The Yellow Jackets received 654 points in the balloting of 148 media members, behind Miami (998) and Virginia Tech (838). The Hurricanes were a runaway favorite with 122 of the 148 first-place votes. Behind Georgia Tech were Duke, Pitt, North Carolina and Virginia. Georgia Tech received eight first-place votes.
In the Atlantic, three-time defending conference champion was named the division favorite on 145 ballots (N.C. State received two and Florida State received one). Clemson was projected the conference champion by 139 voters.