ACC in final AP and USA Today Coaches polls

January, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The final votes are in, and the ACC finished with three teams in the top 25 of the Associated Press poll -- No. 15 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Florida State and No. 22 Georgia Tech.

The coaches had a slightly different opinion, as their final order was No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 22 Georgia Tech and No. 23 Florida State. (Don't forget during the regular season the Yellow Jackets did beat the Seminoles at home).

For what it's worth, I had Virginia Tech No. 16, Florida State No. 18 and Georgia Tech No. 19 in the ESPN.com Power Ranking I turned in this morning. (And Utah No. 1, but that's a whole other discussion). I put FSU ahead of the Yellow Jackets because of the way they handled Wisconsin and because of what Georgia Tech didn't do against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Still, Georgia Tech is better than it played in its bowl game, and despite the losses on defense should have one of the most productive offenses in the league and again compete for the Coastal Division.

It's safe to say these three teams should be the league's representatives in the 2009 preseason poll, with the Hokies possibly earning a top 10 spot.

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