ACC Places Five Teams in Football Coaches Preseason Poll

Aug. 6, 2010


GREENSBORO, N.C. - Five Atlantic Coast Conference teams were selected to the preseason USA Today football coaches poll which was announced Friday. This marked the first time since 2004 that the ACC had five teams picked among the preseason poll's Top 20. The ACC led all conferences with five schools selected in the Top 20, while the SEC had the most total Top 25 picks with six.

Virginia Tech led the way for ACC schools, being tabbed for 6th place on the inaugural 2010 coaches poll, followed by Miami (13th), Georgia Tech (17th), North Carolina (18th) and Florida State (20th). Additionally, Clemson (31st) and Boston College were among schools receiving votes in the poll.

The last time the ACC had five schools in the Top 20 of the preseason coaches poll was in 2004 when Miami (5th), Florida State (6th), Clemson (16th), Virginia (19th) and Maryland (20th) were chosen.

The ACC had five teams selected to the pre-season USA Today coaches Top 25 in 2005, but only three of the teams--Virginia Tech (7th), Miami (8th) and Florida State (12th)--were among the Top 20, with Boston College ranked 22nd and Virginia 23rd.

In all, ACC teams will play 10 schools in 2010 ranked in the pre-season Top 25 including No. 1 Alabama (Duke, Sept. 18), No. 2 Ohio State (Miami, Sept. 11), No. 3 Florida (Florida State (Nov. 27), No. 5 Boise State (Virginia Tech, Sept. 6), No. 8 Oklahoma (Florida State, Sept. 11), No. 15 Pittsburgh (Miami, Sept. 23), No. 16 LSU (North Carolina, Sept. 4), No. 21 Georgia (Georgia Tech, Nov. 27), No. 23 Auburn (Clemson, Sept. 18), and No. 24 West Virginia (Maryland, Sept. 18).

The Conference will also play no fewer than 19 games against teams which were ranked or received votes in the pre-season USA Today coaches poll.

ACC Teams in Recent USA Today Preseason Top 25
2010--(5)--Virginia Tech (6), Miami (13). Georgia Tech (17), North Carolina (18), Florida State (20)
2009--(4)--Virginia Tech (7), Georgia Tech (15), Florida State (19), North Carolina (20)
2008--(3)--Clemson (9), Virginia Tech (15), Wake Forest (23)
2007--(2)--Virginia Tech (9), Florida State (21)
2006--(4)--Florida State (10), Miami (11), Virginia Tech (16), Clemson (18)
2005--(5)--Virginia Tech (7), Miami (8), Florida State (12), Boston College (22), Virginia (23)
2004--(5)--Miami (5), Florida State (6), Clemson (16), Virginia (19), Maryland (20)
2003--(4)--Florida State (12), Maryland (13), NC State (14), Virginia (17)
2002--(3)--Florida State (4), Maryland (20), NC State (25)