACC Coastal Division

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This is a familiar storyline that this time, hopefully has a different ending.

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Once again, Clemson was picked by the ACC Media as the preseason favorites to win both the Atlantic Division and the conference, and it wasn’t even close. Meanwhile, for the third straight year, Virginia was picked to finish last in the conference — again, it wasn’t even close.

Here are the final points totals based off of 191 ballots:

ACC Championship Votes

1. Clemson - 144

2. Florida State - 39

3. North Carolina - 7

4. Louisville - 1

Atlantic Division (First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Clemson (148) – 1,293

2. Florida State (42) – 1,176

3. Louisville (1) – 961

4. NC State – 704

5. Boston College – 441

6. Syracuse – 426

7. Wake Forest – 347

Coastal Division (First place votes in parenthesis)

1. North Carolina (121) – 1,238

2. Miami (50) – 1,108

3. Pitt (14) – 859

4. Virginia Tech (3) – 697

5. Duke (2) – 597

6. Georgia Tech (1) – 588

7. Virginia – 261

If these numbers look familiar for the Hoos, it’s because for the third straight year, Virginia was the only team not to receive any first place votes among the league’s credentialed media.

Clemson’s Deshaun Watson leads the votes as preseason player of the year, again by a landslide. He was last year’s ACC player of the year and preseason player of the year as well.

ACC Player of the Year

1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson - 164

2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State - 18

3. Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina - 4

t-4. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami - 2

t-4. Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville - 2

5. DeVon Edwards, CB/KR, Duke - 1

The season kicks off for the Hoos in just 40 days as Virginia plays host to Richmond at 3:30 p.m. on September 3.