Media predicts Miami Hurricanes will win ACC Coastal Division

07/21/2014 2:22 PM

09/08/2014 7:54 PM

The Miami Hurricanes were voted by the media on Monday to win the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference and face defending national champion Florida State in the ACC title game.

But the Seminoles, in the Atlantic Division, were predicted to win the ACC championship by a landslide — in 104 of 112 ballots cast.

“It’s all about what you do now,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “You have to prove it every day.

“When good enough becomes good enough, you have a problem. If you don’t keep that attitude of domination, that hunger to be great, somebody is going to pass you up.’’

Miami’s 26 first-place votes placed third among Coastal Division teams, but the Hurricanes’ 614 total points led overall. Duke, the defending Coastal Division champion, received 33 first-place votes and 597 overall points.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe was asked why he thought his team wasn’t projected to win the Coastal.

“We received a lot of first-place votes,” Cutcliffe said. “I think if you look at the Coastal Division you could really do a serious 1 through 7, and then for fun, flip it, make it 7 to 1 and go right back down. It would be interesting to see which one was the most accurate.

“As I look at preseason votes, I’m happy for former players because I think it’s meaningless to this team. The 2014 team has got to go prove itself.”

Not one of the 112 ballots cast chose Miami to win the ACC title.

Virginia Tech was voted to finish third in the Coastal, followed by North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Virginia.

The Canes also were picked to finish first in the Coastal last season and in 2006. Last year, Miami finished 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the ACC (tied for second), while Duke lost to FSU 45-7 in the league’s title game.

In 2006, the Canes were 7-6 overall and 3-5 in the conference, with Wake Forest beating Georgia Tech in the ACC title game.

FSU, which went 14-0 last season, was also voted to win the ACC in 2011 and 2012 — and in each of its first 14 seasons after joining the league (1992-2005).

Voted to finish behind FSU in the Atlantic: Clemson, Louisville, Syracuse, NC State, Boston College and Wake Forest.

The media predicted reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston would be the ACC Player of the Year.

Hurricanes coach Al Golden did not want to discuss preseason predictions, but did stress the importance of defeating Florida State during the regular season.

“For us at the University of Miami to get back to where we want to be, we’ve got to win that game.”

New Louisville coach Bobby Petrino seemed thrilled Monday to be part of a conference “that has the reigning national champion. Our expectations are going to be high. We expect to compete for a championship.”

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