Most of the star power from last year's Coastal Division is gone, but Duke still enters the 2017 season with low expectations.
The ACC announced the media's preseason league standings Monday morning, with the Blue Devils picked to finish sixth in the Coastal Division. Miami was predicted to win the division, which would be its first-ever ACC championship appearance, and Florida State was picked to win the Atlantic Division and the conference title.
Duke received four first-place votes in the division and one vote to be the ACC champion.
The Coastal Division has been wildly unpredictable in recent years. None of the last four division champions were picked to finish higher than fourth place in the years they won, and the Blue Devils were last in the preseason poll when they took home the title in 2013.
The media also picked Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson to repeat as ACC Player of the Year. Jackson won last year's Heisman Trophy and will lead a Cardinal squad that could compete for an ACC title this season. Duke quarterback Daniel Jones received one player of the year vote.
The complete preseason All-ACC team will be released Wednesday.
Full preseason conference standings and player of the year voting results can be found below.
Full results from the ACC preseason media poll:
- Miami (103 first-place votes)—1,065 points
- Virginia Tech (40)—932
- Georgia Tech (9)—708
- Pittsburgh (7)—673
- North Carolina (4)—606
- Duke (4)—463
- Florida State (121 first-place votes)—1,108 points
- Clemson (37)—1,007
- Louisville (9)—843
- N.C. State—658
- Wake Forest—415
- Boston College—283
- Florida State—118 votes
- Virginia Tech—3
Preseason Player of the Year
- Lamar Jackson, quarterback, Louisville—113 votes
- Deondre Francois, quarterback, Florida State—23
- Christian Wilkins, defensive tackle, Clemson—11
- Harold Landry, defensive end, Boston College—8
- Jaylen Samuels, all-purpose back, N.C. State—7
- Eric Dungey, quarterback, Syracuse—2
- Daniel Jones, quarterback, Duke—1
- Ahmmon Richards, wide receiver, Miami—1
- Shaquille Quarterman, linebacker, Miami—1