College Football Betting Trends- 2013 Futures Odds to Win the ACC
The countdown to the start of the 2013 college football season is on and BetOnline is helping you get a jump on all the action in all the Majors by releasing its futures odd to win this season’s conference title. The following is a look at a few of the contenders to win it all in the ACC.
ACC Atlantic Division
The team at the top of the list to not only win the ACC Atlantic Division but the conference title as well is the Clemson Tigers. They have been opened as prohibitive -140 favorites to win the division and as +175 favorites to win the ACC. The Tigers come into this season fresh off an 11-2 campaign in 2012 that included a 7-1 record in conference play. A Week 4 road loss to Florida State proved to be enough to keep them out of the ACC title game so circle October 19 on your calendar for this season when they clash at Clemson.
The Tigers return seven starters on each side of the ball from last year’s squad including quarterback Tajh Boyd on offense and the bulk of their line on defense. Boyd threw for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns last season while completing 67.2 percent of his passes. He was also the team’s second leading rusher with 514 yards and he added another 10 touchdowns on the ground. Clemson’s defense finished the 2012 season ranked 48th in the nation in points allowed (24.8).
The Florida State Seminoles went on to win the ACC in 2012 and ended the year 12-2 after crushing Northern Illinois 31-10 in the Orange Bowl. It has been opened as second-favorites to win the Atlantic Division at +110 and third-favorites to win the conference at +225.
A good deal of talent is gone from last year’s team especially on defense with just four starters back. Quarterback EJ Manual has moved on to the NFL so look for junior Clint Trickett to take his place. Wide receiver Rashad Greene is back after leading the Seminoles in receptions (57) and total receiving yards (741).
Things drop-off dramatically from there in the Atlantic with North Carolina State listed as the third-favorite at +900. Boston College is fourth at +2000 followed by new comer Syracuse and Wake Forest at +2600 and Maryland at +7500.
ACC Coastal Division
After serving a one-year ban from postseason play due to NCAA violations, the Miami Hurricanes will be looking to make up for lost time as +100 favorites to win the Coastal Division and +215 second-favorites to win the conference. The Hurricanes tied North Carolina for the best record in the division last year at 5-3 and they went 7-5 overall.
What makes Miami so attractive to bettors at these odds is the fact that the bulk of last year’s team returns with all 11 starters on offense and nine starters back on defense. Look for quarterback Stephen Morris to have a breakout season after throwing for 3,345 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2012. He will have his favorite target back as well in wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who pulled down 58 balls for 842 yards and four touchdowns. The Hurricanes’ defense will need to tighten things up to make a run at a title after allowing an average of 30.5 points a game last year.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are also coming off NCAA sanctions that kept them out of the postseason last year. They head into the 2013 season as +190 second-favorites end up on top in the Coastal standings and are listed at +400 to win the ACC. The Tar Heels won three of their last four games down the stretch in 2012 to finish 5-3 in ACC play and 8-4 overall.
North Carolina lost half its starters on offense from last year’s team but it has high expectations that quarterback Bryn Renner will be able to move the offense even with all these new faces around him. He completed 65.4 percent of his passes for 3,356 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2012. AJ Blue should be the lead back in the running game after backing up Giovani Bernard last year. The Tar Heels return just seven starters from a defense that allowed 25.7 points a game.
Virginia Tech won just four conference games last season and finished a disappointing 7-6 overall. The Hokies have been opened as +300 third-favorites to win the Coastal Division and at +600 to win the conference. Georgia Tech is listed at +600 to win the division followed by another ex-Big East team Pittsburgh at +1200. Virginia is listed at +2000 to win the division and Duke is double that at +4000.
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