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Louisville football picked to finish 5th in ACC Atlantic

For the first time in the ACC era, Louisville football is heading into a season with diminished expectations.

NCAA Football: Louisville at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The ACC’s media has predicted that Louisville football will finish fifth in the Atlantic Division in 2018. It’s the lowest spot for the Cardinals in a preseason poll since U of L joined the ACC in 2014.

Clemson, as you might expect, is the overwhelming favorite to win both the division and the conference.

Here’s the full preseason media poll:

ACC Championship Votes

  1. Clemson – 139
  2. Miami – 5
  3. NC State – 2
  4. Florida State – 1, Virginia Tech – 1

Atlantic Division (First place votes in parenthesis)

  1. Clemson (145) – 1,031
  2. Florida State (1) – 789
  3. NC State (2) – 712
  4. Boston College – 545
  5. Louisville – 422
  6. Wake Forest – 413
  7. Syracuse – 232

Coastal Division (First place votes in parenthesis)

  1. Miami (122) – 998
  2. Virginia Tech (16) – 838
  3. Georgia Tech (8) – 654
  4. Duke (1) – 607
  5. Pitt – 420
  6. North Carolina (1) – 370
  7. Virginia – 257