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Media picks FSU to finish second, for a change, in ACC race

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Could someone not named Florida State win the ACC for a change?


Media members at the ACC media days picked Clemson – Clemson! – to win the league title this season, which would represent quite a changing of the guard. FSU has won three straight titles, and the Seminoles have 24-game conference winning streak. Most of the off-season polls, understandably, have looked to FSU to be the team to beat once again.

But the media members gave Clemson 84 votes, compared to only 41 for FSU. Georgia Tech received 20. Miami received two.

It is easy to see FSU as a team in flux. The Seminoles lost several players, most notably quarterback Jameis Winston. And this summer, star running back Dalvin Cook was suspended for allegedly hitting a woman outside a bar.

In other words, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has a lot to do. His Seminoles, by the way, play Clemson on Nov. 7 in Clemson.

In the voting for Player of the Year, FSU cornerback Jalen Ramsey tied for fourth with Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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