GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) â€” Virginia Tech is the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Hokies earned 50 of a possible 98 votes from media members attending the league's two-day preseason media event. Florida State was the runaway choice in the league's Atlantic Division and was second to the Hokies with 26 votes. In addition, Seminoles quarterback Christian Ponder was picked preseason player of the year.
The Hokies were chosen to win the Coastal Division, followed by Miami, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke and Virginia.
Following the Seminoles in the Atlantic were Clemson, Boston College, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Maryland.
The division winners meet Dec. 4 in Charlotte in the league title game.