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By replacing Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston with former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson the Florida State Seminoles have the slight edge on the odds to win the ACC conference championship in the season ahead at +240 at BetOnline.

Winston won the Heisman two years ago in leading the Seminoles to the national championship, and he was 26-1 in two seasons at Florida State, with the lone loss coming to the Oregon Ducks in last year’s Rose Bowl. The Seminoles have won the ACC’s Atlantic Division in four of the past five years.

Clemson, at +250 on the ACC odds, is coming off a 10-3 campaign and will be returning one of the top Heisman candidates in sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was limited to just eight games as a true freshman due to injuries. Watson threw 14 TD passes with only two interceptions and ran for five more scores as the Tigers went 5-3 in the games he played, including those he did not start but came on in relief of departed senior Cole Stoudt.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are at +450 at BetOnline to win the ACC Championship Game and last won it in 2009. However, the Yellow Jackets appeared in the game two of the past three years, losing to the Seminoles by a combined eight points. Georgia Tech won the ACC’s Coastal Division in three of the previous six years and went 11-3 in 2014.

The Virginia Tech Hokies are at +800 to win the ACC Championship Game in 2015 with Virginia Tech having captured the ACC crown in 2007, 2008 and 2010; the Hokies have also appeared in two other ACC Championships (2005 and 2011) as winners of the Coastal Division. The Louisville Cardinals, at +850, round out the top 2015 ACC contenders.

2015/16 ACC Conference Champion

Odds as of July 20 at BetOnline

  • Florida State +240
  • Clemson +250
  • Georgia Tech +450
  • Virginia Tech +800
  • Louisville +850
  • Miami +1400
  • North Carolina State +1600
  • North Carolina +1800
  • Duke +2000
  • Pittsburgh +2500
  • Boston College +5000
  • Virginia +6600
  • Syracuse +10000
  • Wake Forest +10000

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Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles were the champions of the ACC conference last season en route to a national title, and the oddsmakers at the sportsbooks have them pegged as huge favorites on the ACC Championship odds once again for the 2014 campaign.

At Bovada the Seminoles are listed as the 1/3 favorites on the odds to win the ACC Championship and as the 1/6 chalk to win the conference's Atlantic Division title. Florida State went 14-0 overall last season, routing the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship Game.

Clemson and Louisville are then at 10/1 on the ACC Championship odds at Bovada, with North Carolina, Miami, and Virginia Tech at 12/1, and Duke at 20/1. The Blue Devils went 6-2 in the ACC and 10-4 overall last season to claim the ACC's Coastal Division title.

Georgia Tech is back at 25/1 on the ACC Championship odds at Bovada, with Pittsburgh at 40/1, Syracuse and Virginia at 66/1, N.C. State at 100/1, and Boston College and Wake Forest the longshots on the list at 200/1.

Only Florida State went unbeaten in ACC play last season, with Clemson 7-1 in the conference, Duke 6-2, and each of Miami, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech 5-3. N.C. State and Virginia both went 0-8 in ACC play last season.

2014 Odds to Win the ACC Championship at Bovada as of August 18:
Florida State 1/3
Clemson 10/1
Louisville 10/1
Miami 12/1
North Carolina 12/1
Virginia Tech 12/1
Duke 20/1
Georgia Tech 25/1
Pittsburgh 40/1
Syracuse 66/1
Virginia 66/1
NC State 100/1
Boston College 200/1
Wake Forest 200/1

2014 Odds to Win the ACC Atlantic Division at Bovada as of August 18:
Florida State 1/6
Louisville 6/1
Clemson 13/2
Syracuse 33/1
Boston College 50/1
NC State 50/1
Wake Forest 100/1

2014 Odds to Win the ACC Coastal Division at Bovada as of August 18:
Virginia Tech 5/2
Miami 3/1
North Carolina 3/1
Duke 13/2
Georgia Tech 8/1
Pittsburgh 10/1
Virginia 14/1

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The ACC is no longer considered a power conference among some of the other majors in college football, but teams such as Florida State and Clemson remain powers in the national rankings heading into the 2013 season.

Florida State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 20/1)

Last season’s ACC champs went 12-2 straight-up overall and 7-1 SU in conference play, but the Seminoles were just 4-9 against the spread.

Clemson (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 25/1)

The Tigers’ 49-37 loss to Florida State as 14.5-point road underdogs cost them a shot at playing for the ACC title last year. They ended the year 11-2 SU and 9-4 ATS.

Miami (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 33/1)

The Hurricanes are eligible for postseason play this season after earning a share of the Coastal Division title last year at 5-3 SU. They went 7-5 SU overall and 9-3 ATS.

North Carolina (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 150/1)

The Tar Heels were also ineligible for the postseason last year after going 5-3 SU in the Coastal Division. They went 2-4 ATS over their last six games.

Virginia Tech (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 150/1)

The Hokies went 4-9 ATS last season while failing to cover in all six of their games on the road. The total stayed UNDER in four of their last six games overall.

Georgia Tech (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 250/1)

The Yellow Jackets covered in nine of 14 games and went 6-3 ATS at home. They were 5-1 ATS in their last six games.

Pittsburgh (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 300/1)

In their last season in the Big East, the Panthers went 6-7 SU and 3-4 SU in conference play. They were 4-2 ATS in six games at home.

Boston College (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 500/1)

The Eagles won just one conference game last season and went 2-10 SU overall. They were 0-6 ATS on the road.

Duke (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

The Blue Devils went 5-3 ATS at home in 2012, but just 1-4 ATS on the road. The total went OVER in nine of 12 games.

Maryland (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

The Terrapins were 2-6 SU in conference play last season after losing their final six games of the year. Overall, they went 4-8 SU and 6-6 ATS.

NC State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

The total stayed UNDER in five of six homes games for N.C. State last season while going OVER in four of six games on the road. The Wolfpack were 5-7-1 ATS last year.

Syracuse (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

Also new to the ACC, the Orange went 8-5 SU (7-5-1 ATS) in their last season in the Big East.

Virginia (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

In 2012, the Cavaliers failed to cover in nine of 12 games while going 4-8 SU. They were 0-6-1 ATS at home.

Wake Forest (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

The Demon Deacons went 1-4 both SU and ATS in their final five games last season and the total stayed UNDER in six of their last seven games.