Clemson is not the favorite to win the ACC.
Those are words you haven’t read in quite a well — or 2017 to be exact.
That’s the last time somebody other than the Tigers were the oddsmakers’ first team listed in chances to win the conference. Who was picked in 2017? The same team that’s on top of Betonline.com’s list that came out Wednesday: Florida State.
The Seminoles are +160 to win the 2023 title in the ACC, which is going away from divisions this fall.
Clemson comes in right behind FSU at +190. After that, there’s a significant drop with North Carolina at +600.
Dabo Swinney’s Tigers have won the conference championship seven out of the last eight seasons, including 2017 when they were picked behind the Seminoles. The only season Clemson didn’t take home the title during that span was in 2020.
FSU, which hasn’t won the league title since 2014, enters this season with a ton of hype and a higher projected win total than Clemson. Time will tell if it’s justified, as the Tigers have beaten their ACC rival seven consecutive times and host the Seminoles, who went 10-3 in 2022, on Sept. 23.
Those two teams could meet twice in 2023.
Louisville is the fourth team listed on Betonline at +1000, followed by NC State (+1200), Miami (+1800), and Pittsburgh (+2200). Duke, which hosts the Tigers on Labor Day night to start the season, is at +3300. Wake Forest is listed at +4000 with Syracuse at +5000.
Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech are all tied at +10000.
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