No surprise: Clemson picked to win 5th straight ACC title

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FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant (2) passes in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football bowl game against Alabama, in New Orleans. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is not concerned about his quarterback spot, even though the once-loaded depth at the position has been cut […]

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reigning national champion Clemson is the heavy favorite to win a fifth straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

The league said Monday that the Tigers earned 170 of 173 votes from media members at last week’s preseason media days.

Syracuse, Clemson’s likely top challenger in the Atlantic Division after a 10-win season, earned two votes while Virginia earned one as the Coastal Division favorite. The Cavaliers are the only division team that has not yet captured the Coastal crown, with a different team winning the title for six straight seasons.

In the Atlantic, Florida State was picked third followed by North Carolina State, Boston College, Wake Forest and Louisville.

In the Coastal, Miami was picked second, followed by Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Duke, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

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