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Virginia’s Bryce Perkins addresses the media during the 2019 ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday.

For the first time since the ACC went to separate divisions for football starting in 2005, the media has chosen Virginia as its pick to win the Coastal Division.

Reigning national champion Clemson was a nearly unanimous choice to win the Atlantic Division, claiming 171 of a possible 173 votes.

The Tigers, who won the ACC title in 2018, received 170 votes to repeat as conference champion.

The projection of Virginia as Coastal Division champion was a first for the Cavaliers, who were a preseason pick to win the ACC title in 1995, prior to the separation into divisions.

The Cavaliers shared the ACC title with Florida State in 1995.

According to a poll of 173 media members, Virginia received 82 votes to win the Coastal Division, followed by Miami with 55 and Virginia Tech with 20. The Cavaliers had not been picked higher than third in the division since 2005.

Pittsburgh was fourth in the Coastal voting, followed by Duke, North Carolina and Georgia Tech in that order. All received at least one first-place vote.

Clemson received 171 of 173 possible first-place votes to win the Atlantic Division. Clemson also received 170 votes as the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC title, while Syracuse (two) and Virginia (one) received the other votes.

ACC Championship Votes

  • Clemson – 170
  • Syracuse – 2
  • Virginia – 1

Atlantic Division (First place votes in parentheses)

  • Clemson (171) – 1,209
  • Syracuse (2) – 913
  • Florida State – 753
  • NC State – 666
  • Boston College – 588
  • Wake Forest – 462
  • Louisville – 253

Coastal Division (First place votes in parentheses)

  • Virginia (82) – 1,003
  • Miami (55) – 992
  • Virginia Tech (20) – 827
  • Pitt (8) – 691
  • Duke (6) –566
  • North Carolina (1) – 463
  • Georgia Tech (1) – 302

Mike Niziolek is the Virginia Tech football beat writer for The Roanoke Times. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Doug Doughty is in his 44th year at the Roanoke Times, having produced an estimated 10,000 by-lines, a majority of them on University of Virginia athletics.

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