PINEHURST — Florida State has not won a ACC title since 2005, but the Seminoles are the popular pick to return to glory this fall.
FSU is the consensus choice to win the ACC's Atlantic Division and to defeat Virginia Tech in the league's championship game, according to a poll of media members attending this week's ACC Football Kickoff.
The Seminoles, who won the Atlantic last year, received 65 of 71 first-place votes in that portion of the balloting. Fifty of the 65 also said Florida State will prevail in the title game, set for Dec. 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Hokies, who have won three of the first six championship contests, got 66 votes in the Coastal election.
Eighteen media voters picked the Hokies to repeat as ACC champion.
Boston College running back Montel Harris, who enters his final season within striking distance of former N.C. State running back Ted Brown's 33-year-old league record for career rushing yardage, is the preseason Player of the Year.
Entering this fall with 3,600 career rushing yards, Harris was chosen by 26 media representatives, with FSU quarterback EJ Manuel second with 14 votes. Harris' teammate Luke Kuechly, a 2010 unanimous All-America linebacker selection, was third with 12 votes.
An All-America for the Wolfpack, Brown set the Atlantic Coast Conference career rushing record of 4,602 yards in 1978.