On Monday, Pitt was picked to finish fifth in the ACC's Coastal Division. The Panthers were slotted behind Miami, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech. Pitt finished ahead of Virginia and Duke.
That's really not a huge surprise when you think about it. Miami and Virginia Tech are both expected to be pretty good teams. North Carolina would have won the division if they were eligible last year and based on what kind of seasons Pitt has had over the past two years, ranking Georgia Tech ahead of the Panthers isn't very surprising. Both Vegas and Athlon also predicted Pitt in the bottom half of the division.
All four of the schools ahead of Pitt received first-place votes as many media members apparently think the division is as open as we do. Leading the way was Miami with 65 of the 120 first-place votes. Virginia Tech picked up 27 of them.
I could see the Panthers finishing fourth or even third if things went their way. But as far as preseason predictions go, I've got no beef with this.