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Odds to Win ACC Championship: Clemson Edges Out Notre Dame

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence completing a pass against Syracuse

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. This season the ACC is a two-horse race between Clemson and Notre Dame.

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Bodog has Clemson as the betting favorite in the odds to win the conference championship at -300 with Notre Dame coming back at +220.

The 2020 ACC championship game will be contested between Clemson and Notre Dame on December 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Here’s a look at the sportsbook’s odds to win the ACC crown:

Odds To Win 2020 ACC Championship
TeamOdds
Clemson Tigers-300
Notre Dame Fighting Irish+220

Odds as of December 9 at Bovada

Clemson Remains The Slight Favorite

Clemson will get its rematch with Notre Dame next weekend to determine the ACC champion. This time the Tigers will have Trevor Lawrence under center after the star quarterback was absent from the first meeting due to a COVID-19 diagnosis.

Now 9-1 overall, the Tigers trail only Alabama in the odds to win the national title. They have made it to the last two national championship games, beating Alabama two years ago and falling to LSU last season.

Before Lawrence was sidelined, head coach Dabo Swinney had his team firing on all cylinders. In Lawrence’s absence, they squeaked out a home win against Boston College and then lost a thriller to the Irish. Things look to have gotten back to normal over the last two weeks with Lawrence back in the lineup.

He was the undisputed favorite to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy before being sidelined. Now second on the Heisman oddsboard, he has thrown for 2,431 yards and 20 touchdowns in eight games.

Flanking Lawrence is junior running back Travis Etienne, who has been solid all season for the Tigers. This team will have its hands full against Notre Dame to win the ACC next weekend.

Notre Dame Has A Chance To Shock 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. Now Notre Dame is just one win away from claiming the ACC championship.

The No. 2-ranked team in the nation, the Fighting Irish are still riding the momentum of that epic 47-40 double-overtime victory over Clemson. Since then, Notre Dame has knocked off Boston College, North Carolina and Syracuse to fashion a perfect 10-0 record.

Senior quarterback Ian Book leads an offense that is averaging 474.4 yards per game and the defense is one of the best in college football.

Notre Dame vs Clemson will be an incredibly hard-fought game, and they offer the possibility the ACC could be represented by two teams in the College Football Playoff.

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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 -300

Notre Dame +220

If you think Clemson is due for another championship and you bet $100, you’d get a payout of $133.33 – your original money is returned along with your winnings of $33.33. Conversely, if you’re looking at Notre Dame and believe that the Fighting Irish are going to upset Clemson, that same $100 gives you $320 – you get your $100 back coupled with your winnings of $220. 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 a 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.