Clemson favored to win sixth straight ACC title
Why are Dabo and the Tigers such heavy favorites?
Clemson is the favorite because they're heads and tails better than anyone else, and they have one of the top players in the nation returning in quarterback Trevor Lawrence, also a top betting choice in the 2020 Heisman Trophy race as well.
Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers have been one of the most dominant teams in college football over the past five years, going 69-5 overall. (AP)
Their experience and coaching will have them battling for another league championship, as well as national title. They also were ranked with the No. 1 recruiting class in the ACC, and third-best in the national overall, so head coach Dabo Swinney just keeps reloading. In addition, the schedule for the Tigers isn't terribly daunting, although trips to Florida State and Notre Dame could be potential pitfalls.
ACC Championship Game Odds
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Clemson is listed as an odds-on 11/50 betting favorite to win its sixth straight ACC title game.
How to read Futures OddsAmerican: Clemson -800
Fractional: Clemson 1/8
Decimal: Clemson 1.13
Implied Probability: 88.9%
Bettors placing a $100 wager on Clemson would win $112.50, which includes your $100 stake. The Tigers are the largest favorites among the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, SEC) in college football.
Clemson is also a 5/2 betting favorite (Bet $100 to win $250) to win the College Football Playoff.
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Can anybody beat Clemson?
The Tigers will open the season as a decisive favorite on the road Sept. 12 against rival Wake Forest before playing host to the Citadel, Virginia, and Miami in three straight games in Death Valley. They'll be heavy favorites for each of those games, as well as an Oct. 17 trip to Georgia Tech for the fifth game of the season.
The second half of the schedule kicks off Oct. 24 against Syracuse, a team which has been a thorn in the paw of the Tigers for many years. The Orange were able to upend then-No. 2 Clemson at the Carrier Dome in Oct. 2017. The Tigers have a quick turnaround with a trip to South Bend in front of a national audience at Notre Dame on Nov. 7 is likely to be their biggest test of the season.
Clemson will hit the road to meet Florida State at Tallahassee on November 21, and that's a potential trouble spot if head coach Mike Norvell is able to piece things together in rather quick fashion with the Seminoles. Clemson is expected to be a favorite in all 12 of their regular-season games, and they'll likely be heavily favored in at least 10 of those outings.
The 2020 Win Total betting market was taken off the board due to the shortened schedules in college football this season. Listed below are the win totals prior to several conferences postponing their seasons.
ACC Win Totals
To no surprise, Clemson has the highest Win Total posted among the 14 ACC football schools at 11½ victories.
Clemson Tigers: Over 11½ -120 Under 11½ +100
Duke Blue Devils: Over 5½ +100 Under 5½ -120
Florida State Seminoles: Over 7½ -145 Under 7½ -115
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Over 3 +185 Under 3 -220
Louisville Cardinals: Over 7½ +105 Under 7½ -125
Miami-Florida Hurricanes: Over 9 -110 Under 9 -110
North Carolina Tar Heels: Over 8½ -110 Under 8½ -110
North Carolina State Wolfpack: Over 5 -115 Under 5 -105
Pittsburgh Panthers: Over 6½ -105 Under 6½ -115
Syracuse Orange: Over 5½ -120 Under 5½ +100
Virginia Cavaliers: Over 6½ -125 Under 6½ +105
Virginia Tech Hokies: Over 8 -115 Under 8 -105
Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Over 6½ +100 Under 6½ -120
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Even though the number doesn’t allow for mistakes, Clemson (Over 11½) looks like a great play. They'll be playing at least 10 of their games as decisive favorites, and most of those contests will be coming against unranked teams. Barring an injury to their QB, this team is poised to go 12-0 for the third consecutive season under Dabo.
Louisville (Over 7½) also appears to be a slam-dunk over play, as the team really jelled in the second-half of the 2019 season under head coach Scott Satterfield in 2019. They were able to post an impressive 5-3 conference mark. QB Micale Cunningham, RB Javian Hawkins and WR Tutu Atwell are high-end skill position players which will help the Cards put up plenty of points, and they have three starters returning up front, too.
If you're looking at an under wager, Virginia (Under 6½) could be the best play in the ACC. They'll start off with a neutral-site game against Georgia, which is likely to be a lopsided loss. The Cavaliers should put together wins against VMI and UConn in two home games as heavy favorites, but road games at Clemson and Virginia Tech will be problems, as are home games against solid Louisville, Miami, Fl. and North Carolina teams. A .500 mark would be a major accomplishment for the Hoos, who have one of the more daunting skeds in the league.
How do I bet Win Totals?
College Football Win Totals can be grouped into future wagers since you’re betting on the outcome of a school over the course of a season and its production. Oddsmakers set a number prior to the season on how many wins a team will finish with at the end of their regular season schedule.
The majority of college football teams play 12 games and Win Total wagers do not include postseason matchups. Those matchups include conference title contests, bowls or playoff games. Some sportsbooks have rules on these wagers where a team must play ‘all’ 12 regular season games or the wager is void. It’s not uncommon to see games postponed throughout the season due to weather in the United States.
After the number is set, you either bet ‘over’ or ‘under’ on the Win Total. The number of wins is created to get the most two-way action for over and under wagers and if the sportsbook believes one side will receive more action, they normally add a higher tax (juice) on that wager.
Example: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Under 3 (-220)
Instead of making Georgia Tech Under 3.5 or Under 4, the oddsmakers will make bettors lay $220 to win $100 for the Yellow Jackets to finish with records of 0-12, 1-11 or 2-10 to cash. If a team lands directly on the Win Total number set, then the bet is refunded and called in the industry as a push.
The 2020 "Game of the Year" betting market was taken off the board as four major college football conferences postponed their fall seasons. Listed below are the odds for the key matchups posted prior to those announcements.
ACC Game of the Year Odds
Game of the Year Odds in college football are easy to understand and it gives bettors the ability to place early wages on anticipated matchups for the upcoming college football season. Sportsbooks are currently offering point-spreads and money-line wagers for the Game of the Year odds and once you lock in your bet, that's the line you'll keep regardless of what happens between the time that you placeed the wager and up until kickoff.
The ACC currently has 28 games highlighted for bettors for the 2020 college football season, featuring both non-conference and conference matchups.
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2020 ACC Heisman Trophy Contenders
The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious individual award in college football and it's become a popular betting market. Prior to and during the regular season, oddsmakers open and adjust their numbers on the top contenders and some of the returns have been very generous.
The ACC has captured the Heisman Trophy twice in the last seven seasons and quarterbacks captured the hardware each year with Jameis Winston winning at Florida State in 2013 before Lamar Jackson of Louisville did so in 2016.
If the ACC wins the award again this Decemeber then the oddsmakers are looking at quarterbacks, including Clemson standout Trevor Lawrence at 5/1 odds (Bet $100 to win $500).
Odds to win 2020 Heisman Trophy(Position, ACC Player, School, Odds)
What is the ACC Championship?
The Atlantic Coast Conference is the postseason title game for the conference, and it is held on the first Saturday in December. The 12-team league was divided equally into two divisions of six teams each, with the best conference record in each division meeting for the title. In 2013, Pittsburgh and Syracuse joined before Louisville filled the void of Maryland in 2014, who left for the Big Ten in the same year. The conference is broken up into the Coastal and Atlantic divisins, seven teams in each. Every December, the top teams from the from those divisions in the ACC meet in the championship game.
Clemson (6), Florida State (4), Virginia Tech (3) are the only schools to have multiple championships, while FSU (2012-14) and Clemson (2015-19) are the only winners in three or more consecutive seasons. In the first 15 ACC title games, the the Atlantic Division champion has nine titles, and the Coastal Division champion has five titles.
2020 ACC Championship
ACC Championship Game Betting Odds History
Favorites have dominated the ACC title game through the first 15 installments, going 12-2 straight up. Two of the upsets came in the first two ACC championships. The inaugural game was played in 2005 with Virginia Tech entering the game as a two-touchdown favorite against Florida State. Things didn't exactly go according to play for Frank Beamer and the Hokies, as the Seminoles paid off handsomely with a 27-22 outright victory. The following season, the underdog came through again, with Wake Forest winning an ugly 9-6 slugfest over Georgia Tech.
For against the spread (ATS) purposes, favorites have gone 9-6 versus the point-spread. Total bettors have seen quality back-and-forth results with the 'over' going 8-7 since 2005.