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ACC Football Odds: FSU leads pack

Florida State was favored to win the ACC a year ago and stumbled to a fourth-place finish.

But the Seminoles are the early favorite at 5Dimes, the first online sportsbook to post odds to win the ACC for 2012.

Here's a quick look at the field in the battle for the 2012 ACC championship.

Florida State is the favorite at 5Dimes to win the ACC championship at +130, a year after they were expected to contend for the national title. Instead they lost four games and finished in third place in the ACC's Atlantic Division.

This year FSU returns eight starters on offense, including quarterback EJ Manuel, and nine starters on defense. But the schedule calls for the 'Noles to play at Miami and at Virginia Tech.

Defending Coastal Division champion Virginia Tech is the second choice to win the ACC this year at +250. The Hokies return 12 starters from a team that went 7-1 in conference play last year, although only three of them are on offense.

And while they get FSU at home, they have to play at Clemson and Miami.

ADVERTISEMENT:  As usual one online sportsbook is ahead of the competition when it comes to posting early odds. So it comes as no surprise that 5Dimes is the first sportsbook to release 2012 NCAA football conference championship odds.

Speaking of Clemson, the Tigers are getting +400 to repeat as conference champs this season. Clemson gets back seven starters on both sides of the ball from a team that beat Virginia Tech twice last year. And while they have to play at Florida State, they get Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech at home.

Miami and Georgia Tech come next at +1,200. The Wreck gets back 15 starters after going 5-3 in conference play last year, but the 'Canes only get eight starters back from a team that went 3-5.

Rounding out the field on 5Dimes 2012 ACC championship board, North Carolina is getting +1300, North Carolina State +1400, Coastal Division runner-up Virginia +1800, Wake Forest +2200, Boston College +4000, Maryland (with 19 returning starters) +5500 and Duke +8000.