Clemson Betting Odds Preview
There was some concern a few years back that Clemson might have jumped the gun in firing head coach Tommy Bowden, replacing him with assistant Dabo Swinney. But Tiger Nation doesn't seem to mind the move now, after a couple division titles, the first conference crown in 20 years, and a BCS bowl bid. This year Clemson is expected to be right in the running for the ACC title again, thanks to the return of multi-threat QB Tajh Boyd and a home game with the Tigers' main competitor in the ACC Atlantic, Florida State.
Clemson had 14 starters back last year, with an eye on another ACC title. The Tigers then started 3-0, but in the game that eventually decided the Atlantic Division title the Clemson defense gave up more than 600 yards of offense in a 49-37 loss at Florida State. The Tigers then ran the rest of the table in ACC play, putting up some fat numbers on offense, but in the season finale they got upset at home by South Carolina in the Palmetto Bowl 27-17. Clemson then recovered to pull an upset of its own, rallying to beat LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl 25-24 to finish 11-2. The Tigers also went a profitable 9-4 ATS last season, 7-1 ATS in ACC play and 6-0 ATS away from Memorial Stadium.
This year Clemson gets 12 starters back, six on each side of the ball. On offense Boyd, a preseason Heisman contender, is joined by WR Sammy Watkins and four of the big boys up front, while on defense five of the front seven are back. But the Tigers will have to replace 1,000-yard rusher Andre Ellington, WR DeAndre Hopkins (1,400 receiving yards last year), and three-quarters of the defensive secondary.
Clemson kicks off this season in style, hosting Georgia. The ACC slate includes four winnable games at NC State, Syracuse, Maryland, and Virginia, and home games vs. Wake Forest, Boston College, and Georgia Tech. But most importantly, in the game that might once again decide who wins the Atlantic Division, the Tigers get Florida State at Death Valley on October 19. They then end the season with the Palmetto Bowl at South Carolina.
ACC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 30
Florida State +240
Virginia Tech +775
North Carolina +850
Georgia Tech +1050
NC State +7000
Boston College +8500
Wake Forest +15000