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Clemson, North Carolina picked for ACC Championship Game

If the media have it right -- and, no, they probably won’t -- the 2016 ACC season will go a lot like the 2015 season did.

The media picked Clemson to win the ACC Atlantic and North Carolina to win the Coastal, just as they did a year ago when the Tigers toppled the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game to reach the College Football Playoff.

Moreover, voters see Deshaun Watson repeating as the ACC’s player of the year. The Clemson quarterback won the award last season, too, and is considered a favorite for the Heisman Trophy. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and North Carolina’s Elijah Hood finished second and third, respectively.

Clemson received 148 of 191 first-place votes in the Atlantic, while Florida State received 42 first-place votes.

North Carolina took 121 first-place votes, but every team in the Coastal except Virginia received at least one vote from the media as the division champion.

Voters tended to think Mark Richt would rejuvenate Miami, picking the Hurricanes to finish second in the Coastal, followed by Pitt and Virginia Tech.

Overall, 144 voters picked Clemson to win the ACC.

Here’s how the voting stacked up:

Atlantic (first-place votes):

Clemson (148) -- 1,293

Florida State (42) -- 1,176

Louisville (1) -- 961

NC State -- 704

Boston College -- 441

Syracuse -- 426

Wake Forest -- 347

Coastal (first-place votes):

North Carolina (121) -- 1,238

Miami (50) -- 1,108

Pitt (14) -- 859

Virginia Tech (3) -- 697

Duke (2) -- 597

Georgia Tech (1) -- 588

Virginia -- 261

ACC Player of the Year

1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson -- 164

2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State -- 18

3. Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina -- 4

t-4. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami -- 2

t-4. Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville -- 2

5. DeVon Edwards, CB/KR, Duke -- 1