ACC Preview Week: Maryland has same chance as Duke to win conference



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Welcome to the Randy Edsall era, a time when Maryland has just as much of a chance at winning the ACC as Duke.

The Terrapins and Blue Devils are each 125-to-1 longshots to win the ACC title and 30-to-1 to win their respective divisions at the popular online sportsbook

Hey, that’s better odds than either Kentucky or Mississippi has at winning the SEC. Both the Wildcats and Rebels are 250-to-1. But the Terrapins’ long odds are a good gauge at what’s going on in College Park these days.

Things are obviously a bit more cheerful in Tallahassee, where Florida State is the clear-cut favorite to win the ACC title game in Charlotte in December. The Seminoles are around 7-to-5 favorites and have similar odds to what Oklahoma has of winning the Big 12.

Virginia Tech (+300) is second in oddsmakers’ eyes, but only because the Hokies are expected to represent the Coastal Division in the conference title game. Clemson (+550) is the second-best team in most oddsmakers’ eyes. North Carolina—Phil Steele’s pick to win the Coastal Division–is 15-to-1 to win the conference.

Odds to win ACC Championship Game


Florida State +140

Virginia Tech +300

Clemson +550

North Carolina +1500

Georgia Tech +1500

Miami FL +1700

Virginia +1900

NC State +2100

Wake Forest +5000

Boston College +7500

Maryland +12500

Duke +12500

ACC Season Win Totals

The online sportsbook The Greek released season win totals on 43 teams, including seven ACC squads, this week.

For you novice bettors, the -140o next to Clemson, for example, represents that you must bet $140 to win $100 if you think the Tigers will win more than 8.5 games.

Clemson 8.5 (-140o)

Florida State 9.5 (-165o)

Georgia Tech 8 (-130u)

Miami 7 (-125u)

North Carolina 7.5 (-130o)

Virginia 7 (-150u)

Virginia Tech 9.5 (-145u)

Early ACC big game lines

The Golden Nugget sportsbook in Las Vegas released point spreads on approximately 100 games in early June. Vegas site updated the lines last week. Here’s a glance at some of the big games involving ACC teams.

Saturday, Sept. 1

Clemson -2.5 vs. Auburn

Saturday, Sept. 8

Miami at Kansas State -8

Saturday, Sept. 22

Clemson at Florida State -9

Saturday, Oct. 6

Notre Dame -10 vs. Miami

Saturday, Oct. 20

Florida State -11 at Miami

Thursday, Nov. 1

Virginia Tech -6.5 at Miami

Thursday, Nov. 8

Florida State -3 at Virginia Tech

Saturday, Nov. 12

Notre Dame -12 at Boston College

Saturday, Nov. 24

South Carolina at Clemson -3

Florida at Florida State -6.5