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ESPN ranks Pitt in middle of ACC in preseason football power rankings

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Justin K. Aller

As the season gets closer, more and more ACC predictions are starting to appear. ESPN.com has its preseason conference power rankings out and, as expected, Florida State starts at the top.

Pitt checked in right in the middle, finishing 7th out of 14 teams in the power rankings. In the rankings, ESPN cites Pitt's offense led by Tyler Boyd, a strong rushing attack, and a mobile quarterback, in Chad Voytik.

Here were the full rankings for the conference:

1. Florida State

2. Clemson

3. Duke

4. North Carolina

5. Louisville

6. Virginia Tech

7. Pitt

8. Miami

9. Syracuse

10. Georgia Tech

11. Virginia

12. Boston College

13. North Carolina State

14. Wake Forest

A few things of note here. It's really hard for me to rank Pitt higher at this point and truthfully, I'd slot them below Miami, too.

Unlike some other preseason predictions, glad to see them giving Duke some credit. They return a lot of players from last year when they won the Division, so it makes sense to slot them high.

I could also see Virginia Tech a little higher and Louisville a little lower.

Lastly, they also picked Virginia to finish out of the basement, unlike a lot of other predictions. The Cavaliers were bad this past year, but their recruiting has been better, so I don't even have much of an argument with that.

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