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NCAA College Football Sports Betting Odds ACC Conference Preview

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

A new college football season is underway in just over two weeks. Now is a good time to take a look at notable teams from the ACC and their chances at winning the national championship.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has Clemson Tigers lined as +240 odds to repeat as winners of the College Football National Championship Game. Clemson the defending National Champion coming off the 44-16 victory to Alabama in the championship game after their beatdown of Notre Dame in the semifinal round. A huge strength for the Tigers was on defense but lose all starters on the defensive line to the draft. Four starters return on defense. Team went 15-0 in 2018. Trevor Lawrence returns at quarterback for his sophomore season. He will be eligible for the NFL draft after his junior year so no NFL distraction this upcoming season. Eight starters return on offense, so Lawrence has many weapons back including starting running back Travis Etienne.

Schedule: Open at home Georgia Tech at home then face Texas A&M at home the following week. Toughest road games are their final two at NC State and South Carolina. They do travel to Syracuse on September 14th, but the Orange loses quarterback Eric Dungy to the NFL.

There is a big drop to Miami at +8000 odds. Hurricanes a strong defense last season but had struggles with accuracy from their quarterback play. Miami was 7-6 last year and will turn to Ohio St sophomore transfer Tate Martell to start at quarterback. Six starters back on offense and defense with the inexperience in the secondary. Manny Diaz can recruit so the Hurricanes could be a year away.

Schedule: They open the season against Florida in Orlando. Back to back road games at Pittsburgh October 26th then their rival Florida St the next week. Other out of conference opponents include FIU, Central Michigan and Bethune Cookman. Challenging back to back home meetings in early October with Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Florida St has +9000 odds to win the Nationals Championship. Pressure is boiling for second year head coach Willie Taggart coming off a disappointing 5-7 record. Seminoles had struggles on both sides scoring only 21.9 points and allowing 31.5 points and 416 yards per game. Ugly losses late were tough to stomach for Seminoles supporters losing 59-10 to Clemson, 47-28 at NC State, 42-13 defeat at Notre Dame and 41-14 loss to Florida. Their inexperience comes on the defensive line. Cam Akers is a good running back and James Blackman returns at quarterback. Wisconsin transfer Alex Hornibrook is also available. All Florida St receivers and tight end are back.

Schedule: They do open with Boise St who loses a four year starter at quarterback and breaks in a new starter. One set of back to back road games at Clemson then Wake Forest. Other non-conference opponents include Alabama St, UL Monroe then at Florida to close the season.

The Hokies of Virginia Tech have an experienced defense and return +10000 odds. You think of Virginia Tech you think of a team with a good pass rush and physical hard-hitting defense. Two seasons ago the Hokies held opponents to 14.8 points per game. They were an inexperience defense last year then lost starters to injuries and the team gave up 439 yards and 31 points per game. They allowed 38 points or greater in four games during the regular season including a road 49-35 defeat at Old Dominion. Run defense was atrocious as the Hokies allowed 210 yards and 5.5 yards per carry on the ground last year. This year the Hokies have ten starters back on defense. On offense returning are 6 starters. Junior Ryan Willis returns as the starter at quarterback. Accuracy an issue as he completed 60% or greater of his passes in only 4 of 12 regular season games. Overall finished 2018 completing 55% of his throws. They do lose three starters on the offensive line. Team finished 6-7 after their bowl lost 35-31 to Cincinnati. But they needed late wins at home to Virginia and Marshall to move to 6-6 and bowl eligible.

Schedule: Right off the bat the team opens on the road with an ACC conference game at Boston College. Then the following week is a home revenge game against Old Dominion. No back to back road games. They have home games to Furman and Rhode Island and play at Notre Dame. Three weak home non-conference opponents will hurt their national rankings and brand. Negative talk of weak schedules is not good.

Syracuse a dark horse in the ACC Atlantic Division returns +20,000 odds. Syracuse has played Clemson tough the past two seasons with a three point home win in 2017 and a loss by four on the road last season. Orange lose on a two yard touchdown run with 41 seconds remaining. Gone is the Syracuse starting quarterback who also was a threat on the ground. Plus, exiting is their top receiver and three starters from the offensive line. Tommy DeVito a sophomore starts at quarterback. In limited time last season DeVito completed 50.6% of his throws. DeVito will have many weapons in the passing game back. Orange put up 40.2 points per game last year which was a 13 point improvement from the previous season. Defensively they have seven back and everyone back in the secondary. Syracuse beat West Virginia in their bowl game, and it was their first bowl appearance since 2013. Orange has given up a lot of points and yardage under head coach Dino Babers but the offense was able to carry them to high scoring victories.

Schedule: Open at Liberty then following week at Maryland. They get Clemson at home the next week. Then weak non-conference opponents in Western Michigan and Holy Cross. Late in November back to back road games at Duke and Louisville.

Clemson Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide College Football Betting Preview

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

The College Football Championship Game will feature the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers and Crimson Tide get things started from Santa Clara at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business have the Alabama Crimson Tide favored by -5 points with the over under line set at 58 ½ points.

This will be the fourth straight meeting in the playoffs between these teams. Alabama has won two of three including last year in the semifinal 24-6 victory as a -3.5 betting odds favorite. Crimson Tide got past Oklahoma in the semifinals 45-34. Alabama built a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. Team was able to move the football for 538 yards with Tua passing for 318 yards and four touchdowns. Last year in the championship game Tagovailoa came in for an ineffective Jalen Hurts and threw the game winning touchdowns in their win against Georgia. Crimson Tide has the edge in their strength of schedule. One of the impressive two weeks of this season came when Alabama faced LSU on the road and Mississippi St in back to back weeks. Crimson Tide beat LSU on the road 29-0 then the following week shut out Mississippi St 24-0 at home. Fast forward to the Crimson Tide past two games. A win against Georgia in the SEC title game then beating Oklahoma in the semifinals.

Clemson did not face near the quality of opposition as the Crimson Tide. The Tigers biggest test came on the road to Texas A&M where the Tigers won 28-26. As a -24 point favorite it was Clemson pulling out the 27-23 win not covering against Syracuse. Tigers faced Notre Dame in the semifinals and won 30-3 covering as a -10 ½ point favorite. The Tigers defense held the Fighting Irish to only 248 yards. Clemson offense posted 538 yards running for 211 for 5.7 yards a carry. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 69.2% of his throws in the win passing for three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Tigers first year quarterback has thrown for 27 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Monday, December 31st, 2018

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The Fiesta Bowl from Glendale Arizona gets underway at 1PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Central Florida Knights will meet LSU Tigers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the LSU Tigers favored by -7 with the over under line of 57 ½ points. Central Florida completed back to back undefeated regular seasons. Team will be without their starting quarterback McKenzie Milton who is out with a knee injury. LSU is 9-3 and come off a 74-72 seven overtime defeat at Texas A&M. Tigers defense failed to get stops in overtime. Other losses came at home to Alabama and a road game at Florida. UCF posted a notable home win to Cincinnati 38-13.

Rose Bowl from Pasadena airs on ESPN TV at 5PM Eastern Time as Ohio St Buckeyes meet Washington Huskies. Ohio St is favored by -6 ½ points with the total lined at 57 ½ points. To earn a Rose Bowl berth the Huskies beat Washington St on the road and a hot Utah team in the PAC 12 title game. Huskies defense has been good this season allowing 301 yards and 15.5 points per game. Ohio St defense struggled away from home this season. They closed the season with a 62-39 home win to Michigan and 45-24 to Northwestern in the Big Ten title game.

Sugar Bowl from New Orleans begins at 8:45PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV with Georgia Bulldogs batting Texas Longhorns. Georgia is favored by -12 ½ points with the total set at 58. Texas dropped their fourth game of the season in a 39-27 defeat to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game. Longhorns defense gave up 34 points or greater in four of their final six games. Georgia a one loss team as they entered the SEC championship game. Bulldogs built a 28-14 second half lead but gave up 21 unanswered points in their 35-28 defeat. The loss cost Georgia a spot in the Final Four playoffs.

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Monday, December 31st, 2018

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The Sun Bowl kicks off at 2PM Eastern Time on CBS TV as the Pittsburgh Panthers will meet the Stanford Cardinal from El Paso Texas. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Stanford Cardinal favored by -4 ½ points with the over under line set at 52 points. Stanford will play without running back Bryce Love as he gets ready for the NFL draft after a year filled with injuries. Cardinals must be disappointed with their 8-4 regular season finish. It did end on a positive note by beating rivals California. Pittsburgh a 7-6 team dropped two in a row to good defensive teams in Clemson and Miami which exposed a weak passing attack. Panthers against lesser defenses exhibited a good rushing attack.

At 7PM Eastern Time on FOX Sports 1 it is the Holiday Bowl from San Diego with Utah Utes meeting the Northwestern Wildcats. Utah is favored by -7 with the total of 46. These are two teams that failed in their bid to earn a Rose Bowl berth with a loss in their conference championship game. Utah has never been to a Rose Bowl and their 10-3 loss to Washington had to be extremely disappointing by dropping the game on an interception return for touchdown. Northwestern lost by 21 to Ohio St and soundly beaten in the Big Ten championship. Team did pull off notable wins at Iowa and home to Wisconsin this season. Utah starting quarterback Tyler Huntley has been upgraded to probable in this game after breaking his collar bone earlier in the season.

ESPN TV will televise the Gator Bowl from Jacksonville at 7:30PM Eastern Time as Texas A&M will battle the NC State Wolfpack. Texas A&M is favored by -7 with the total of 56. Texas A&M finished their regular season at 8-4 after pulling out a multi-overtime game at home to LSU 74-72. They did play Clemson tough in the non-conference losing 28-26. Their other losses came to Alabama, Mississippi St and Auburn on the road. NC State was a 9-3 regular season team. Notable wins came at home to Virginia and Boston College. Their losses came on the road by double digits at Syracuse as well as Clemson and a four point home loss to Wake Forest.

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Saturday, December 29th, 2018

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The action begins at 12PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV from Atlanta with the Peach Bowl as Michigan battles Florida. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Michigan Wolverines favored by -6 points with the over under of 51. Florida enters play on a three game win streak. Notable wins came at home to South Carolina and closing out the regular season beating rivals Florida St on the road 41-14. Michigan began their season with a loss at Notre Dame and enter their bowl game getting blown out at rivals Ohio St 62-49. Wolverines defense surrendered 567 yards to the Buckeyes with 396 passing and six touchdowns. Gators did beat quality opposition this year with a home win to LSU and on the road to Mississippi St.

Cotton Bowl will be a playoff semifinal from Arlington Texas at 4PM Eastern Time on ESPN as Clemson meets Notre Dame. Clemson is favored by -12 ½ points with the total of 56 ½ points. Clemson is an undefeated team at 13-0 and the Fighting Irish at 12-0. Tigers offense rolled down the stretch putting up 56 at home to South Carolina and 42 facing Pittsburgh on a neutral field in the ACC Championship game. A common opponent includes the Pittsburgh Panthers and Notre Dame struggled offensively for the 19-14 home victory. That was with Ian Book under center for the Fighting Irish.

The night wraps up at 8PM Eastern Time from Miami in the Orange Bowl playoff semifinal game with Alabama facing Oklahoma. Alabama is favored by -14 with the over under of 77. Oklahoma is the only team with a loss in these playoffs. They were able to get revenge after beating Texas in the Big 12 championship game 39-27 covering as a -8 ½ point favorite. That result means that Oklahoma beat every team from a competitive Big 12 conference schedule. Sooners post the number one offense in the nation averaging 578 yards and 49.5 points per game. Alabama finished at up 13-0 as they rallied from a 14 point second half deficit to beat Georgia in the SEC title game. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is probable with an ankle injury. Crimson Tide is second in the nation in scoring posting 47.9 points per game. They do have notable shut out victories to LSU and Mississippi St this season.

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Thursday, December 27th, 2018

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It all begins at 1:30PM Eastern Time from Nashville with the Music City Bowl on ESPN TV as Auburn will face Purdue. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Auburn Tigers favored by -3 ½ points with the over under of 55 ½ points. Auburn is not happy with their 7-5 record and their coach Gus Malzahn is on the hot seat. Last year the Tigers were beaten by Central Florida in their bowl game. They did face one of the toughest schedules in the nation as they had losses to Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi St on the road with a home defeat to LSU. Purdue is a 6-6 team that needed a seven point win at Indiana to become bowl eligible. They had dropped three of four prior to the win at the Hoosiers.

At 5:15PM Eastern Time on ESPN it is the Camping World Bowl from Orlando as Syracuse will battle West Virginia. Syracuse is favored by -1 ½ points with the total of 66 ½ points. The news from this game is that West Virginia quarterback Will Grier will miss this bowl to get ready for the NFL draft. Mountaineers lost two straight to close the regular season with defeats to Oklahoma at home and Oklahoma St on the road. That prevented a trip to a New Years bowl and possible trip to the Final Four. Orange has won five of their final six games. The lone loss coming 36-3 to Notre Dame on a neutral field. Syracuse runs for 210 yards and passes for 261 yards per game.

From San Antonio Texas at 9PM Eastern Time the Alamo Bowl will feature Washington St Cougars against the Iowa St Cyclones. Washington St is favored by -2 ½ points with the total of 56 points. Washington St lands here after blowing a shot at a Rose Bowl berth with a home defeat to Washington. Head coach Mike Leach was vocal about his disappointment about not making a New Year’s Day bowl. He has not had a good bowl record in his time with Washington St. Iowa St finished at 8-4 overall. They won seven of their final eight games with notable wins to West Virginia at home and Oklahoma St on the road.

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

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The action begins at 1:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV with the Independence Bowl from Shreveport as Duke Blue Devils meet Temple Owls. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Temple Owls favored by -3 ½ points with the total set at 54 ½ points. Like last year Temple closed their season strong as they finished at 8-4 overall. Owls have won three straight and six of their past seven games. Their lone loss in AAC play came to UCF on the road 52-40. Duke is 7-5 overall and had a disappointing finish to their regular season. Blue Devils after a 35-6 road loss at Clemson had an embarrassing home loss 59-7 to Wake Forest. Duke struggled in run defense allowing 222 yards per game with 5.2 per rush.

From Yankees Stadium it is the Pinstripe Bowl as Wisconsin will meet Miami Hurricanes at 5:15PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV. Miami is favored by -3 with the total of 47 ½ points. These teams met in the Orange Bowl last year with Wisconsin winning 34-24. The star in that win was Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook. But the signal caller will miss the Pinstripe Bowl with a concussion. Miami concluded play at 7-5 behind a strong defense and struggles on offense. Hurricanes quarterback struggled this year and the team completed only 51.9% of their passes.

At 9PM Eastern Time from Houston it will be the Texas Bowl as Vanderbilt will face Baylor on ESPN TV. Vanderbilt is favored by -4 with the total of 55 ½ points. This is a game between 6-6 teams. Baylor become bowl eligible as they defeated Texas Tech on the road 35-24 to break a two game losing streak. Bears have a notable home win to Oklahoma St. Vanderbilt to become bowl eligible needed three wins in their final four games. They got past Tennessee at home in their regular season finale 38-13. Vanderbilt has Kyle Shurmur a four year starting senior quarterback with experienced offensive line. Commodores completed 63.5% of their pass attempts this year.

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Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

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The action gets underway at 1:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV with the First Responder Bowl from Dallas as Boise St meets Boston College. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home side Boise St Broncos favored by -2 ½ points with the total of 55 ½ points. Boise St was an experienced team entering the season with nearly all off their defense back and a four year starter playing in his senior year at quarterback. They finished at 10-3 with notable losses to San Diego St at home and Fresno St in the Mountain West championship game. Boston College finished at 7-5 and enters on a three game losing streak after their 42-21 home defeat to Syracuse.

At 5:15PM Eastern Time from Detroit it is the Quick Lane Bowl as Georgia Tech faces Minnesota Golden Gophers on ESPN TV. Georgia Tech is favored by -5 ½ points with the total of 57. Minnesota finished at 6-6 and pulled off one of the unlikely results in the regular season finale as they beat Wisconsin 37-15 at home to become bowl eligible. Golden Gophers have struggled in run defense this season. Georgia Tech sits at 7-5. They had their four game win streak snapped in a 45-21 road loss at Georgia. Their head coach Paul Johnson will retire at the end of this game.

The Cheez-It Bowl from Phoenix kicks off at 9PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as TCU will meet California. Cal is favored by -1 with the over under of 38 ½ points. California was one of the surprise teams of the PAC 12 finishing at 7-5. They did pick up notable wins to Washington and USC on the road this season. They couldn’t break their long losing streak to Stanford in the Big Game losing 23-13 to complete their regular season. Offense has been a challenge as the team has averaged 15 points or fewer in four of their final five games. TCU struggled to start the season as they are a young team. They came on late to finish at 6-6 by putting up wins to Oklahoma St and Baylor.

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

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The bowl action gets underway at 12PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons meet the Memphis Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Memphis Tigers favored by -3 with the total lined at 73. Memphis closed the regular season with a disappointing loss to Central Florida 56-41 which broke a four game win streak. To become bowl eligible at 6-6 Wake Forest needed a 59-7 road win at Duke. Tigers running back Darrell Henderson will not play to get ready for the NFL draft.

At 3:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV it is the Armed Forces Bowl as Army will meet Houston. Army is favored by -5 with the total of 60. Houston will be without their star defensive lineman Ed Oliver as he gets ready for the NFL draft. Cougars closed their regular season losing three of their final four games allowing 45 points or greater in those defeats. Army went 10-2 after their 17-10 victory to Navy. It is now an eight game win streak since their overtime loss at Oklahoma.

The Dollar General Bowl starts at 7PM Eastern Time on ESPN as Troy battles Buffalo. It is Buffalo favored by -1 ½ points with the total of 49 ½ points. Troy enters with a 9-3 record. They had their four game win streak snapped in a 21-10 road defeat at Appalachian St. Trojans do have a notable five point win at Nebraska. Buffalo finished 10-3 on the year but blew a 29-10 second half lead in the MAC title game to Northern Illinois losing 30-29.

The late night game gets going at 10:30PM Eastern Time on ESPN TV in the Hawaii Bowl as Hawaii faces Louisiana Tech. Hawaii is favored by -1 with the total of 61. Hawaii finished with a surprising 8-5 record. They went on the road to close out their regular season beating San Diego St 31-30 as an eighteen point underdog while already bowl eligible. Quarterback Cole McDonald led the nation’s ninth ranked passing attack. Louisiana Tech a 7-5 team from Conference USA. They beat up on a lot of bad team in their conference and lost to a bad Western Kentucky team 30-15 at home to close the regular season.

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Friday, December 21st, 2018

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The action gets underway at 12:30PM Eastern Time with the Bahamas Bowl as the Toledo Rockets meeting Florida International Golden Panthers. The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the Toledo Rockets favored by -4 ½ points with the total lined at 59 points. Florida International is 8-4 and come off a disappointing loss at home to Marshall 28-25. That loss prevented the Golden Panthers from advancing to the Conference USA title game. FIU is a good offensive team that moves the football for 417 yards with a rushing attack that generates 170 yards. Quarterback James Morgan is completing 65.3% of his passes for 2727 yards with 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Toledo finished the year at 7-5. They dropped both games against the top MAC teams on the schedule in Northern Illinois and Buffalo. Rockets lost by double digits to both the Huskies and Bulls. First year starting quarterback Eli Peters completed 54.6% of his passes for 1573 yards with 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Rockets are a good rushing team running for 223 yards per game.

From Boise Idaho it is the Potato Bowl as the BYU Cougars meeting Western Michigan Broncos at 4PM ET on ESPN. BYU is favored by -12 points with the total set at 50 points. Western Michigan broke a three game losing streak as they defeated Northern Illinois at home 28-21. Broncos had ugly losses in MAC games to Toledo by 27 and Ohio by 45 all at home. Western Michigan lost their starting quarterback Joe Wassink for the year with a foot injury. Freshman Kalek Eleby saw action in four games completing 64.9% of his throws with four touchdowns and two picks.

BYU finished play at 6-6. They became bowl eligible with wins late in the season to New Mexico St and Massachusetts. Their only win to a bowl team came at Wisconsin 24-21. Cougars offense struggled through the season and had to switch to freshman quarterback Zach Wilson. He completed 62.2% of his passes with eight touchdowns and three interceptions. BYU did display good defensive play this season holding teams to 325 yards per game which is 18th in the nation.