2015 ACC Football Betting Preview
The loss of former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston from the Florida State Seminoles to the NFL has made the Clemson Tigers the team to beat in the ACC for the upcoming college football season at opening 5/2 odds at 5Dimes.
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.
Clemson is coming off a 10-3 campaign and will be returning one of the top Heisman candidates for 2015 in sophomore QB Deshaun Watson, who was limited to just eight games as a true freshman due to injuries. Watson threw 14 touchdown 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.
Despite the departure of Winston, the Seminoles are still loaded on both sides of the ball and 3/1 at 5Dimes to win their fourth straight ACC Championship Game. They won the ACC’s Atlantic Division in four of the previous five years, with Clemson taking it two of the past six and serving as the last team to win the title game other than Florida State in 2011.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are 4/1 at 5Dimes 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 Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Tech Hokies and Louisville Cardinals are all 8/1 to win the ACC Championship Game in 2015. Of that group, Virginia Tech is the lone school to have won the title game, capturing the 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. Duke made its first-ever appearance in the ACC Championship Game in 2013 while Louisville just joined the conference last year.
2015 Odds to Win the ACC Championship at 5Dimes as of February 13:
Florida State +300
Georgia Tech +400
Virginia Tech +800
NC State +1000
Miami FL +1500
North Carolina +2000
Boston College +3000
Wake Forest +6000
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
North Carolina 12/1
Virginia Tech 12/1
Georgia Tech 25/1
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
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
North Carolina 3/1
Georgia Tech 8/1
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.