After not winning a game in the ACC in 2013, the Virginia football team was picked to finish last in the ACC Coastal Division by the media at the conference's media days.
Defending national champion Florida State was picked to repeat as Atlantic Division champion, while Miami was the preseason favorite in the Coastal Division. The media chose the Seminoles over the Hurricanes for the conference championship.
Miami’s 26 first-place votes placed third among Coastal Division teams, but the Hurricanes’ 614 total points led overall. Defending division champion Duke received 33 first-place votes and finished with 597 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 571 points and 23 first-place votes. North Carolina was just behind in fourth place with 570 points and 27 first-place votes, followed by Georgia Tech (322 with one first place vote), Pitt (319 with two first-place votes) and Virginia (142).
Reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Walter Camp National Player of the Year Jameis Winston, who led the Seminoles to an unbeaten season and their third national title as a redshirt freshman in 2013, was chosen to repeat as ACC Player of the Year.
Winston led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 99 votes, followed by Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley with six. Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder, Miami running back Duke Johnson and Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley received one vote apiece.
ACC Championship Votes
1. Florida State - 104
2. Clemson - 2
3. Virginia Tech - 2
(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
1. Florida State (109) - 780
2. Clemson (3) - 660
3. Louisville - 564
4. Syracuse - 368
5. NC State - 326
6. Boston College - 301
7. Wake Forest - 136
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