2021 Football Preview – ACC Handicapping
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College Football is close approaching, so let me break down the ACC and teams to watch out for in that conference. Clemson has won this conference the last 6 seasons and in each of those years, there was nobody really close to them.
Once again, the Tigers are your betting favorite to win the ACC. Clemson is getting a lot of talk which is obviously deserved, but there are other teams that should be mentioned as well, such as Miami and North Carolina.
There are a lot of questions that have popped into my head about the Atlantic Coast Conference. First off, how will the Clemson function without 1st overall pick Trevor Lawrence. Dj Uiagalelei showed promise last year in a small sample size when Lawrence was out due to COVID-19. He definitely showed he can hang in the pocket and throw, but it will be interesting to see what he does in a full year. He will certainly have big shoes to fill. Also, will this be the year that someone other than Clemson can be the Champion of this conference? Many people are very high on North Carolina and their quarterback Sam Howell. The same can be said about the Miami Hurricanes and their quarterback D’Eriq King. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
2021 ACC Conference Predictions Value Bet: Miami +1000
A lot of people are high on this Hurricanes team for the 2021 season. I like the kind of program they have built and I feel they can definitely have a strong season this year. They would not be my first pick to win this thing, but I cannot write them out.
Last year, the Canes went 8-3. It was a good step in the right direction and they will look to build off of that during this campaign.
The best part of this team is their offense. There are very high expectations for quarterback D’Eriq King. He is a very talented player and I think he has the chance to put up good numbers. Miami has a lot of playmakers on offense, so I do feel they will find success on that side of the ball this year. The main question for this team is the defense and I am honestly not sure how the unit will perform this year. Yes, they will likely score a lot of points, but they still have to have the ability to stop other teams.
2021 SEC Conference Predictions Best Pick: Clemson -800
Yes, I know it is the obvious pick and Clemson is the best team in the conference and one of the best in the country. Sure, there are other schools that offer much better value than -800, but I am not at all that confident with those teams to win the ACC Title Game.
The Tigers do not have to play to the 2 teams that are closest to dethroning them, Miami or North Carolina. This is definitely an advantage for the Tigers. Their whole schedule is quite favorable and I do not see them losing a regular season game.
The defense returns lots of key players and I think they will have another impressive season. Yes, there are other good teams in the conference, but they are not close to the talent of Clemson.
2021 ACC Conference Predictions: Long Shot Bet: Georgia Tech +7500
Not many are talking about Georgia Tech and that should not come as a surprise. They were a 3-7 team last year, but there is a chance they could make improvements this year. Coach Geoff Collins will look to have more success with his team for the 2021 campaign. Quarterback Jeff Sims showed some promise, but he also struggled quite a bit as a freshman. I look for him to be a little more crisp in year 2 in this system.
It looks like the oddsmakers also agree that this team is a long shot given their odds to win the ACC. Look, I think it is highly unlikely that the Yellow Jackets win the conference and I am not going to bet them, but I cannot overlook the value they have at +7500. If you do bet them, you hope they can somehow win the Coastal and get hot during the championship game.
2021 ACC Conference Predictions Bad Bet: VA Tech +3000
I understand the value that a team like Virginia Tech has at +3000, but I just do think it is a smart bet to make because I give them no chance to win this conference. They need improvements in many areas before they can be considered a team that will contend for the ACC title. Coach Fuente and his staff will have to do a much better job at recruiting before they turn into a team that could win the ACC.
The schedule that they have to play is no easy one. The first game of the year is against one of the better teams in the conference, North Carolina. Some other tough ones include hosting Notre Dame, and road dates with Virginia and Miami. I do not see things going well for the Hokies in those games, but maybe they can surprise me.
They went 5-6 during the 2020 season. Of course they are trying to build on that but I just have a hard time seeing that happen.
2021 SEC Conference Futures Betting Odds
- Clemson -800
- North Carolina +900
- Miami +1000
- NC State +2000
- Virginia Tech +3000
- Louisville +3000
- Florida State +3000
- Virginia +4000
- Pitt +6000
- Boston College +6000
- Georgia Tech +7500
- Wake Forest +10000
- Syracuse +15000
- Duke +15000
2021 ACC Conference Predictions: Money on Clemson and Miami (Bet Now at any of our Reviewed Online Sportsbooks!)
Many are wondering if this is the year where somebody takes town Clemson in the title game. I do not see it happening, but it would be a great story if it did.
There are a lot of talented quarterbacks in this conference, but the one who I feel is poised for a great year is UNC QB Sam Howell. He has been very impressive in his first 2 years with this program and I look for him to play even better this year. I could see an ACC title game between Clemson and North Carolina. I would still pick the Tigers, but I do feel UNC could make it interesting.
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