NCAA Football Futures - Early Look at the ACC
NCAA Football Futures Betting
An early look at the ACC.
NCAA Football Odds To Win ACC Conference:
Florida State +250
Georgia Tech +700
North Carolina +600
North Carolina State +800
Virginia Tech +250
Wake Forest +1200
Let's go team by team and look at everyone’s prospects:
At FLORIDA STATE (+250 at BetUS), Bobby Bowden may or may not have more wins than Joe Paterno at season's end. Fourteen of his career wins have been vacated, but they are on appeal. The Seminoles return just three starters on defense, but this team always recruits well, so there will be depth. The offensive line is an experienced crew, and the running game might improve, with the tandem of Jermaine Thomas and Carlton Jones taking over. There are going to be a lot of wide receivers for Bowden and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher to turn to; whether one of them becomes a major threat is something that remains to be seen. There will be a lot of pressure on Christian Ponder to improve; the quarterback threw 14 TD passes with 13 interceptions in 2008.
VIRGINIA TECH (+250 at BetUS) is perhaps the closest thing the ACC has to a national championship contender. The Hokies have won two ACC titles in the last four years, and have won at least ten games in each of the last five seasons. Last season they beat Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl, and this season Tyrod Taylor is in the saddle from the beginning. Obviously Taylor is a run threat (738 yards), but as a passer, he's just so-so. Having a consistent running game is going to be critical, and Darren Evans, who ran for 1265 yards as a freshman, helps in that regard. However, this is a one-dimensional offense, which had just six touchdown passes in 2008. There will be a heavy reliance on defense, and that's not all bad news: this team, which returns enough people, held opponents to 3.2 yards per rush attempt and 31% in third down conversions.
NORTH CAROLINA (+600 at BetUS) has some new wide receivers, after the departure of Brandon Tate and Hakeem Nicks. They leave a big hole, and T.J. Yates is hoping and praying that he can have a full healthy season at the quarterback spot. There is lots of speed on the defensive side of the football, as coach Butch Davis seeks to build this program in the image of what he used to have at Miami. With eight wins last year, Davis is definitely showing progress, and because he is such a good recruiter, there is always the possibly of a surprise from newcomers.
MIAMI (+600 at BetUS) has lost the swagger it had in years past. After a tough loss to California in the Emerald Bowl, Robert Marve was gone, leaving the quarterback position to Jacory Harris, who many observers swear will develop quickly under new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. Miami has weapons, but not nearly the depth they had been accustomed to having. Still, the cupboard is not bare, and Mike James, a prize freshman recruit, may be able to make an immediate impact teaming with the serviceable Graig Cooper in the backfield.