2014 College Football: ACC Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses
Predicting Who Wins The ACC
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Here I will breakdown the odds of each team to win the ACC during the 2014 college football season. I will also provide three teams that you should consider backing to win the ACC given the value.
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These are three teams you should consider when handicapping this prop.
Miami Hurricanes – I am going to make so much money on the Hurricanes this season simply because they’re an undervalued team. You can get Miami at +1400 to win the ACC, which is a hell of a bargain. The Hurricanes are going to have one of the best offenses in the country this season with a healthy Duke Johnson and Dallas Crawford at running back. Stacey Coley also provides a major spark at wide receiver. All Miami needs is a quarterback who can manage the game and give the ball to these playmakers. Defensively, Miami has shown signs of improvement and returns seven starters on that side of the ball. The Canes also get Florida State at home. Don’t be surprised if Miami is playing for the conference title, and at that point you will have hedging opportunities as well.
Virginia Tech Hokies – Few teams have been as consistent as Virginia Tech over the years, and you better believe it will have a chance to win a wide open Coastal Division. Virginia Tech returns seven starters on the offensive side of the ball, which means it really only needs to find a quarterback to get the ball rolling. The Hokies have their top three receivers returning and most of their offensive line. Defensively, Bud Foster is one of the best in the business and should be able to mold a solid, young group into a contender, especially with the fact the secondary will be one of the best in the ACC. Virginia Tech doesn’t have to play Florida State and gets Miami at home. Odds of +1200 look pretty tasty.
North Carolina Tar Heels – Having all three teams that you should take a chance on in the Coastal Division should tell you just how wide open that side of the conference is. North Carolina returns 15 starters, which is tied for most in the ACC. The Tar Heels have a great running back tandem in T.J. Logan and Elijah Hood, while Marquise Williams should thrive with a second season at quarterback. Defensively, the Tar Heels are a team that improved as the season went on and still has room to get better with eight starters returning. The Tar Heels were one of the better teams in the ACC by forcing 21 turnovers last season. Overall, North Carolina has players in place to be a sneaky team this season and odds of +1000 provides terrific value.
As for the rest of the pack:
Florida State Seminoles – You’d be a fool to take the Seminoles at odds of -350. Sure, Florida State should win this conference but there’s no value here whatsoever.
Louisville Cardinals – I have no clue why Louisville is considered the second favorite with odds of +900. The Cardinals lost their star quarterback and their head coach, and don’t really have the athletes who can go toe-to-toe with an improved ACC. Avoid this team and pick against them in week 1. You’re welcome.
Clemson Tigers – Clemson is still going to be a threat due to solid recruiting, but it’s being undervalued with odds of +1000. Clemson lost a ton of its explosive offense and still has questions defensively. If the odds were a little higher I may have bitten. Now? No thanks.
Duke Blue Devils – Duke lost its offensive coordinator and had its shot last season. At the end of the day, the Blue Devils don’t have enough to consistently compete in a tough football conference. You can keep odds of +2200.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – There’s always potential to make money off of Georgia Tech because it’s usually doubted throughout the season. However, the Yellow Jackets aren’t winning the ACC with a predictable offense and a questionable defense. Watch the game lines, but avoid the odds of +3000 to win the ACC.
Boston College Eagles – Boston College is now lost without its workhorse in running back Andre Williams. Odds of +25000 look sweet, but it doesn’t mean much when there’s no chance.
Pittsburgh Panthers – Pittsburgh has to find a new quarterback, figure out a running game and lost its top defensive player in Aaron Donald. Not to mention the Panthers have to play North Carolina and Miami on the road. Odds of +4600 don’t do this team justice.
Virginia Cavaliers – Virginia does return 15 starters from a year ago but that’s from a team that was 111th in the country in points scored and 99th in points allowed. Yeah. No thanks. Tell oddmakers to keep their odds of +6000.
North Carolina State Wolfpack – North Carolina State was winless in the ACC last season. So while the Wolfpack do return 15 starters, odds of +15000 aren’t good enough for me to bite.
Syracuse Orange – Syracuse has to play Notre Dame, Florida State and Louisville back-to-back-to-back. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? No chance even with odds of +10000.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Wake Forest has to play Florida State, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Clemson. The Demon Deacons also return starters from an offense that ranked 117th in points scored. Don’t even bother with the odds of +25000.