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ACC Football: Clemson Odds-On Fave To Win Conference in 2019


Although it may look like one of the lesser conferences for NCAA Football, the Atlantic Coast Conference still houses the defending national champion and powerhouse Clemson Tigers. Clemson finished with an undefeated record in the ACC last season and is the overwhelming favorite to win the conference again in 2019.

Online sportsbook Bovada has the Tigers at -350 to win the ACC for the fifth straight year. Following Clemson are the Miami Hurricanes (+750), Virginia Cavaliers (+1600), Florida State Seminoles (+1800) and Syracuse Orange (+2200) to round out the top five candidates.

Is Clemson A Lock To Win the ACC?

It sure seems that way. The Clemson Tigers may have lost three of their four All-American defensive linemen in Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence and Clelin Ferrell but they still have enough depth to replace them given the way the team has recruited. Even if their defense takes a step back, it may not matter because of their offensive firepower.

Second-year QB Trevor Lawrence looks the part of a Heisman Trophy candidate and they’ve got studs like Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross to make plays. Those four were key components during their postseason run when they stomped on Alabama in the national championship game. I fully expect this crew to make it back to the College Football Playoff this year and contend for the 2019 title. The odds aren’t great at -350 to win the ACC but it’s only a bad pick if they lose and – spoiler alert – they won’t.

Why You Shouldn’t Bet On Another ACC Team

The main reason you shouldn’t bet on another team in the ACC to win the conference is that no program outside of Florida State can boast the number of five-star recruits that Clemson has.

Florida State (+1800) has always been in the mix but its quarterback play since Jameis Winston went to the NFL has not been up to snuff. Willie Taggart will be starting James Blackman under center this season and this will be his first season as the unquestioned starter.

The Seminoles finished 3-5 SU in conference play in 2018 and their fate in the ACC could be decided on October 26 when they play Clemson on the road. If they lose that game, they have no chance.

Miami comes in behind Clemson on the oddsboard at +750 but I’m not very high on Jarren Williams or Tate Martell to carry the Hurricanes to the top of the ACC. They could potentially win the Coastal Division but then would likely fall to Clemson in the final so I just think it’s a waste of money to bet on any team outside of the Tigers to take the ACC.

2019 ACC College Football Conference Betting Odds
Clemson Tigers-350
Miami Hurricanes+750
Virginia Cavaliers+1600
Florida State Seminoles+1800
Syracuse Orange+2200
Virginia Tech Hokies+2200
NC State Wolfpack+3500
Pitt Panthers+6500
Boston College Eagles+6600
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets+7000
North Carolina Tar Heels+7500
Duke Blue Devils+8500
Wake Forest Demon Deacons+9000
Louisville Cardinals+15000

Odds as of August 21 at Bovada

Odds To Win ACC - Atlantic Division 2019-20 Season
  • Clemson -650
  • Florida State +625
  • Syracuse +1000
  • NC State +2400
  • Boston College +7500
  • Wake Forest +12500
  • Louisville +22000
Odds as of August 21 at BetOnline
Odds To Win ACC - Coastal Division 2019-20 Season
  • Miami Florida +160
  • Virginia Tech +190
  • Virginia +220
  • Pittsburgh +1600
  • North Carolina +2000
  • Duke +3000
  • Georgia Tech +4000
Odds as of August 21 at BetOnline