Florida State owned the ACC in the 1990′s and early 2000′s, but Clemson’s 2011 league title extended the Seminoles championship drought to six years. Florida State ended its skid last season, though, with a 21-15 win over Georgia Tech in the conference championship game. The odds makers at CarbonSports.ag expect the Seminoles success to continue this year as they are a +125 favorite to win the league in the latest 2013 ACC Championship Odds. The aforementioned Tigers are a close second choice at +200 odds while Virginia Tech and Miami are drawing +600 odds to win the ACC Championship. Boston College and Wake Forest are considered the two least likely ACC champions; each school is drawing +10000 to win the league.
Florida State Seminoles (+125): The Seminoles went 7-1 in conference play last year and they finished 12-2 overall thanks to their ACC Championship win over Georgia Tech and Orange Bowl pasting of Northern Illinois. FSU did lose some big pieces over the spring, including quarterback E.J. Manuel, leading rusher Chris Thompson, and top pass rusher Bjoern Werner, but there is still an immense talent pool in Tallahassee. Jimbo Fisher has 48 lettermen back and he has a highly recruited dual-threat quarterback in Jameis Winston ready to step in under center.
Clemson Tigers (+200): Like Florida State, Clemson posted a 7-1 league record last season, but, unfortunately for Tigers fans, the team’s lone conference loss came against the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Clemson welcomes FSU to Death Valley this year, which should make the chase for the Atlantic Division title an interesting one. With Tajh Boyd still commanding the Tigers offense, it would be foolhardy to dismiss Clemson’s championship chances.
Virginia Tech Hokies (+600): The Hokies won three league titles between 2007 and 2010, and they appeared in the conference championship game in 2011; however, last year was a major disappointment. Virginia Tech had a string of eight consecutive double digit win seasons snapped as it finished up a lackluster 7-6. Given Frank Beamer’s history, there is hope in Blacksburg that Virginia Tech can get back on track this year. The Hokies defense, with nine starters back from last season’s solid unit, should give it a decent chance.
Miami Hurricanes (+600): Miami produced another pedestrian record last season (7-5), but nine or 10 wins seems like a realistic possibility this year. Al Golden welcomes back 18 starters and 53 lettermen from last year’s unit; however, the Hurricanes do travel to North Carolina and Florida State, which means home meetings with Florida and Virginia Tech are critical if they are to reach double digits in regular season wins.
2013 ACC Championship Odds: Provided by CarbonSports.ag
Florida State +125
Virginia Tech +600
North Carolina +1000
Georgia Tech +1800
North Carolina State +5000
Wake Forest +10000
Boston College +10000