Clemson favored in 2022 ACC Football preseason poll

GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) –Clemson is favorite to win the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference football title for the seventh time in the past eight years, according to a preseason poll of 164 media voters.

The Tigers, who posted their 11th consecutive double-digit winning season with a 10-3 record in 2021, were also picked as the likely Atlantic Division winners. Miami was picked to finish atop the Coastal Division after a 7-5 campaign last season that included wins in five of the last six games.

The 2022 ACC preseason poll was conducted via a vote of a panel of media, including those accredited to last week’s ACC football kickoff in Charlotte, Utah. North Carolina.

Clemson was named the likely 2022 ACC champion on 103 ballots. NC State garnered 38 votes, followed by Miami with eight and Wake Forest with four. Pitt (3), Virginia (3), Florida State (2), North Carolina (2), and Boston College (1) also received votes.

In Atlantic Division preseason voting, Clemson led the way with 111 first-place votes and 1,080 points overall. NC State, which was likely the second runner-up, garnered 44 first-place votes while racking up 959 points.


Defending Atlantic Division champion Wake Forest (six first-place votes, 783 points) was picked for a third-place finish this season, followed by Louisville (591), Florida State (two first-place votes, 509) Boston College (one first-place vote, 469) and Syracuse (201).


In the Coastal Division predictions, Miami received 98 votes for first place and amassed 1,036 points overall. Defending ACC champion Pitt (38 first-place votes) was next with 911 points, followed by North Carolina (18 first-place votes, 823 points) and Virginia (six first place, 667 points).

Virginia Tech (three first-place votes, 592 points), Georgia Tech (one first-place vote, 343 points), and Duke (220 points) closed the voting.


Clemson was selected as the likely ACC champion in the media’s preseason poll for the fifth straight season and eighth time in the past 10 years.


Miami was projected as the Coastal Division’s preseason champion for the sixth time and the first time since 2018. The Hurricanes’ only Coastal Division championship came in 2017.


The Atlantic and Coastal Division winners will meet in the 2022 ACC Soccer Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

ACC Pre-Season Poll

(164 votes in total)



Overall Champion
Clemson-103
NC Status – 38
Miami – 8
Wake Forest – 4
Pitt – 3
Virginia – 3
Florida State – 2
North Carolina – 2
Boston College – 1

Atlantic Division

(Votes for first place in parentheses)
Clemson (111) – 1,080
NC Status (44) – 959
Wake Forest (6) – 783
Louisville-591
Florida State (2) – 509
Boston College (1) – 469
Syracuse – 201



Coastal Division

(Votes for first place in parentheses)
Miami (98) – 1,036
Pitt (38) – 911
North Carolina (18) – 823
Virginia (6) – 667
Virginia Tech (3) – 592
Georgia Tech (1) – 343
Duke – 220

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