Virginia Tech Picked By Media To Win ACC

Justin CocchiolaCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2009

BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Head coach Frank Beamer of the Virginia Tech Hokies looks on after the Hokies 17-7 win over the East Carolina Pirates on September 1, 2007 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The ACC media day was this past weekend, and Virginia Tech is the favorite to win the conference for the third straight year.

Virginia Tech received all but nine votes for first place in the coastal division and Georgia Tech finished second in voting. 

The media voted North Carolina, Miami, Virginia and Duke to take the three through six spots, respectively, in the Coastal Division.

Florida State received 56 out of 87 first place votes to be considered as the favorite in the Atlantic Division.  Clemson, NC State and Wake Forest also received votes for first place

Maryland and Boston College were voted to finish fifth and sixth within the division.

The voting may be foreshadowing a competitive season within the Atlantic Division. 

Personally, I feel like NC State is getting a little too much hype entering the season.  They barely became bowl eligible last year, and the health of sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson always seems to be in question.

I think Wake Forest and NC state will battle for the third and fourth spots in that division, but that's only going to lead to another mediocre bowl for each team.

Everyone seems to be afraid to pick Clemson in the Atlantic.  The media in-particular was burned bad by Clemson last year after their opening week loss to Alabama.

Clemson obviously wasn't the ninth best team in the nation last year but they had loads of talent, and still do.  That's why I think they'll win the Atlantic with Dabo Swinney as the head coach for the entire season.

Florida State also has a good squad returning, but having Bobby Bowden around as a "figure head" gets in the way of this team's success.  Although his official position is offensive coordinator, It's obvious Jimbo Fisher is the head coach.

Not having your head coach on the sideline, as Fisher likes calling the offense from the booth, hurts your football team.

It will be a battle all season long for the Atlantic Division title, and the Atlantic should be more interesting than the Coastal, if all goes well for the Hokies.