Clemson Picked To Finish 2nd In The Atlantic

With the Tigers picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney says a tough division will provide a stern test each week for his team.

With the well-documented 78% of the offensive production now in the NFL, Clemson's question marks on offense have relegated the Tigers to second in the Atlantic according to voting in the ACC preseason media poll.

In the Atlantic Division preseason voting, Florida State led the way with 121 first-place votes and 1,108 total points. Clemson was next with 37 first-place votes and 1,007 points, while Louisville received nine first-place votes and checked in with 843 total points.

NC State (658 total points) was tabbed for a fourth-place Atlantic Division finish, followed by Wake Forest (415), Syracuse (362) and Boston College (283).

Miami was selected the likely Coastal Division winner by 103 voters and amassed 1,065 total points. Defending division champion Virginia Tech followed with 40 first-place votes and 932 points. Georgia Tech placed third with nine first-place votes and 708 points.

Pitt (seven first-place votes) totaled 673 points, followed by North Carolina (four first-place votes) at 606, Duke (four first-place votes) at 473 and Virginia at 219.

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson from Louisville is the preseason player of the year. Clemson defensive end Christian Wilkins was third in the voting for that award.

At the ACC Kickoff last week in Charlotte, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney mentioned several times that the lack of questions concerning his current players will help motivate them this season to show they deserve some attention. Now the coach has another motivation arrow in his quiver with the release of the preseason media poll.

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