The 2019 college football season is about to begin and online sportsbook Bovada has listed Clemson as a major favorite to once again be the “Boss of the ACC.”
Dabo Swinney’s Tigers, the reigning champions of the ACC and all of college football, are at -350 to win the Atlantic Coast Conference. Falling in behind them are some proud programs that can make claim to many national championships, but their odds are not looking great this year.
Miami, a five-time national champion, has been given odds of +750 to take away the trophy from the four-time defending Tigers. Behind the Hurricanes, with odds of +1700, are the Cavaliers of Virginia.
And rounding out the top five are Florida State (+1800) and Syracuse (+2200).
Even the mighty Seminoles, a program that won the last BCS Championship in 2013, are expected to face a brutal uphill battle in their attempt to upend the champs. FSU has lost to Clemson the last four years, including last year in Tallahassee, when Clemson practically broke Doak Campbell Stadium’s scoreboard to a tune of 59-10.
Clemson has ruled with an iron paw and there seems to be no end in sight. Trevor Lawrence, the surfer-looking guy they found in Georgia, is on campus for at least two more years.
He was listed as a five-star recruit out of high school, but if he stays on his current trajectory, a six-star system may have to be considered by the recruiting services.
Dabo Swinney and his staff have recruited well, but the golden-haired gunslinger is the factor behind the overwhelming odds. In his first season at the helm, he led the Tigers to a national championship over the most storied program in college football history.
Alabama entered the national championship as -5.5 favorites, but Lawrence and his Tiger teammates had no problem getting the job done, winning 44-16 and adding another piece of CFP hardware to their trophy case back in Clemson, South Carolina.
Teams like Florida State and Miami and a few others in the ACC do recruit athletes on par with Clemson, but it’s not far-reaching to say that Trevor Lawrence may materialize into the next Peyton Manning.
His legendary college career really has just begun, but he should be able to add the phrase “2-time ACC champion” to his resume after he and his Tigers get done mauling their way through the conference this year.
Below you can find the conference title odds for each of the teams in the ACC, per Bovada.
Odds to win the 2019 ACC Championship
- Clemson -350
- Miami +750
- Virginia +1600
- Florida State +1800
- Syracuse +2200
- Virginia Tech +2200
- NC State +3500
- Pittsburgh +6500
- Boston College +6600
- Georgia Tech +7000
- North Carolina +7500
- Duke +8500
- Wake Forest +9000
- Louisville +15000