New Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi has created a lot of buzz in Pittsburgh since taking over for former coach Paul Chryst last winter.
Apparently that buzz hasn’t been felt across the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Panthers were predicted to finish next to last in the ACC’s Coastal Division during the conference’s annual Media Day on Tuesday.
In addition to the Panthers not being expected to do much, reigning ACC Player of the Year James Conner was not even the preseason choice for player of year coming into the season. That honor went to Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who beat out Conner by a 69-46 margin. Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas finished third in the voting with 13 votes.
Speaking of Clemson, the Tigers were picked to win the league over Florida State, who has won the ACC three consecutive seasons. The Tigers received 84 votes from media members in attendance, while FSU was second with 41 votes.
The predicted order of finish for the Atlantic Division was Clemson (101 first-place votes), FSU (56), Louisville (1), NC State, Boston College, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
The predicted order for the Coastal Division was Georgia Tech (96), Virginia Tech (44), Miami (7), Duke (4), North Carolina (4), Pitt (3) and Virginia.
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