The ACC is one of five major conferences in Division IA college football. The recent success of one of its programs has elevated its status as a power conference. However, this sets the stage for a lopsided one-team race to the 2019 ACC title.
When it comes to the NCAAF Futures odds at MyBookie online sportsbook to win the conference championship this season, that same scenario is highlighted in a big way. Anytime you are faced with the prospect of a high-risk bet, you have to decide what the true value is for a lower reward.
The Clemson Tigers are not only a prohibitive favorite to win another ACC title, but they also remain the top team in the nation to win this year’s College Football Playoff Championship at +180 betting odds. This program was elevated to a whole new level with last season’s shocking 44-16 romp over Alabama in the national title game as 5.5-point underdogs.
The reigning national champs now have a huge bull’s eye on their back should these two national powers cross paths at some point this season, but Dabo Swinney’s squad has already proven it knows how to walk the walk.
The main value in Miami’s odds is the simple fact that it plays in the opposite division than Clemson and the Tigers are not on its regular-season schedule. If the Hurricanes can navigate their way back to the top of the Coastal Division standings, they will at least get a chance to take down Clemson in the title game.
Bettors will get a good taste of what Miami is all about this season with a Week 1 showdown against the rival Florida Gators as +1200 third-favorites to win the SEC this season.
The Seminoles are the second of four teams in the ACC’s Top Five from the stacked Atlantic Division. They slipped to 3-5 in conference play last season but returning talent and a strong recruiting class should produce some much better results in 2019. Kendal Briles takes over at quarterback and Florida State’s defense could be the team’s core strength.
The Seminoles are still playing for second in the division race, especially with this year’s annual tilt against the Tigers in Clemson on Oct. 12.
Syracuse has been Clemson’s toughest test in the Atlantic Division the past two seasons, including its stunning upset in 2017. Unfortunately, a quick comparison at the starting lineups for both teams dictate that the gap has widened considerably heading into this season. Quarterback Tommy DeVito should make things difficult for any other defense the Orange face this year and head coach Dino Babers has brought a high level of consistency to the overall program.
The fourth team on the list from the weighted down Atlantic Division has some heavy lifting to stay relevant in the ACC title race. The Wolfpack were third in the standings last season at 5-3 in conference play, but two of those losses were to Clemson and Syracuse on the road by a double-digit margin. Playing both at home this season is a plus, but they still have Florida State on the road.
NC State will have eight starters back on defense, but it lost quite a bit of production on the other side of the ball. This includes standout quarterback Ryan Finley.