ACC Football Betting Preview: Florida State Favored to Dominate

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2014

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2014, file photo, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, left, and quarterback Jameis Winston (5) pose for a photo during their NCAA college football media day in Tallahassee, Fla. Fisher may be the pre-eminent quarterback coach in college football. He has had eight quarterbacks drafted to the NFL since 2001, works with reigning Heisman winner Jamies Winston and two of his former Seminole disciples are expected to start for other major college programs this year. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
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Following their perfect 14-0 season a year ago, the Florida State Seminoles are once again heavy online betting favorites, with odds of 1-3 to capture their third straight Atlantic Coast Conference title and 11-2 odds to claim their second straight national championship.

The Seminoles were a dominant force a year ago, only once allowing more than 17 points in a game while extending the team’s undefeated streak to 16 games dating back to November of 2012. Florida State’s national championship futures odds of 11-2 are a slight improvement over the 13-2 odds they sported prior to last season, when they trailed favorites USC, Alabama and LSU in NCAA Football betting odds.

This year, the Seminoles were deadlocked in NCAA Football futures betting with Alabama before made them 4-1 favorites earlier Wednesday (Bama was 5-1). Alabama had been expected to be Florida State’s opponent in the national championship game before they were upset in overtime by Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl.

Two teams trail the Seminoles in ACC futures wagering, each with odds of 10-1. The Clemson Tigers capped a strong 2013 season with a 40-35 win over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers’ 11-2 record (7-1 in the conference) likely would have been good enough to challenge for the top spot in just about any other NCAA Football conference.

The Louisville Cardinals make their ACC debut in 2014, also with odds of 10-1 to win the conference. The Cardinals capped a relatively easy 12-1 season in the American Atlantic Conference with a 36-9 victory over Miami (FL) in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Joining Clemson and Louisville at 12-1, the North Carolina Tar Heels rebounded to finish 7-6 following a brutal 1-5 start to their 2013 season, earning a berth in the Belk Bowl, where they defeated Cincinnati 39-17.

The Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Tech Hokies come next in ACC futures betting, with odds of 12-1, followed by the Duke Blue Devils at 20-1, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 25-1 and Pittsburgh Panthers at 40-1.

The Syracuse Orange and Virginia Cavaliers are pegged as the best of the worst in ACC football online betting with odds of 66-1, followed by the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 100-1 and the Boston College Eagles and Wake Forest Demon Deacons at odds of 200-1. Wake is the first ACC team in action Thursday as they visit UL-Monroe as small road dogs.

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