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NC State picked 4th in ACC

Even got a first-place vote!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 25 NC State at North Carolina Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2023 preseason ACC football media poll was released today, with Clemson in its usual place as the favorite to win the league. The Tigers received 103 first-place votes, and are followed in the top five by FSU, UNC, NC State, and Miami. The Pack received one first-place vote

The complete predicted order of finish:

2023 ACC Preseason Poll
1. Clemson (103), 2370
2. Florida State (67), 2304
3. North Carolina (5), 1981
4. NC State (1), 1662
5. Miami, 1553
T6. Duke, 1511
T6. Pitt, 1511
8. Louisville, 1344
9. Wake Forest, 1181
10. Syracuse, 826
11. Virginia Tech, 678
12. Georgia Tech, 633
13. Boston College, 561
14. Virginia, 365

Miami is being shown the proper amount of skepticism for once, while I think Duke is a good candidate for regression—they recovered 24 of 36 fumbles (including both offense and defense) last year, which was extremely fortunate, and helped them to a +16 margin.

Louisville has the forgiving schedule for a surprise season, Wake Forest should be fine offensively despite losing Sam Hartman, and Pitt is capable of a top-four finish if Phil Jurkovec can actually play well and stay healthy.

That bottom five looks right to me, though there’s really no telling about the order.