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Odds To Win ACC Championship: Clemson Appears To Be Untouchable

The college football season is a few months away but while the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s never too early to take a look at the upcoming year on the gridiron. For the past five seasons, knocking off Clemson has proven to be a very difficult task, with the Tigers winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship each year since 2015. The prospects for this upcoming season appear no different as the Tigers are a -600 favorite to win yet another ACC title.

Online sportsbook BetOnline has Clemson as the betting favorite at -600, followed by Miami at +750, North Carolina at +1000, Virginia Tech at +1200, Florida State at +1600, Virginia at +2000, Louisville at +2800, Pittsburgh at +2800, Wake Forest at +4000 and NC State at +5000 to round out the top 10 on the oddsboard.

Why Is Clemson The Favorite?

Not only is Clemson the favorite to win the ACC 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. Additionally, during their run of five straight ACC titles, the Orange and Regalia have been to four national title games, winning twice.

Heading into the 2020-21 season, Clemson has the third-best recruiting class in the nation and the most five-star recruits at five. Most notable among the Tigers’ recruits is defensive tackle Bryan Bresee, who was the top-ranked recruit for this class.

Junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence, second on the oddsboard to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy, has a ridiculous career record of 25-1. His only loss came in this year’s national championship game, but he won a title the previous year as a true freshman. Flanking Lawrence is junior running back Travis Etienne, who was expected to make the leap to the NFL this year but elected to return for another season. This team is stacked and is the rightful favorite to win the ACC.

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, the next two teams on the oddsboard, Miami at +750 and North Carolina at +1000, did a great job recruiting this year. If I were to choose one of those squads, it would be the 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 is returning for his sophomore season and will have running back Javonte Williams on his hip again as well. The offensive line will have a new look, which could be concerning, but if the newcomers can slide in confidently, then that side of the ball should be OK. Defensively, North Carolina surrendered 308 points, the fourth-fewest in the ACC, and returns many starters so all could be good there as well.

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.

Here’s a look at the full list of odds to win the 2020 ACC championship:

2020 ACC College Football Conference Betting Odds
Clemson Tigers-600
Miami Hurricanes+750
North Carolina Tar Heels+1000
Virginia Tech Hokies+1200
Florida State Seminoles+1600
Virginia Cavaliers+2000
Louisville Cardinals+2800
Pittsburgh Panthers+2800
Wake Forest Demon Deacons+4000
NC State Wolfpack+5000
Duke Blue Devils+6600
Syracuse Orange+6600
Boston College Eagles+8000
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets+25000

Odds as of April 11 at Bovada

How to Understand ACC Football Odds

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

Clemson Tigers -200

Miami Hurricanes +600

Syracuse Orange +1200

The team with the minus sign (-) beside its odds is the favorite. The rest are underdogs. When there is no minus sign, the school with the lowest odds is the fave. For example, if the Tigers were at +200 instead of -200, they’d still be favored.

If you think Clemson is due for another championship and you bet $45, you’d get a payout of $67.50 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $22.50. Conversely, if you’re looking at Syracuse and believe that the Orange are going to have one heck of a season, that same $45 gives you $585 – you get your $45 back coupled with your winnings of $540. 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.