College Football 2018 ACC Championship Odds: Clemson Tigers Betting Favorite

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant (2) passes in the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football bowl game against Alabama, in New Orleans. In a conference in which the only new head coach wasted no time getting comfortable in his new position and Louisville developed a replacement for its only Heisman Trophy winner, the main subplot revolved around the seemingly secure QBs who are trying to keep their jobs. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)
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The Clemson Tigers have been the class of the Atlantic Coast Conference over the past three years, winning the league's championship game each time during that stretch, including twice with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson under center.

Now it looks like senior Kelly Bryant will get his chance to follow in Watson's footsteps and win the title game in consecutive years, as Clemson is a strong -183 favorite (bet $183 to win $100) on the 2018 ACC championship odds to take home the title for the fourth time in a row at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

There had been some questions regarding whether Bryant would be the starter for the second-ranked Tigers this season because of the emergence of freshman Trevor Lawrence as his potential replacement. Regardless, Clemson remains loaded on both offense and defense and justifiably also sits as a larger favorite to win the conference's Atlantic Division for the fourth straight year at -315.

Clemson's opener against the Furman Paladins is set for September 1 at Memorial Stadium.

The second and third choices to win the ACC are much more debatable between the Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles at +650 (bet $100 to win $650) and +925, respectively.

The Seminoles were actually favored to win the conference a year ago before seeing starting quarterback Deondre Francois go down with a season-ending knee injury in their first game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Francois, a junior, was a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate before giving way to James Blackman, who is expected to lead Florida State's offense again as a sophomore.

Besides the Tigers, the Hurricanes are the only other team from the conference ranked in the Top 10 at No. 8, and they are also favored to win the ACC Coastal Division at +115 over the Virginia Tech Hokies (+275). Miami head coach Mark Richt enters his third year at his alma mater and has rebuilt the program into a national championship contender again.

The Hokies appear to be their lone competition for the division title, and they are the +1500 fourth choice to win the conference championship game.

     

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