Syracuse Football predicted to finish 4th in ACC's Atlantic Division

      Scott Shafer hopes the Orange can do better than the media thinks for the second year in a row.

      Take it for what it's worth, but at the ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro, NC the media in attendance selects the Syracuse Orange to finish 4th out of 7th Atlantic Division teams.

      Last year, the media chose the Orange to finish 6th, and by the season's end it finished 3rd.

      As expected, Florida State was the near unanimous choice for 1st place in the division, coming off the Seminoles national championship season. FSU's quarterback, Jameis Winston, was selected as the preseason player of the year.

      In addition to Florida State, SU was chosen to finish behind Clemson and Louisville but ahead of NC State, Boston College and Wake Forest all of whom the Orange defeated last season.

      While Florida State is the clear front runner for the whole conference, let alone the Atlantic Division, the Coastal Division is a clear toss-up.

      Evidence of that, Pittsburgh falls into 6th place out of 7 teams but still has a few first place votes.

      Take a look below at the final tallies, SU's season opener is on Friday August 29th against Villanova.

      From the Atlantic Coast Conference:

      ACC Championship Votes

      1. Florida State - 104

      2. Clemson - 2

      3. Virginia Tech - 2

      (4 voters made no selection)

      Atlantic Division

      (First place votes in parenthesis)

      1. Florida State (109) - 670

      2. Clemson (3) - 660

      3. Louisville - 564

      4. Syracuse - 368

      5. NC State - 326

      6. Boston College - 301

      7. Wake Forest - 136

      Coastal Division

      (First place votes in parenthesis)

      1. Miami (26) - 614

      2. Duke (33) - 597

      3. Virginia Tech (23) - 571

      4. North Carolina (27) - 570

      5. Georgia Tech (1) - 322

      6. Pitt (2) -319

      7. Virginia -142

      ACC Player of the Year

      1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State - 99

      2. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson - 6

      3. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami - 1

      4. Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke - 1

      5. Brenden Motley, QB, Virginia Tech -1

      (4 voters made no selection)