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BC football picked to finish sixth in ACC’s Atlantic Division

Boston College was picked to finish sixth in the seven-team Atlantic Division as voting was announced Monday for the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason football poll.

The Eagles, who finished 7-6 (4-4 ACC) a year ago, received 301 points in voting by media members at the ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C. That’s less than half of what reigning national champion Florida State received as the Seminoles (109 first-place votes, 780 points) were picked to win the division. Clemson (660 points, three first-place votes) was next, followed by first-year member Louisville (564), Syracuse (368), and N.C. State (326). Wake Forest had 136 points to round out the Atlantic predictions.

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BC coach Steve Addazio was disappointed with the writers’ lack of confidence in the Eagles.

“I’ll address it with team . . . It’ll fuel the fire,’’ Addazio said.

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Six of seven teams in the Coastal Division received at least one first-place vote. And even though Duke received the most with 33, the Blue Devils were picked to finish second according to total points, having 597 to Miami’s 614. Virginia Tech (571) and North Carolina (570) were close by at Nos. 3 and 4. Georgia Tech (322), Pittsburgh (319), and Virginia (142) filled out the Coastal.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was the overwhelming choice for preseason ACC player of the year, getting 99 of 108 votes. The Seminoles received 104 votes as preseason conference champion.

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