NCAA Football Futures: ACC Picks and Predictions

Quinn Allen
By , Updated on: Sep 4, 2022 08:00 PM
NCAA Football Futures: ACC Picks and Predictions

With the 2022 NCAA Football season officially right around the corner, it's the perfect time for some online college football betting. In the ACC, Clemson is a heavy favorite to win it, and their futures for the 2022-23 NCAA football National Championship aren't half-bad either at +1600 at some sportsbooks. Can Dabo Swinney's group take back their dominance of the conference after Pittsburgh shockingly took home the title last season? Keep reading for the ACC picks.

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ACC Odds

NC State+750
Wake Forest+1600
Florida State+2000
North Carolina+2200
Boston College+5000
Virginia Tech+6600
Georgia Tech+20000

ACC Betting Preview

For the first time since 2014, Clemson did not win in the ACC last season. In fact, they weren't even in the championship game. Wake Forest ended up finishing in first place during the campaign, but Kenny Picketts and Pittsburgh beat them in the final. Clemson won it every year from 2015 to 2020 before ending up with a 10-3 record overall in 20' and 6-2 in conference play. Offensively, quarterback DJ Uiagalelei wasn't great, completing just 55.6% of his passes while throwing for nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The position is Uiagalelei's right now but freshman Cade Klubnik has looked very good in training camp and could definitely see some reps this season. Although DJ needs to bounce back and have a much better year, the Tigers will rely on a stout defense that allowed a mere 15 points per game a year ago. Clemson is way above the pack at -140 odds and it's totally understandable. They are an ACC powerhouse and last season was clearly just a one-off. They should be a lot better. Weeks 4 and 5 will see them take on Wake Forest and North Carolina State, two important games on their schedule in the hunt for a conference title.

The Miami Hurricanes (+500) are another program that deserves a look in the ACC picks. They have a new coach in Mario Cristobal, the former Oregon Ducks HC from 2018-2021. Sophomore signal-caller Tyler Van Dyke is one to watch, having completed 62.3% of his passes in 2021 for over 2,000 yards, 25 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He especially thrived at home, tossing 14 TDs and throwing zero INTs. Miami did have a troubling defense last year though, allowing nearly 30 points per game. Cristobal will surely be making it his mission to improve this team in that area, but it won't be an overnight fix. Their first test comes in Week 3 against Jimbo Fisher's Texas A&M. The Hurricanes finished with a 7-5 record in in 21' and 5-3 in conference action.

NC State (+750) has the third-best odds to win the ACC. The Wolfpack had a 9-3 record last year and have quite the trio on offense to work with. Quarterback Devin Leary was efficient as ever, compiling 35 touchdowns and getting picked off just four times. Running back Jordan Houston is always a threat in the backfield, while wideout Devin Carter is one of Leary's favorite targets. The NC State defense is very strong, conceding only 19.7 points last season, with linebacker Drake Thomas leading the way. He's back in the fold after notching six interceptions, six sacks, and 99 total tackles. October 1st will be the big game for the Wolfpack, who face Clemson, one of their main threats in the ACC picks.

Can Pittsburgh (+1000) really contend without Kenny Pickett, who is now suiting up for the Steelers in the NFL? It's certainly possible. The Panthers turned to USC QB transfer Kedon Slovis to take over the offensive duties and hopefully get Pitt back to the title game after an 11-3 season (7-1 in conference). While Pickett is gone, so is WR Jordan Addison, who was the Panthers' top target and a big reason they scored 41.4 points per contest. He transferred to USC, where Slovis came from. Jared Wayne is going to be very important out wide for Slovis. The receiver had 47 catches for 658 yards and six touchdowns in 2021 and with Addison now in California, it's up to Wayne to step up and be Pitt's main offensive weapon. Slovis has big shoes to fill but he did put up decent numbers with the Trojans in his junior campaign. The QB is certainly experienced.

ACC picks

To be honest, I do believe Clemson is going to be the dominant team in the ACC again. Uiagalelei has a year of starting under his belt and should be a mile better in 2022. The Tigers are used to success and 2021 was clearly an anomaly. Plus, Klubnik is also capable of stepping in and getting it done if need be. No one is this conference is a legitimate threat to Swinney's squad. Take the favorites.

Pick: Clemson -140

Clemson Tigers To win ACC

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Quinn Allen

Quinn Allen leverages his broadcast journalism degree and passion for sports in his betting previews and analysis. Based in Kelowna, Canada, he has emerged as an expert voice with picks featured on OSB, MTS, SBD, and as a ClutchPoints editor. With a lifelong fandom of...

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