Last season the ACC produced the number one team in the nation, the winner of the final BCS Championship Game, Florida State. This season, the ACC has the consensus number one team in the nation to start the season and it is once again Florida State.
It makes sense that Florida State is a big favorite to win the ACC Conference. Does anybody else in the conference have a shot against the mighty Seminoles? Click here for full ACC Atlantic conference odds.
2014 College Football Odds to Win the ACC Atlantic
Florida State Seminoles -350
The Seminoles should win the ACC Atlantic Division easily. The only team that they face in the division that has any shot against them is Clemson.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) August 17, 2014
Louisville Cardinals +900
Without Charlie Strong coaching this squad, their chances of winning the ACC Atlantic aren’t very good. The team might be good, but Strong’s leadership was what made this squad what it was.
Virginia Tech Hokies +1200
They’ve got a great shot to run the table in the ACC Costal Division. VA Tech should be improved and figures to be the one team that FSU might fear in the ACC Championship Game.
Clemson Tigers +1000
For some reason, they’re bigger than underdogs to beat Louisville. If they thump Georgia in Athens in Week 1, then they might be tough when they face FSU a few weeks later.
Clemson 16th in preseason ap poll, same ranking as USA Today
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 17, 2014
Duke Blue Devils +2200
Unless football turns into basketball, Duke won’t win the ACC Conference in 2014.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +3000
See the note on Duke.
Boston College Eagles +25000
Not sure if Boston College is considering closing their football program down just like Hofstra did a few years ago. They might want to if they haven’t considered it.
North Carolina Tar Hells+1000
They could surprise because they’re a decent team, but winning the ACC? That’s just asking too much, isn’t it?
Pittsburgh Panthers +3300
The odds are right. Pittsburgh will be okay and they could upset some favored teams in games, but they’re not on the level of the favorites. Not even close.
Virginia Cavaliers +6000
After UCLA beats them by 40 in an early non-conference game, the odds should drift to +8000.
Miami-FL has an outside shot to upset the Hokies in the ACC Coastal Conference. The problem with Miami-FL is that the program doesn’t appear to have taken a big enough stride last season to beat Clemson or FSU.
North Carolina State Wolfpack +15000
The Wolfpack plays Florida State and Clemson in back-to-back weeks. That should end any dreams they have of winning the ACC.
Syracuse Orange +10000
It’s difficult to see the Orange doing anything close to challenging for the ACC Conference. Just beating North Carolina State and Wake Forest could be a struggle.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons +25000
Wake Forest has a very good offense but a terrible, horrific, defense. That’s going to be the issue. Florida State and Clemson can play both offense and defense.
ACC Championship Game Prediction: Florida State vs. Virginia Tech
Florida State may not cover the 17 points that they’re favored by when they play Clemson during the regular season, but they will win the contest and march into the ACC Championship Game versus the Virginia Tech Hokies.
In a game between the two, Florida State definitely has the upper-hand. Not only does FSU boast the defending Heisman Trophy Winner at QB, but they’re a better defensive squad than VA Tech. Florida State should win the game and look to win their second straight National Championship as the number one seed in the College Football Playoffs.
Pick: Florida State Seminoles