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Odds to Win the ACC Championship: Clemson the Overwhelming Favorite

For the past five seasons, knocking off Clemson has proven to be an extremely difficult task, with the Tigers winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship each year since 2015. The prospects for this season appear no different as the Tigers are a -950 favorite to win yet another ACC title.

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Online sportsbook BetOnline has Clemson as the betting favorite at -950, followed by Notre Dame (+650), Miami (+1600) and North Carolina (+2000).

The 2020 ACC championship game will be contested on either December 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here’s a look at the shop’s full list of odds:

Odds To Win 2020 ACC Championship
Clemson Tigers-950
Notre Dame Fighting Irish+650
Miami Hurricanes+1600
North Carolina Tar Heels+2000
Virginia Tech Hokies+3300
NC State Wolfpack+10000
Wake Forest Demon Deacons+10000
Pittsburgh Panthers+25000
Boston College Eagles+50000
Louisville Cardinals+50000
Virginia Cavaliers+50000
Florida State Seminoles+75000
Duke Blue Devils+100000
Syracuse Orange+100000
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets+100000

Odds as of October 28 at BetOnline

Can Anyone Beat Clemson?

Not only is Clemson the favorite to win the ACC at -950, but it is also atop the oddsboard to win the national title. The Tigers have made it to the last two national championship games, beating Alabama two years ago and falling to LSU this past season. To no surprise, Clemson is a perfect 6-0 to start the season and should remain perfect heading into the playoffs.

Head coach Dabo Swinney has his team clicking on all cylinders, and Clemson has put teams to shame with its explosive offense and tenacious defense. Virginia is the only opponent to stay within 20 points of the Tigers, and Clemson blasted Miami 42-17 in its only contest so far against a ranked team. The biggest matchup of the season happens next Saturday against the No. 4 Fighting Irish in Notre Dame.

Junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the undisputed favorite to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy, has a ridiculous career record of 31-1. His only loss came in last season’s national championship game. Lawrence has thrown for 1,833 yards and 17 touchdowns so far, and in the last few games he’s been taken out in the fourth quarter because the Tigers’ lead was so big.

Flanking Lawrence is junior running back Travis Etienne, who was expected to make the leap to the NFL last year but elected to return for another season and has been stellar for the Tigers. This team is stacked on both sides of the football and is the rightful favorite to win the ACC.

Can Notre Dame Catch Clemson?

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced major conferences to begin canceling non-conference games, that left Notre Dame without a full slate of opponents, so the Fighting Irish joined the ACC for the 2020-21 campaign.

Notre Dame is the fourth-ranked team in the nation with a 5-0 record. The Irish had a small hiccup against the Louisville Cardinals but managed to sneak out a 12-7 victory. As mentioned above, the real task for both Clemson and Notre Dame will come when the teams collide on November 7.

Head coach Brian Kelly and senior quarterback Ian Book have the Fighting Irish primed to be a true contender in the ACC. The defense is one of the best in college football and the offense is averaging 439.4 yards per game. The addition of the Fighting Irish has made the ACC more competitive and finally presented a true challenger to perennially dominant Clemson.

Which Team Is Providing Value To Win the ACC?

It’s really hard to say there’s a team worth throwing a wager on to upset Clemson this season. That said, if I were to choose the team providing the best value, then I would have to go with the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Last year, UNC nearly upset Clemson, losing 21-20 after failing to complete a two-point conversion on a last-second touchdown that would have given the Tar Heels a one-point victory. QB Sam Howell has returned for his sophomore season, combining with running back Javonte Williams for a solid backfield duo.

The offensive line has looked good in every game outside of the Florida State one, in which they suffered their only loss. Overall, it is clearly Clemson and then the rest of the ACC, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see North Carolina in the mix come conference championship time.

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How to Understand ACC Football Odds

At any college football sportsbook, you’ll see futures odds that look something like this:

Clemson Tigers -950

Miami Hurricanes +1600

If you think Clemson is due for another championship and you bet $100, you’d get a payout of $10.53 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $110.53. Conversely, if you’re looking at Miami and believe that the Hurricanes are going to upset Clemson, that same $100 gives you $1,700 – you get your $100 back coupled with your winnings of $1,600. You can use our Odds Calculator to find out what you’d win based on the odds and amount bet.

Bets on underdogs are riskier but they come with bigger rewards. That doesn’t mean you should bet on dogs in the hopes that you’ll make major coin. Do your research before making any futures bets, otherwise you could be on the losing end of a huge wager.

What is a Futures Bet on the ACC Championship?

When you bet on events that will happen in time (often weeks or even months in advance), it’s called a futures bet. In this case, you’d be betting on the odds of an ACC team becoming conference champion. When oddsmakers set the lines, they look at past performance and roster moves. With college football, players graduate and can leave gaping holes in the lineup. There are also coaching changes, transfers and injuries to look at. We suggest jumping on odds you like early since they could shift so much between the first game of the year and bowl season that you could lose out on great betting value.