NCAA Football 2012 Conference Betting Previews- ACC
As far as the 2012 football season, the ACC will remain the same with six teams in the Atlantic Division and six in the Coastal Division. The following is a betting preview for each of the divisions along with each team’s current odds to win them as provided by Bovada.
The toast of this division and the entire conference for that matter in 2012 is the Florida State Seminoles. Starting with Bobby Bowden’s final season at the helm and Jimbo Fisher’s first two years as the new head coach, Florida State has been working hard to reestablish itself as a national power. This may be the season it all comes together with 18 starters returning from last year’s 9-4 squad. The Oddsmakers are certainly bullish on the Seminoles’ chances to be one of the top teams in the country this season. They have been opened at 12/1 to win a national title with only four other schools having lower odds. Florida State is a prohibitive 1/2 favorite to win the Atlantic Division and a 1/1 favorite to win the conference.
The second-favorite in the Atlantic Division is the Clemson Tigers at 11/4. The defending conference champions return seven starters on each side of the ball including junior quarterback Tajh Boyd, which should give them an excellent chance to reach last season’s 10-win total. The Tigers are the third-favorite at 5/1 to win the ACC and are listed at 33/1 to win a national title.
The odds to win the conference for the other four teams in the Atlantic are North Carolina State at 9/1, Wake Forest at 16/1, Boston College at 22/1, and Maryland at 30/1.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have been perennial favorites to win their division and this year is no exception at 10/11 odds. They are second-favorites to win the ACC at 3/1 and listed at 30/1 to win a national title. Frank Beamer’s squad returns nine starters on defense, but it will have a whole new look on offense with just three starters returning from last season’s 11-3 campaign. The Hokies are hoping that sophomore tailback Daniel Dyer will be able to step-up to fill the huge void left by the departure of David Wilson to the NFL, but it is highly doubtful that Virginia Tech’s rushing offense will be able to average the 186.9 yards it did in 2011. It will also have to find a way to fill a huge hole in the defensive secondary with the loss of cornerback Jayron Hosely, who is also headed to the NFL.
The team waiting in the wings should the Hokies falter is the Miami Hurricanes at 9/2. They are the fourth-favorites to win the conference at 9/1 and 75/1 longshots to win a BCS title. The Hurricanes are coming off a disappointing 6-6 record in 2011 in which they were actually under .500 in conference play at 3-5. They will have plenty of new faces in the starting lineup on both sides of the ball with just 11 starters returning from last year’s team. One of the new faces to watch in Miami’s offensive backfield will be junior quarterback Stephen Morris, who replaces the departed Jacory Harris.
The Football odds to win the division for the rest of the teams in the Coastal are North Carolina at 11/2, Georgia Tech at 6/1, Virginia at 13/2, and Duke at 30/1.
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