TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The ACC league head coaches voted for Florida State to win the ACC Championship. The Seminoles return 12 players from last year's team that won the conference championship in 2014. The Seminoles set a conference record last season with 24 wins over ACC opponents on their way to winning both the regular season and tournament championships.
“The ACC as a whole has steadily grown into a competitive league over the years,” said head coach Lonni Alameda. “Adding in new schools like Notre Dame and Louisville to the historical powers of the conference has helped improve the level of play on the field and also expanded the reach of the ACC to other parts of the country. We’re excited for the challenge of this new season and look forward to competing against many quality ACC opponents.”
Alameda says the young players on the team are excited about the high expectations the program has, but they want to take the program to the next level. Florida State received 100 points and 10 first-place votes in the poll. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Notre Dame received 88 points, including one first-place vote, while NC State (82 points), Virginia Tech (69 points) and Louisville (68 points) rounded out the top five.
The Noles have been recently successful in the ACC. Since 2012, FSU is 58-10. It won the regular season title in 2013 and 2014. The Noles have won 12 ACC Championships in school history, including two under Coach Alameda in 2011 and 2014.
The 2015 ACC schedule will have Florida State facing eight conference opponents during the regular season, down from the 10 scheduled league series from 2014. The Seminoles will have home matchups against Boston College (February 28-March 1), No. 22 Notre Dame (March 14-15), Pitt (March 28-29) and Virginia (April 18-19).
Florida State will hit the road for four conference series at Virginia Tech (March 21-22), NC State (April 3-4), Louisville (April 12-13) and Georgia Tech (April 25-26). FSU will not face North Carolina or Syracuse during the 2015 regular season.
The 2015 ACC Championships will be held in Blacksburg, Va., from May 7-9 on the campus of Virginia Tech.
The Seminoles open the season at home on February 7 with games against Georgia Southern (10 a.m.) and No. 6 Kentucky (12 p.m.). FSU will close out the Renegade Classic on February 8 with No. 6 Kentucky at 12 p.m. and Georgia Southern at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for all home regular season games at JoAnne Graf Field.
2015 ACC Predicted Order of Finish
Rank Team Total (1st place) 2014 Record (Conference)
1. Florida State 100 (10) 55-9 (24-3)
2. Notre Dame 88 (1) 41-13 (16-5)
3. NC State 82 36-18 (16-8)
4. Virginia Tech 69 36-23 (19-9)
5. Louisville 68 36-22 (14-7)
6. North Carolina 56 24-26 (14-11)
7. Syracuse 44 24-25 (12-12)
8. Georgia Tech 33 23-24 (11-17)
9. Boston College 32 30-23 (12-14)
10. Pitt 17 15-29 (6-18)
11. Virginia 16 8-43 (1-25)