The ACC is lacking in depth this season, as there are just two main favorites to win the conference championship in 2023. But there have been plenty of surprises over the last couple of years in this league, and we could always find another this year. Here, we look at the ACC championship betting landscape and determine which teams have the best chance to overcome the college football betting odds to win this league and make a run at the College Football Playoff.
ACC Football Championship Odds Preview
The two favorites to win the ACC early this season are the Clemson Tigers and Florida State Seminoles. Clemson won the ACC a season ago, beating Pitt in the championship game, with Cade Klubnik leading the Tigers to a blowout win on that stage. But Klubnik struggled to open this season, with Clemson dropping an early conference game against Duke. Now the Tigers can’t afford to lose again if they want to win this conference or make the College Football Playoff.
As for Florida State, the Seminoles are surrounded by more hype than they have in a long time. Jordan Travis is in the middle of his sixth season of college football, and he is one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy this year. Florida State beat LSU in non-conference play already, and they now look like legitimate playoff contenders, and deserved favorites in the ACC.
After the Tigers and Seminoles, only a couple of teams are being given even a slight chance of winning the ACC this year. Miami has looked good early on, while North Carolina and Duke are off to strong starts of their own. Those three teams could have trouble once they run into Florida State later in the year, but they are certainly in the race for now.
There are no longer divisions in the ACC, as the conference got rid of them given the number of teams in the league at this point. As a result, we could end up getting the Florida State vs Clemson matchup we all want to see in the conference title game. But that could also lead to some chaos, as the lack of rigid division standings could result in both favorites failing to make the conference title game if they drop some games in league play.
ACC Conference Football Betting & Handicapping
Clemson has made seven of the past eight ACC championship games and won all seven they appeared in. Florida State won three in a row prior to that. Clemson also won in 2011 behind Tajh Boyd and blew out Virginia Tech in the process. Pitt took advantage of a Clemson transition season and won their first ACC title in 2021, but this conference has largely belonged to two teams in its recent history.
Even with week-to-week handicapping in this league, there are so many inconsistent teams that anybody can beat anybody, with the exception of Clemson and FSU. Even Miami and Pitt, despite being big favorites over most teams in the recent past, are not foolproof to bet on a game-by-game basis.
ACC Football Championship History
ACC Football Championship Wins
|All Time Wins||ACC Team||Last Yr Won|
|7||North Carolina State||1979|