2012 ACC Champion Futures Odds & Predictions

by Scott

We’re going to begin our 2012 college football conference and division futures analysis with the ACC. We’re just a month away from the start of the college football season and bettors have had a lot of time to analyze teams they want to bet on. I’m going to start by posting the latest 2012 ACC Conference odds and then I’ll get into my analysis of each division. The odds below are from 5dimes, who more often than not have thebest college football lines available

2012 ACC Conference Champions Futures Betting Odds

TeamACC Conference OddsACC Atlantic Division OddsACC Coastal Division Odds
Florida State+120-210
Virginia Tech+300-105
Clemson+550+280
North CarolinaN/A+450
Georgia Tech+1500+550
Miami (FL)+1700+650
Virginia+1900+700
NC State+2100+925
Wake Forest+5000+1900
Boston College+7500+2500
Maryland+12500+3000
Duke+12500+3000

2012 ACC Atlantic Division Analysis & Predictions

  • Florida State Seminoles -210 (Last Season 9-4 Overall & 5-3 in Conference)

Florida State only went 5-3 in conference play last season, but they’re big favourites to win the ACC Atlantic Division. When you look at the depth charts in the ACC nobody can touch the Seminoles. Florida State returns most of their starters from 2011 and I expect big things from the Seminoles now that the team has had some time to play together.

Last season the Seminoles won games because of their defence. They only allowed an average of 15.1 PPG (4th Overall) and this year the defence should be just as good, which is scary for the Seminoles ACC opponents. The offence struggled throughout a lot of last season and only averaged 257 PYPG (33rd Overall), 112.2 RYPG (104th Overall) and 30.6 PPG (39th Overall).

QB EJ Manuel is a big part of how well the Seminoles will perform in the ACC. Last season he was consistent and at the end of the season he had 2666 passing yards, 18 TD’s and only 8 INT’s for a rating of 151.2. RB Freeman and both of the leading WR’s from last season (Greene & Smith) will also be back to help Manuel improve the offence this season.

  • Clemson Tigers +280 (Last Season 10-4 Overall & 6-2 in Conference)

Clemson Tigers won the ACC Atlantic Division last season, but that wasn’t necessarily because of the team’s talent. The pieces seemed to fall into place for the Tigers and they were also helped by the poor conference records of other teams. This season I have the Clemson Tigers regressing and they won’t be an early bet for me nor will I be betting their futures.

The Tigers should have a powerful offence, which will win them games again this season. The problem is when Clemson plays a team with offensive power their defence can’t hold up, which was evident in last year’s Orange Bowl. Clemson will have a new defensive coordinator in town this season, but the Tigers also lose several key defensive pieces and will be a work in progress.

Clemson scored an average of 33.6 PPG (24th Overall), but they allowed an average of 29.3 PPG (81st Overall). QB Tajh Boyd will be able to put up good numbers again and I expect RB Ellington to rush for 1000+ yards again. Clemson won’t win the division though and that’s simply because the defence won’t keep them in important games against ranked teams.

Other ACC Atlantic Conference Teams to Keep an Eye on in 2012

Wake Forest finished 2nd in the division last season after going 5-3 in the conference. Wake Forest played the conference tough, but they ended the season 6-7 overall and I don’t think they’ll be a top team in 2012. NC State is a team to watch out for in the ACC if their defence can play as good as last season (4th Overall Defence in ACC).

The other two teams in the ACC Atlantic Division include Boston College and Maryland. Boston College went 4-8 overall and 3-5 in conference play in 2011 while Maryland went 2-10 overall and 1-7 in conference play. The Eagles nor Terrapins are going to do anything in the ACC in 2012 and futures bet on either team would be like burning your money on fire.

  • Pick to win the ACC Atlantic Division – Florida State Seminoles at -210

2012 ACC Coastal Division Analysis & Predictions

  • Virginia Tech -105 (Last Season 11-3 Overall & 7-1 in Conference)

Virginia Tech is the team to beat in the ACC Coastal Division just like most years in recent history. The Hokies went 7-1 last year in conference play and they should be a great team again. The problem I have with the Hokies is that we simply don’t know what this team is going to be able to do on the field, as numerous starters from last season are gone.

The Hokies lose their leading rusher (Wilson) and both of their leading WR’s (Coale & Boykin) from 2011. QB Logan Thomas will be back and he has a ton of pressure on him. Thomas had nearly a 60% completion rate last season with 18 TD’s and 10 INT’s. If he can gel with the new offensive players during the summer the Hokies won’t be as bad as some analysts are predicting.

Despite losing most of their offence the defence didn’t lose nearly as much talent. The Hokies could be amongst the best team in college football when it comes to playing defence and that will help them win the ACC Coastal Division. In 2011 Virginia Tech only allowed 17.6 PPG (7th Overall) and it wouldn’t shock me to see them in the T5 in PPG allowed in 2012.

Other ACC Coastal Conference Teams to Watch Out for in 2012

After the favoured Hokies the rest of the ACC Coastal Division is bunched up closely. North Carolina at +450 is expected to keep up with the Hokies, but the offence on the Tar Heels worried me against top defences. The Tar Heels new coach (Fedora) will be able to help the offence improve, but the Tar Heels don’t have enough depth to keep up with the top teams.

Georgia Tech should compete for the ACC Coastal title and I like this team if their defence improves. Last season they lost a lot of games because their defence couldn’t stop much, but after a full season this defence should be better. Georgia Tech has one of the most exciting offences in the ACC and plenty of depth, so points shouldn’t be a problem for GT.

I honestly don’t think the other three teams will be in contentions for the title. Virginia surprised a lot of people by finishing 2nd in the division last season with a 5-3 conference record, but that was because of their superb defensive play. Miami (FL) is going to struggle this season and I also don’t think Duke will win many conference games, if any in 2012.

  • Pick to win the ACC Coastal Division – Virginia Tech Hokies -105

Early 2012 ACC Conference Champion Predictions

It’s hard to see the Florida State Seminoles losing the ACC Conference Championship in 2012. In college football you need to be careful of betting defensive teams, but I like the make-up of this Seminoles football team this season. The defence is going to be super tough to score on and will all of the main offensive starters back there is no excuse not to improve on offence.

Betting on the Seminoles to win the ACC Atlantic Division doesn’t offer a big enough payout. Even the Seminoles to win the ACC is only paying +120, but this is one of the best bets in the futures market this season. The Seminoles offence is going to be a lot better than most expect and we already know that the defence is going to be amongst the most feared in college football.

  • Pick to win the ACC Conference Championship – Florida State Seminoles +120
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