The ACC

  • The Clemson Tigers are the top team in the ACC with (-750) odds to be the conference champions.
  • The North Carolina Tar Heels (+800) and the Miami Hurricanes (+900) make up the next tier of teams slated to win.
  • There is a pretty sizable drop-off afterward with the remaining teams having extremely long odds to win the conference.

LAS VEGAS – The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is home to one of the top college football programs in the country along with some of the most historic and fastest-rising teams in all of college football. Although there is a fair share of unimpressive teams to round out the group as well.

Tier 1 Teams: The Runaway Favorites

It’s no secret that the list of top-tier teams in the ACC begins and ends with the Clemson Tigers. As one of the favorites to win the national title, it may be unsurprising to find them as the overwhelming favorite to win in their conference.

No.1 – Clemson Tigers (-750)

Not only do regulated sports betting sites have Clemson as huge favorites to win the ACC but they are on the shortlist of national championship contenders. At (+375) odds to win it all in 2021, the Tigers should have no issue dominating the ACC.

Tier 2 Teams: The Realistic Contenders

Considering just how good Clemson has been (six straight conference championships), there are not too many teams out there that have the capabilities of pulling off an upset but these have a shot.

No. 2 – North Carolina Tarheels (+800)

The North Carolina Tar Heels have one of the best quarterbacks in the country and potential No. 1 pick in the NFL draft in Sam Howell. He had one of the best true-freshman seasons in recent memory and as he enters his third season with Mack Brown as his coach, the team could be set for a big season.

No. 3 – Miami Hurricanes (+900)

Despite most likely starting the season with a loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in Week 1, the Miami Hurricanes could finally be in a spot to be competitive in the ACC again. D’Eriq King will need to have a big season, but he’s proven his ability to do so in the past.

Tier 3 Teams: Not The Worst But Far From The Best

The ACC is more or less a three-team race, at least according to the sports betting sites. What comes after those teams do not stand out as much.

No. 4 – Louisville Cardinals (+3500)

The Louisville Cardinals are bringing back Malik Cunningham and many of his favorite weapons along with him. The team should see some major progression from their 4-7 season a year ago. Louisville hasn’t had back-to-back losing seasons since 2008-2009.

No. 5 – Virginia Tech Hokies (+3000)

The Virginia Tech Hokies have had just two losing seasons since 1992. Their 2020 season was hindered by inconsistent QB play but the team should be able to bounce back with a solid season. VT could realistically be in the second tier.

No. 6 – NC State Wolfpack (+4000)

The North Carolina State Wolfpack hovered at the bottom of the AP rankings last season, but it seemed as if they were taking advantage of the other team’s down seasons rather than truly improving themselves. There’s possible potential to be seen but questions as well.

No. 7 – Pittsburgh Panthers (+4500)

Led by one of the better defenses in the conference, the Pittsburgh Panthers have the ability to put teams on upset alert. However, under Pat Narduzzi, this team has never been able to put things together for a full season.

No. 8 – Florida State Seminoles (+5000)

The Florida State Seminoles have been disappointing for the last four years. With that said, FSU may finally have a respectable quarterback as McKenzie Milton, who is set to take over as the starter this season. There are weaknesses on the roster but also much promise for improvement on the field in 2021-2022.

No. 9 – Boston College Eagles (+5000)

The Boston College Eagles have a good offensive line but not much else. With that said, everything on offense is easier with a good o-line so it’s possible that BC could pull off some surprises in 2021.

No. 10 – Virginia Cavaliers (+4400)

Possibly the biggest wildcard in the conference, the Virginia Cavaliers could be legitimate threats or one of the worst teams in the conference. It’s a game of roulette with this team. They are bringing back a good portion of their 2020 roster, which can be left up for debate as to whether or not this is a good thing.

No. 11 – Wake Forest Demon Deacons (+4400)

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons have been a non-factor in the ACC for a while now. Every couple of years they crack the bottom end of the rankings but haven’t won their division since 2006. Wake Forest is a popular pick for a good year but they are far from a lock.

Tier 3 Teams: The Bottom Of The ACC Barrel

With only three teams left in the conference, the Tier 3 teams are the ones that college football betting fans should avoid at all costs.

No. 12 – Syracuse Orange (+17500)

The Syracuse Orange had a 10 win season in 2018 and in two years have managed to transform into a 10-loss team. Will the team have more than a single win? Most likely. But the odds that the team is competitive with any of their top opponents is low.

No 13 – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (+10000)

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket defense allowed an astounding 459.3 yards and 36.80 points per game last season. They are unlikely to improve too much which will result in a tough year for the team and their fans.

No. 14 – Duke Blue Devils (+20000)

David Cutcliffe is one of the most respected head coaches in all of college football but there’s a reason why the Duke Blue Devils have the longest odds to win the ACC of any team in the conference. The only real bright spot is their running back Deon Jackson, but if teams put nine guys in the box it’ll be tough for him to shine this year.

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