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Monday, July 22, 2013
BC picked to finish last in ACC

By Jack McCluskey

Boston College finished 2012 at the bottom of the ACC standings, and it is predicted to finish there again in 2013.

BC (2-10 overall, 1-7 in ACC play in 2012) was picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic Division by the media members in attendance at the conference’s 2013 Football Kickoff event in Greensboro, N.C., which wrapped up Monday.

Picked immediately ahead of the Eagles? Both ACC newcomer Syracuse and soon-to-be Big Ten member Maryland, which was the only FBS team BC beat in 2012.

The poll revealed Clemson as the prohibitive favorite to win both the Atlantic and the ACC overall, receiving 102 of 120 votes to finish first in the division and 95 votes to win the ACC title game. Miami was picked to win the Coastal Division, with 65 first-place votes.

Clemson QB Tajh Boyd was voted ACC preseason player of the year, receiving 105 of 120 votes to win in a landslide over Miami running back Duke Johnson (four votes) and Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas and Clemson WR Sammy Watkins (three votes each).

No Eagles received votes in the POY voting.

The complete voting -- the ballots for which, according to CBSSports.com, at first failed to account for the ACC’s recent expansion -- was as follows:

ACC championship
1. Clemson (95)
2. Florida State (15)
T3. Georgia Tech (3)
T3. Miami (3)
T3. North Carolina (3)
6. Virginia Tech (1)

Atlantic Division
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

Coastal Division
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