The Atlantic Coast Conference has belonged to the Clemson Tigers the past 3 seasons. Will anything change this season? After all, Florida State has a new head coach, Louisville lost their Heisman Trophy winning QB to the NFL, while Virginia Tech might not be ready for prime time. Can anyone stop the Clemson Tigers from repeating as ACC Champions? The latest odds to win the 2018 ACC Championship give them the win this season.
Best Early 2018 ACC Championship Odds
- Clemson -300
- Miami +250
- Florida State +400
- Virginia Tech +650
- Georgia Tech +4000
Top Pick: Clemson Tigers -300The Clemson Tigers are a lower odds favorite to win the ACC then Alabama is to win the SEC. The reason? Clemson plays in a much kinder conference with only Miami, Florida State, and Virginia Tech appearing to have a shot to beat the Tigers. Those 3 squads don’t have a big shot of beating the Tigers, either. The problem with facing Clemson is that their head coach, the great Dabo Sweeney, has built the second best college football program in the United States. Only Nick Saban at Alabama rivals what Sweeney has done at Clemson. Clemson is so deep that their starting QB last seasons, Kelly Bryant, most likely won’t start this season. Freshman Trevor Lawrence is likely to be a starter in the NFL one day. The offensive line is deep, as usual, while the defense returns starters Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell, and Austin Bryant, all of whom could have gone pro. The only college football team that can beat Clemson this season figures to be the Alabama Crimson Tide and, maybe, the Washington Huskies. That means Clemson goes undefeated, easily wins the ACC, and marches to the College Football Playoff again.
Second Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies +650The thing about Virginia Tech is that the play in ACC Coastal division where the only team they must defeat are the Miami Hurricanes. VA Tech looks like a solid choice to reach the ACC Championship where they’ll square off with Clemson. Can VA Tech knock off the Tigers? Probably not. But, the Hokies do have an electrifying QB in Josh Jackson. Jackson is DeShaun Watson like. That will give the Hokies a shot. The defense is in good hands. D-coordinator Bud Black is one of the best in college football. Virginia Tech might be the only team that can beat the Clemson Tigers in the ACC.
Super Dog Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +4000The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, like VA Tech, play in the ACC Coastal Division. If Georgia Tech can win the Coastal Division, they’ll battle Clemson in the ACC Championship. Sure, the odds of Georgia Tech doing both of those things are monstrous. That’s why we’re getting 4,000 to 1 on the Yellow Jackets. The key for Georgia Tech will be the offensive line. It’s strong, which means the Yellow Jackets could challenge Miami and VA Tech in the division. If the new defensive scheme comes works, who knows? Maybe, GA Tech gives their backers a thrill as a +28 ½ dog versus Clemson in this season’s ACC Title Game.
- Top Pick: Clemson Tigers
- Second Pick: Virginia Tech Hokies
- Third Pick: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets