The growing narrative that surrounded the University of Miami’s football team this past season was whether or not “The U” was “back”.
“Back” is relative.
Whether fans think the Canes are “back” or not, the voting media thinks Miami will be back in the ACC Championship game in 2018.
The ACC released the results of the votes of the media attending the 2018 ACC Kickoff event Monday, and the Hurricanes received 122 votes (998 points) to finish as the top team in the ACC Coastal Division.
UM won the ACC Coastal Division title for the time since joining the conference in 2004 this past season.
Voters considered Miami to be a heavy favorite in the Coastal. Behind UM’s 122 first-place votes, Virginia Tech received just 16 first-place votes (838 points) and Georgia Tech was third with 8 first-place votes (654 points).
Duke was fourth in the poll with 607 points, Pittsburgh was fifth with 420 points, followed by North Carolina and Virginia with 370 and 257 points respectively.
On the side of the conference, voters picked Clemson to win the Atlantic Division crown for the third straight year.
The Tigers received all but four first-place votes (144 first-place votes & 1,030 points); Florida State received a first-place vote and was second with 789 points; NC State received two first-place votes and totaled 712 points; Boston College totaled 545 points; while Wake Forest (422 points) received a first-place vote and Syracuse (232 points) finished fifth and sixth respectively.
If this year’s media predictions prove correct, it will be a rematch of last year’s 2017 title game.
Miami finished 10-3 (7-1 in ACC play) this past season en route to the ACC Championship game.
The Tigers proved too much for the Hurricanes, who ultimately lost three straight games to end the season, in a 38-3 lopsided contest.
Also, like last year, the media voted Clemson to win the ACC Championship.
The Tigers received 139 votes to finish as the league’s top team. Miami received five votes, NC State got a pair of votes, while the Seminoles and Hokies each received one vote.
The Atlantic and Coastal Division winners will meet in the 2018 Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 1, at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.