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Notes on the votes

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A few notes for you off of the results that recently came in:

  • The 87 media members who voted surpassed the high of 83 set two years earlier.

  • Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer is the first ACC Player of the Year to seek a repeat of the honor since FSU's Charlie Ward in 1993. Ward not only repeated as POY, but he also won the Heisman Trophy en route to the national championship that season.

  • Is the Atlantic Division the more wide-open of the two? Four of the six teams got first-place votes.

  • In predicting the championship game's outcome, 69 of the 87 (79.1 percent) voters chose the Hokies. That percentage is in line with the way the votes totaled in the past two seasons, with Clemson (78.5) and Virginia Tech (83.1).

MY TAKE: Maryland and Miami have the best chance to rip this projection to shreds. If the Terps' offensive line comes together quickly, there are enough fast, talented athletes on offense to have them in contention. And Don Brown's defense will feature the Terps' strength -- the secondary. As for Miami, there's no questioning the talent. It's there.

Considering this event is held smack in the middle of ACC country, the lack of votes in favor of the Carolina schools is a testament to just how convinced this media contingent is in the Hokies. Guess I was overruled on Duke's progress this year.

As for the Preseason Player of the Year? Hey, you can't go wrong with Dwyer. He's a remarkable player who is sure to wow college football fans again this season. To me, the more interesting number is the lone vote Tyrod Taylor got. This is a team expected to contend for a national title, and the quarterback gets one vote? That seems to reiterate the belief that Taylor still has something to prove.