Miami football picked fifth in ACC by media

Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team was picked fifth in the ACC with 1553 points. The voting was conducted by 176 media voters who cover the ACC. Clemson was once again picked to win the ACC with 103 first-place votes and 2,370 points. Florida State, North Carolina and North Carolina State are picked third through fifth place.

Miami barely finished ahead of Duke and Pittsburgh who each had 1,511 points. The only teams other than Clemson to receive first-place votes were Florida State with 67, North Carolina with five and North Carolina State with one. Miami has one of the hardest schedules in the ACC this season.

North Carolina hosts Miami on October 14. Miami hosts Clemson on October 21. Games at North Carolina State and Florida State begin November for Miami. The ACC eliminated divisions after last season. Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina State previously played in the Atlantic Division.

Coastal Division teams won only five ACC Championships in the 17 years of divisional play. It has been well-documented that the Miami football team’s only appearance in the ACC Championship game came in 2017. Miami was defeated by Clemson 38-3 in the 2017 ACC Championship Game.

The ACC has reformatted the schedule without division play. Miami will face permanent rivals Boston College, Florida State and Louisville. The Eagles, Seminoles and Cardinals were all in the Atlantic Division Miami will not play Virginia Tech for the first time since their 1991 National Championship season.

Miami will open the 2023 season versus Miami (Ohio) on September 1. The Hurricanes host Texas A&M on September 9 and Bethune-Cookman on September 14 before a trip to Temple to finish their non-conference schedule on September 23. Miami begins ACC play versus Georgia Tech on October 7 following a bye week.

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The games versus Texas A&M, Clemson and Florida State highlight the 2023 Miami schedule. A win versus the Aggies, Tigers or Seminoles would be significant for a Miami team hoping to improve after a 5-7 2022 season. Texas A&M also finished 5-7 in 2022. FanDuel has the 2023 Miami win total set at 7.5.