Preseason Favorite? Difference Of Opinion

Preseason Favorite

There’s a difference of opinion between the writers that cover baseball and those individuals that coach it as to best team in the ACC. We know, you’ve shrugged your shoulders and said, “so what’s new”? When it comes to those differences of opinion, not much. Having two different teams as preseason favorites points to an interesting year ahead for baseball aficionados. It will all begin to unfold on Friday as conference teams hit the field.

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) 2019 Preseason Poll gives the nod to 8 teams from the ACC. That ties the conference with the SEC for most teams in the rankings. The writers have a different approach to polling in that they expand the list to include 40 teams. With the often tidal wave swings found in baseball polling in general this might provide a better picture of college teams as a whole.

NCBWA pollsters selected 3 ACC teams for their top 10. The SEC also grabs 3 spots including the top spot which goes to Vanderbilt. The Commodores have 8 of 9 returning positional players that helped lead them to the Super Regionals. Experience and depth counts and this is where Vandy gets a nod.

Preseason Favorite? Difference Of Opinion

NCBWA Preseason Poll – ACC

  • #7 North Carolina
  • #9 Louisville
  • #10 Florida State
  • #17 Clemson
  • #25 Duke
  • #28 Wake Forest
  • #30 NC State
  • #31 Georgia Tech
  • RV Miami

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The NCBWA is rolling with the Tar Heels as the team they expect to lead the conference. Interestingly enough writers at other outlets are also on board (D1Baseball) the North Carolina train while the USA Today Coaches’ Poll begs to differ just like the ACC Coaches as you’ll see below.

Preseason Favorite? Difference Of Opinion

ACC Baseball Preseason – Coaches

Atlantic Division

  • Louisville
  • Florida State
  • Clemson
  • NC State
  • Wake Forest
  • Notre Dame
  • Boston College

Coastal Division

  • North Carolina
  • Virginia (T2)
  • Duke (T2)
  • Miami
  • Georgia Tech
  • Pitt
  • Virginia Tech

Preseason Favorite? Difference Of Opinion

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Louisville was selected to win the Atlantic picking up 7 votes from the coaches while Florida State had 6 and Clemson 1.

North Carolina was the hands down favorite to win the Coastal with 13 votes going to the Tar Heels. The interesting dual ended up being between Virginia and Duke where the balloting placed the two teams in a tie for second.

Overall, the 14 ACC coaches voted for Louisville to take this year’s conference championship.

Preseason Favorite? Difference Of Opinion

If history is a prelude then look for another team from the conference to make it to the College World Series. The ACC has sent at least one team to Omaha for 13 consecutive years.

There’s a challenging schedule ahead along with the ACC Baseball Championship in Durham, May 21-26 before those dreams of Omaha can be turned into reality.

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