The Clemson Tigers, who posted a 12-2 record and earned a College Football Playoff berth for the third consecutive year in 2017, were picked by 139 out of 148 ACC media members last month to beat the Miami Hurricanes in a rematch of last year’s conference championship game.
The Florida State Seminoles have a new head coach in Willie Taggart, who takes over for Jimbo Fisher. Quarterback Deondre Francois returns after suffering a season-eneding injury in the Seminoles 2017 opener against Alabama.
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The University of Miami got its highest preseason ranking Thursday in a major poll since 2005, when it was also ranked No. 8 among the coaches. The Canes open 2018 fall camp on Saturday in Coral Gables.