So yesterday the preseason AP poll was released, and like the coaches' poll, it featured just two ACC teams in the rankings...Virginia Tech at #9 (same ranking as the coaches' poll) and Florida State at #19 (two spots higher than the coaches' ranking).
Georgia Tech, Boston College, Miami, and Wake Forest were among the highest vote-getters in the "also receiving votes" category. Curiously, Clemson was way down the the charts, receiving just 6 media votes, one less than....Virginia? N.C. State surprisingly got a vote.
Similar to the coaches' poll, I find it difficult to argue with the tepid reception the ACC is garnering this preseason. That makes early season matchups like Georgia Tech-Notre Dame, Miami-Oklahoma, Miami-Texas A&M, and Wake Forest-Nebraska critically important in getting the ACC's reputation off the canvas.