Jason Parker

Miami, Florida State Picked by Media to Win ACC Football Divisions in 2017

Florida State is the preseason pick to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is the preseason player of the year.

Florida State was picked as the Atlantic Division favorite while Miami was the top choice in the Coastal. 121 voters picked the Seminoles to win their division while 103 voters picked the Hurricanes to win theirs.

The ACC announced voting results Monday following a poll of 167 media members who attended last week's media days in Charlotte. The Seminoles were picked as overall ACC champions on 118 ballots while reigning national champion Clemson received 35 votes. Miami got three votes.

Clemson was picked behind the Seminoles in the division, followed by Louisville, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Boston College. Behind Miami in the Coastal were Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia.

Jackson was the preseason pick as the conference's top player on 113 ballots, while Florida State QB Deondre Francois got 23 votes. Two players for the Hurricanes, WR Ahmmon Richards and LB Shaquille Quarterman, each got one vote.

If the Seminoles and Hurricanes both win their divisions, it would be the first time to rivals will meet in the ACC Championship Game. Miami has yet to make it to the title game since joining the conference in 2004, while the Noles have played in the game four times since its debut in 2005.

Florida State and Miami will meet in their annual regular season rivalry game on September 16th in Tallahassee. The Hurricanes have lost the last seven games in the series, tied for the longest streak in the history of the series which dates back to 1951.

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