Jul 242013

The ACC media poll is out and Pitt was picked fifth in the Coastal Division. Wait, who’s in the ACC Coastal Division? Let’s take a look:

Coastal Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Miami (65) 736
2. Virginia Tech (27) 654
3. North Carolina (22) 649
4. Georgia Tech (6) 522
5. Pitt 313
6. Virginia 230
7. Duke 228

I can’t say I disagree strongly with these rankings though I’m not sure that UNC or Georgia Tech really deserved any first-place votes. However both programs are in a stronger position than Pitt (for now). Considering that it’s only year two of Paul Chryst’s tenure, breaking in a new starting RB tandem and a new QB, I’ll be happy with 7 wins and a bowl game.

The Coastal Division is overall weaker than the Atlantic Division. The winner of the Atlantic will be a clear-cut favorite in the ACC Championship game.

Atlantic Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Clemson (102) 815
2. Florida State (18) 731
3. NC State 490
4. Wake Forest 392
5. Maryland 373
6. Syracuse 320
7. Boston College 211

The top two in the Atlantic are well-ensconced. But it has to be a bit of a kick in the pants to Syracuse to be ranked behind Wake Forest and Maryland. It doesn’t help that they’re breaking in a new coach and a new QB but that still hurts. But I would have put the Orange at least at 5th ahead of Maryland.

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