NCAA College Football Sports Betting Odds ACC Conference Preview

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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.

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