Colleges

BC picked last in its division in ACC preseason poll

Chestnut Hill, MA - 9/24/2016 - (3rd quarter) Boston College Eagles defensive end Harold Landry (7) gets to Wagner Seahawks quarterback Alex Thomson (19) for a sack during the third quarter. Boston College football hosts Wagner at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Gary M Washburn, Topic: 25BC-Wagner, LOID: 8.3.73211174.

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Standout defensive end Harold Landry (7) had a school-record 16.5 sacks in 2016.

Boston College’s football team is projected to finish last in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division in 2017, according to a poll of 167 media members.

The Eagles were 7-6 last season, finishing sixth in the division. The team rebounded from a rough start to win its final three games, including a 36-30 win over Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl, but still finished with a 2-6 record against conference foes.

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Florida State was the overwhelming pick to win the ACC championship this season, receiving 117 votes. Clemson was second (35) and Louisville third (7).

BC was picked last in the Atlantic Division, trailing Florida State, Clemson, Louisville, NC State, Wake Forest, and Syracuse.

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BC defensive end Harold Landry got eight votes for ACC Preseason Player of the Year, fourth among eligible players. Landry set a BC single-season record with 16.5 sacks in 2016.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was the runaway choice for Player of the Year, receiving a first-place vote from 113 of the 167 media members in the poll.

BC kicks off its season Sept. 1, when it travels to Northern Illinois to take on the Huskies. The Eagles face Wake Forest on Sept. 9 in their first home game.

Henry Brechter can be reached at henry.brechter@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @HBrechter.
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