By Rick Bozich

WDRB Sports

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville football team was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division of the ACC by 148 media members who voted in a preseason poll at ACC Kickoff last week.

In fact, with 422 total poll votes, Louisville was picked closer to sixth (Wake Forest, 413 points) than fourth Boston College (545 points). The Cards did not receive any first-place votes. (Clemson dominated, drawing 145 first-place votes.)

Before you file any love letters, remember this: This is the same group of writers that whiffed badly in their the ACC football forecast last season. A year ago, Florida State was picked to win the Atlantic. The Seminoles finished sixth, losing five of their eight league games. Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M after the season. FSU beat only Syracuse in the division race.

Boston College was picked to finish last a year ago. The Golden Eagles won half of their eight conference games, splitting third place with Louisville and Wake Forest.


Of course, media members predict the top three finishers correctly in the Coastal Division last season, forecasting Miami, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech in the first three spots.

For Louisville, it’s simply another No Respect card to toss into the deck. Bobby Petrino’s team has been picked as high as third by one preseason magazine. The Cards have also been picked as low as sixth.

Remember: This is not expected to be a banner year for ACC football.

According to ESPN’s pre-season Football Power Index, top-ranked Clemson is the only ACC team ranked in the nation’s Top 13. Miami sits at No. 14, followed by Florida State at 18, Virginia Tech at 22 and Duke at 30.

ESPN has nine Southeastern Conference teams and six Big Ten teams in its top 30.

Louisville is ranked 35th, eighth in the ACC, by ESPN.

Here are the complete voting results from ACCKickoff:

ACC Championship Votes

1. Clemson – 139

2. Miami – 5

3. NC State – 2

T4. Florida State – 1

T4. Virginia Tech – 1

Atlantic Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Clemson (145) – 1,031

2. Florida State (1) – 789

3. NC State (2) – 712

4. Boston College – 545

5. Louisville – 422

6. Wake Forest – 413

7. Syracuse – 232

Coastal Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Miami (122) – 998

2. Virginia Tech (16) – 838

3. Georgia Tech (8) – 654

4. Duke (1) – 607

5. Pitt – 420

6. North Carolina (1) – 370

7. Virginia – 257

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