College Football Betting Trends- Week 1 Matchups in the ACC
The start of a new college football season is just six weeks away and to get you ready for all the action on opening day, BetOnline has released its opening lines for all the games on Week 1’s slate. This week, College Betting Trends decided to take a closer look at some of the key matchups in the ACC.
The first game that jumps off the page is a ACC/SEC clash between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the South Carolina Gamecocks on Thursday, Aug. 29. The Tar Heels have been opened as 12-point road underdogs for this game. The last time these two met was in 2007 with South Carolina coming away with a 21-15 victory as a seven-point road favorite. North Carolina went just 2-4 against the spread in its last six games in 2012 while winning four of the games straight-up. The Gamecocks won their last five games of the season SU while going 2-3 ATS.
The next game of interest pits the Miami Hurricanes against the Florida Atlantic Owls as 31.5-point home favorites in an in-state clash on Friday, Aug. 30. The expectations are running high for Miami this season as a +550 third-favorite to win the ACC title this season. It went 5-3 SU last season in conference play and 7-5 overall. The Hurricanes proved to be very profitable to wager on done the stretch last season with an 8-1 record ATS in their last nine games.
The Clemson Tigers have been opened as +225 co-favorites to win the ACC this season after going an impressive 7-1 SU in conference play and 11-2 SU overall last season. They will have their hands full on opening day with the SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs coming to town on Saturday, Aug.31 in a nationally televised game on ABC. The Tigers have been opened as two-point favorites for this inter-conference showdown. Clemson went 9-4 ATS last season but it was just 4-4 ATS in eight games at home. Georgia went 12-2 SU in 2012. It was 8-6 ATS overall but a profitable 6-1 ATS in its final seven games of the year.
The other co-favorite to win the ACC title this season at +225 is the Florida State Seminoles. They finished 7-1 SU in conference play last year and earned the tie-breaker in the Atlantic Division over Clemson as a result of a Week 4 victory over the Tigers by the score of 49-37. The Seminoles went on to win the 2012 ACC title by beating Georgia Tech 21-15 in the conference championship game. They will start this season on the road against one of the newest members of the ACC, the Pittsburgh Panthers as 10.5-point favorites in a special Labor Day matchup on Monday, and Sept.2 that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Florida State comes into this season a bit depleted of talent on both sides of the ball from last year’s squad but still more than capable of making a run to this year’s ACC title. Pittsburgh went just 6-7 SU overall and 3-4 SU in its final season in the Big East, but you can rest assured that it will be looking to make a splash in the first game in its new conference.
Some of the other opening-day games for teams in the ACC include the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at home against Division IAA Elon and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at home against Conference-USA’s Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. The Virginia Tech Hokies will square-off against the No.1 team in the country on Saturday, Aug. 31 when they play Alabama at the Georgia Dome in a nationally televised contest on ESPN. They have been opened as 18.5-point underdogs for this ACC/SEC clash.
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