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The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the season with a new member, the Louisville Cardinals replacing the departed Maryland Terrapins. Wake Forest will kick things off with a trip to Louisiana-Monroe Thursday night.

Team SU Conference  ATS Over/Under
Boston College 7-6 4-4 7-6 8-5
Clemson 11-2 7-1 7-6 8-5
Duke 10-4 6-2 11-3 6-8
Florida State 14-0 8-0 11-3 10-4
Georgia Tech 7-6 5-3 5-7-1 8-5
Louisville 12-1 7-1 (in AAC) 6-7 3-10
Miami (Fla.) 9-4 5-3 5-8 7-6
North Carolina 7-6 4-4 8-5 4-9
North Carolina State 3-9 0-8 4-8 6-6
Virginia 2-10 0-8 5-6-1 9-3
Virginia Tech 8-5 5-3 4-8-1 5-7-1
Wake Forest 4-8 2-6 5-7 3-9

Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe (Thursday - ESPNU, 7:00 p.m. ET)
These two teams met in Winston-Salem last year, with ULM coming away with a 21-19 SU win and cover. Both teams will be breaking in new quarterbacks. Wake's front seven is decimated by graduation, where they are replacing five starters. ULM, on the other hand, allowed 426.8 yards per game last season, but they have key pieces back. The slight edge on defense might go to the WarHawks. This game could feature some sloppy offensive production early as inexperienced players get their feet wet. The 'under' is 16-7 over the past two seasons for Wake.

UCLA at Virginia (ESPN, 12:00 p.m. ET)
UCLA QB Brett Hundley put off the NFL for one more season, returning to Pasadena with unfinished business. He should get things off on a good foot in Charlottesville, as the Cavaliers are 2-9-1 ATS in their past 12 non-conference games, and just 7-15-2 ATS over the past two season. Meanwhile, the Bruins are 4-0 ATS in their past four forays outside of the Pac-12. The bright spot for UVA is RB Kevin Parks, who ran for 1,031 yards and 11 scores, but he might be a non-factor if UCLA builds a big lead as expected. They're better than a three-touchdown favorite.

Clemson at Georgia (ESPN, 5:30p.m. ET)

One of the two marquee games of the weekend in the ACC takes place in Athens, and if it is half as entertaining as last season's 38-35 Clemson win in Death Valley, then everyone will be happy. Head coach Dabo Swinney turns to QB Col Stoudt, who takes over for departed QB Tajh Boyd. WR Sammy Watkins is also gone, so it will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Chad Morris uses his news parts. The Tigers are 8-3 ATS over the past 11 road games, but that was with an experienced offensive core. UGA is 10-4-1 ATS over its past 15 against ACC opponents, including last year's battle. UGA was just 2-3-1 ATS in six games at home last season, and they too break in a new QB after Aaron Murray left for the NFL. Covering seven-and-a-hook might be daunting task. The 'under' is also 5-1 in Clemson's past six against SEC foes.

Florida State vs Oklahoma State (ABC, 8:00 p.m. ET)
The other marquee game of the weeekend in the ACC will kick off in AT&T Stadium in Dallas, with defending Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and the national champion Seminoles meeting Oklahoma State. These two sides haven't met since the 1985 season. FSU is a healthy favorite, but they'll need to figure out how to replace departed WR Kelvin Benjamin. FSU is favored by at least 17 points across the board, and they seem to rise to the occasion in neutral-site games. They're 12-3-1 ATS on a neutral field over their past 16. The 'under' is also 6-0 in FSU's past six neutral-site battles, including last season's ACC Championship and national title game.

Miami, Fla. at Louisville (Monday - ESPN, 8:00 p.m.)
These two sides met in the Russell Athletic Bowl last season, with the Cardinals embarrassing the Canes by a 36-9 score. Both teams are replacing long-time starting QBs, and this is now an official conference game, too. True freshman QB Brad Kaaya takes the reins under center for Miami, while head coach Bobby Petrino turns to QB Will Gardner. The new Cards QB has the benefit of WR DeVante Parker (foot) in the receiving game, although he suffered a foot injury last week and that's worth keeping an eye on. The Cards are a field-goal favorite, and they're 13-3 ATS in their past 16 conference games while Miami is 1-6 ATS in their past seven in conference.

Other ACC teams in action
Villanova at Syracuse (*Friday - 7:30 p.m. ET )
Delaware at Pittsburgh (12:00 p.m. ET)
Wofford at Georgia Tech (12:30 p.m. ET)
William & Mary at Virginia Tech (ESPNews, 4:00 p.m. ET)
Elon at Duke (6:00 p.m. ET)
Liberty at North Carolina (6:00 p.m. ET)

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