Ah, Media Polls

Posted by Brandon Rink on July 29, 2010 under ACC Football | 3 Comments to Read

Landslide votes for Virginia Tech and FSU? Austin easily makes All-ACC team? C’mon…

Per Draft Headquarters via GIS

And in the top story of his offseason, Austin was selected to the All-ACC team on Wednesday.

The numbers were staggering:

ATLANTIC DIVISION
Florida State (78) … 565
Clemson (16) … 479
Boston College (4) … 389
N.C. State … 283
Wake Forest … 203
Maryland … 139

COASTAL DIVISION
Virginia Tech (62) … 532
Miami (20) … 444
Georgia Tech (11) … 408
North Carolina (5) … 379
Duke … 169
Virginia … 126

ACC CHAMPIONSHIP
Virginia Tech … 50
Florida State … 26
Miami … 10
Georgia Tech … 8
Boston College … 2
North Carolina … 2

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUPS
Virginia Tech over Florida State … 35
Virginia Tech over Clemson … 13
Florida State over Virginia Tech … 11 …

FSU had 78 first place votes out of 98 in the Atlantic. Virginia Tech had 62 out of a legit 4-team race in the Coastal. The Hokies came out with 63% of the vote out of the Coastal and 35 votes to win the ACC Championship over FSU to the ‘Noles 11 to take Virginia Tech down.

Now, they could have all read my preview and fell in line (for the championship game at least) - or everybody just turned in what they voted last year. Either way, if ever there was a season to go out on a limb and not just follow the crowd – 2010 was it. Why, oh why can’t we get a little more creative, guys?

BC is a legit contender in the Atlantic and they received 4 first place votes?

Georgia Tech, reigning ACC champs, had just 8 people think they could repeat.

Clemson came in with 16 first place votes, and not one, picked them to win the ACC.

I’ve seen in more than one place that the media vote really doesn’t matter – I beg to differ. Supposedly, Virginia Tech coaches were emailing Vegas lines of Boise being a favorite to their players last week – you don’t think Paul Johnson, Spaz and Dabo are posting their lackluster voting numbers in the locker room? It’s all about motivation, and the ACC media manages to give teams ammunition most every season. Overall, I’m not surprised – well, a little – I know it’s more about the interviews, stories, golf, and food at the kickoff, but we could try a little harder at the predictions.

While we’re at it…

I found this gem today on the All-ACC vote:

If there’s a media bias against North Carolina football player Marvin Austin and his teammates, it wasn’t apparent in the voting for the preseason All-ACC football team that was released Wednesday.

Austin, a senior defensive tackle and a target of NCAA questions about possible improper dealings with NFL agents, easily made the team that was selected by more than 300 media representatives at the league’s summer interview sessions Sunday and Monday in Greensboro…

A theory was put forward by some that UNC (8-5 overall, 4-4 ACC last season) was low-balled because voters believed Austin and the team were in line for sanctions.

In reality, the all-star voting underscores the apprehension about the team’s suspect offense against a schedule that includes non-league foes LSU and Rutgers and ACC games against Florida State, N.C. State and Clemson from the league’s Atlantic Division.

See, I think we’re back at a lack of creativity again. Austin easily made the team because there aren’t many star defensive tackles in the ACC and naming another DT – because Austin will probably not have an All-ACC season whether he is suspended or not due to the distractions – would require extra research and stuff.

After Austin, the All-ACC team is solid. I’m interested to see how Duke’s Varner does with a new QB and I’d have UVa’s Dowling over Harris, but they are all very good players.

So yeah, I’m jealous of not having a vote – if anyone would like to donate their vote to me than that’s just fine.

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  • Tomahawk Nation.com said,

    It makes sense to vote the favorites. A vote for BC or Clemson means you are not voting for the favorite. You cannot give fractional votes.

  • Brandon Rink said,

    @Tomahawk Nation.com

    But the vote made them the favorites, no? My point is that they weren’t clear favorites coming in as the media vote made them out to be. There’s question marks on both deemed favorites and it just seems like there would have been a more diverse vote to show it.

  • Tomahawk Nation.com said,

    They had double the odds of the next highest-favored team. I think it is a true 3-team race, but if you vote for BC or Clem that means you’re not using your vote on the favorite.