Along with being a potential national title contender, Florida State is also the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2017. Of the 167 media members polled, more than 70 percent picked the Seminoles to win the conference title, the ACC said in a release Monday.
FSU is coming off a 10-3 season which ended with a 33-32 win over Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The Seminoles return several players on their defense while redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois will be in his second season as the team's starter.
The Seminoles received 118 votes while defending national champions, Clemson, was second with 35. Louisville was third with seven votes while Miami and Virginia Tech were tied for fourth place with three votes each. Duke was sixth with one vote.
FSU was also picked to win the Atlantic Division. The Seminoles received 121 first-place votes while Clemson picked up 37. Louisville was third with nine votes. North Carolina State was picked to finish fourth with Wake Forest, Syracuse and Boston College rounding out the rest of the poll.
Miami is the overwhelming favorite to capture the Coastal Division. The Hurricanes received 103 first-place votes with Virginia Tech gathering 40. Georgia Tech had nine while Pittsburgh picked up seven. North Carolina, Duke and Virginia are projected to finish near the bottom of the standings.
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was tabbed as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. Jackson received 113 votes while Francois, who was second in the poll, had 23 votes.
Voting was held last week as part of the ACC's 2017 Football Kickoff last week in Charlotte, N.C.