The general consensus for the Orange football team heading into this upcoming season is that they are a somewhat talented team with a difficult schedule that will likely see them finish with between 5 and 7 wins.
Today the members of the media charged with covering the Atlantic Coast Conference confirmed that assessment by placing the Cuse directly in the middle of the league's Atlantic Division.
Florida State and Clemson are the class of the division, and the conference as a whole, and Louisville seems a fair bet to finish just below those two titans in its first season in the ACC. That leaves Syracuse atop the remaining group of four teams, narrowly edging NC State and Boston College for 4th place with Wake Forest distantly bringing up the rear.
No one other than FSU and Clemson received a first place vote on the Atlantic side, but 6 of the 7 teams in the Coastal Division earned at least 1 first place nomination. Syracuse's cross-over games are against Duke (picked to finish 2nd) and Pitt (picked to finish 6th).
Unsurprisingly, defending Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston was the runaway selection for preseason Player of the Year. SU's most recognized players at the outset of the year appear to be offensive tackle Sean Hickey and linebacker Dyshawn Davis. Hickey is a potential 1st round pick in the NFL Draft and Davis is on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award.