Florida State favored to win ACC
LAS VEGAS, NV (The Spread) - After winning the final BCS national championship a year ago, Florida State is favored to win the ACC title in 2014.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Seminoles are currently favored 4/11 to win the ACC championship next season. Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech are also 10/1, respectively, to win the conference title, while North Carolina is 12/1.
Continuing with the odds, Louisville is 15/1 to win the ACC championship next season while Duke is 20/1 and Georgia Tech is 25/1. Some of the mid-range long shots include Pittsburgh at 50/1, Syracuse and Virginia at 66/1, and N.C. State at 75/1. Boston College and Wake Forest are each 200/1, respectively, which give those two teams the longest odds to win the ACC title in 2014.
With 2013 All-Conference stars Rashad Greene, Nick O'Leary and Tre' Jackson returning, as well as 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and 2013 All-American Jameis Winston and offensive tackle Cameron Erving returning, it's not difficult to see why oddsmakers like FSU in 2014. Their defense also remains solid, as seven starters return on that side of the ball, including defensive end Mario Edwards.
The rest of the conference is a bit of a crapshoot, although Clemson arguably has the best chance of upsetting Florida State's bid to win another conference title. The Tigers' defense could actually be a strength this year as Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony return. The question is whether or not Clemson's up-tempo offense can fire on all cylinders now that Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd are in the NFL.