Full Betting Preview Of The ACC Atlantic Division

Clemson Tigers

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 4:11 PM GMT

Sports handicapper Ian Cameron provides a betting preview of the ACC Atlantic Division prior to the upcoming College Football season, and gives what betting angles could work in your favor.  

Here is a preview of the ACC Atlantic Division for the upcoming College Football season:

Clemson Tigers
The Clemson Tigers will look to repeat as ACC champions and get back to the Final Four this season. They certainly have the offense and the QB to do so with Deshaun Watson returning and a likely Heisman candidate. RB Wayne Gallman also returns in the backfield along with a stable of solid receivers. The OL replaces two starters but there is no reason to believe it won't be as good as last season as they still have plenty of experience and talent.

Clemson's defense is the area of concern having to replace seven starters from last season but it's worth noting the replacements on that side of the football this season got their share of playing time and snaps in games last season in the latter stages during many of Clemson's blowout victories so this team has more experience on defense in terms of snaps on the field than their returning starter numbers indicate. Their schedule features a big time season opener against Auburn as well as the big showdown likely for the division crown in Tallahassee against Florida State on October 29th and if Clemson avoids any upsets and can take care of business in those two games, they are a shoe-in to return to the College Football Playoff. This could be a team that plays in some higher scoring contests early in the season while the new look defense adjusts.

Florida State Seminoles
Florida State has a major question to answer at QB entering the season with Sean Maguire in a battle with Deondre Francois and Malik Henry to be the starter. The offensive line should be improved after being inconsistent throughout last season. The return of RB Dalvin Cook is immense and he should be in another Heisman race.

The defense should be strong up front but does have some holes to fill at LB but their secondary has plenty of experience and shouldn't suffer too much from the departure of Jalen Ramsey to the NFL. FSU must navigate their way through a tough early season schedule facing Ole Miss, Louisville, and South Florida all in September but if they get past through that unblemished, it should come down to their showdown against Clemson for superiority within this division.

Louisville Cardinals
Louisville got off to a rocky start last season in large part to an offense that didn't get going immediately. That started to change in the latter half of the season as dual threat QB Lamar Jackson improved quite a bit and should take that confidence into this season and it shouldn't hurt his cause that the offensive line which struggled in pass protection a year ago should be an improved group.

The Cardinals defense really is what kept them hanging around in some games last season while their offense was struggling and that stop unit looks to be just as good with three of the four top tacklers from 2015 all returning to the team. They have a solid LB corps led by Devonte Fields and the secondary is loaded. Louisville has what it takes to possibly challenge Clemson or Florida State in this division and they can't be overlooked especially with head coach Bobby Petrino likely to have a much better offensive team this year.

NC State Wolfpack
NC State head coach Dave Doeren in a response to last year's disappointing 7-8 season made changes to his coaching staff relieving offensive coordinator Matt Canada and replacing him with Boise State OC Eliah Drinkwitz which will lead to a shift from a more run-based offense to an uptempo and more balanced system which he employed at Boise. That means it will be up to sophomore QB Jalan McClendon to adapt to the new offense in a hurry after sitting behind Jacoby Brissett last season. McClendon has very little experience but he does have a solid arm that is capable of making big plays in the passing game.

The OL which has been having a recent strength must replace three starters. NC State's defense was solid for the most part but got exposed against Clemson, North Carolina and their bowl opponent Mississippi State as the Wolfpack defense surrendered 51 points per game to those three teams. That defense should have plenty of solid experience at DL but questions at LB and secondary and it's worth noting their top pass defender from last season Juston Burris is gone to the NFL. NC State must contend with a brutal slate in the middle of the season having to face Clemson and Louisville on the road along with home games against Notre Dame and Florida State. NC State might be a solid College Football Odds point spread team if the offense can grasp their new system quicker than expected but getting victories and advancing in the Atlantic Division pecking order could still prove to be quite difficult.

Syracuse Orange
Syracuse hired Dino Babers (former Bowling Green head coach) as their new head coach hoping his exciting, severe, uptempo, fast-paced offense that he is bringing to the Cuse will expand the talent level for the program. The good news for Babers is he inherits a dual threat QB in Eric Dungey who is well suited to run this up tempo offense at Syracuse. Dungey was very good at times when he was healthy but he suffered a concussion which derailed his season in the late stages.

The offensive line has only two starters back but they are learning a new offense anyway and the defense is undergoing a complete change in a system under new defensive coordinator Brian Ward so there could be plenty of getting used to for this team on that side of the football. Three starters are also back in the secondary, though improvement is needed after the Orange ranked 100th nationally vs. the pass and the team really struggled in pass defense in their spring practices. This team should be good offensively and I think the learning curve will be much greater on defense. Syracuse has backdoor cover potential with their uptempo, fast-paced offense and has the look of an Over the total team on weekly basis in College Football Picks.

Boston College Eagles
The Boston College Eagles wasted a very sound defense last season thanks to an inept offense which was so bad they just couldn't overcome it. The QB position was not good, the RB position was depleted with injuries and the result was an anemic offense. The Eagles are hoping Kentucky transfer Patrick Towles can save the day and provide a much-needed boost to this stagnant offense but that remains to be seen.

The defense should be fairly good again with experience at all three levels: DL, LB and secondary although once again there is only so much they can do. The addition of Towles at QB gives BC a competent, experienced signal caller and that should allow them to be at least more competitive this season for head coach Steve Addazio who is likely to feel heightened pressure to have his team succeed.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The pressure is on head coach Dave Clawson at Wake as he tries to turn this team around after a rough 3-9 season. Wake's offense was abysmal last season and must improve with 2nd-year starter John Wolford back in the fold at QB although he is expected to be challenged by Kendall Hinton for the starting job and he is a bit more mobile.

The defense kept them in a lot of games last season and should be just as good this year so if the offense can at least take a step forward which should happen with more experienced QB's regardless of Hinton or Wolford along with an improved offensive line. This team has the potential to cover some big underdog role point spreads.

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Here is a preview of the ACC Atlantic Division for the upcoming College Football season:

Clemson Tigers
The Clemson Tigers will look to repeat as ACC champions and get back to the Final Four this season. They certainly have the offense and the QB to do so with Deshaun Watson returning and a likely Heisman candidate. RB Wayne Gallman also returns in the backfield along with a stable of solid receivers. The OL replaces two starters but there is no reason to believe it won't be as good as last season as they still have plenty of experience and talent.

Clemson's defense is the area of concern having to replace seven starters from last season but it's worth noting the replacements on that side of the football this season got their share of playing time and snaps in games last season in the latter stages during many of Clemson's blowout victories so this team has more experience on defense in terms of snaps on the field than their returning starter numbers indicate. Their schedule features a big time season opener against Auburn as well as the big showdown likely for the division crown in Tallahassee against Florida State on October 29th and if Clemson avoids any upsets and can take care of business in those two games, they are a shoe-in to return to the College Football Playoff. This could be a team that plays in some higher scoring contests early in the season while the new look defense adjusts.

Florida State Seminoles
Florida State has a major question to answer at QB entering the season with Sean Maguire in a battle with Deondre Francois and Malik Henry to be the starter. The offensive line should be improved after being inconsistent throughout last season. The return of RB Dalvin Cook is immense and he should be in another Heisman race.

The defense should be strong up front but does have some holes to fill at LB but their secondary has plenty of experience and shouldn't suffer too much from the departure of Jalen Ramsey to the NFL. FSU must navigate their way through a tough early season schedule facing Ole Miss, Louisville, and South Florida all in September but if they get past through that unblemished, it should come down to their showdown against Clemson for superiority within this division.

Louisville Cardinals
Louisville got off to a rocky start last season in large part to an offense that didn't get going immediately. That started to change in the latter half of the season as dual threat QB Lamar Jackson improved quite a bit and should take that confidence into this season and it shouldn't hurt his cause that the offensive line which struggled in pass protection a year ago should be an improved group.

The Cardinals defense really is what kept them hanging around in some games last season while their offense was struggling and that stop unit looks to be just as good with three of the four top tacklers from 2015 all returning to the team. They have a solid LB corps led by Devonte Fields and the secondary is loaded. Louisville has what it takes to possibly challenge Clemson or Florida State in this division and they can't be overlooked especially with head coach Bobby Petrino likely to have a much better offensive team this year.

NC State Wolfpack
NC State head coach Dave Doeren in a response to last year's disappointing 7-8 season made changes to his coaching staff relieving offensive coordinator Matt Canada and replacing him with Boise State OC Eliah Drinkwitz which will lead to a shift from a more run-based offense to an uptempo and more balanced system which he employed at Boise. That means it will be up to sophomore QB Jalan McClendon to adapt to the new offense in a hurry after sitting behind Jacoby Brissett last season. McClendon has very little experience but he does have a solid arm that is capable of making big plays in the passing game.

The OL which has been having a recent strength must replace three starters. NC State's defense was solid for the most part but got exposed against Clemson, North Carolina and their bowl opponent Mississippi State as the Wolfpack defense surrendered 51 points per game to those three teams. That defense should have plenty of solid experience at DL but questions at LB and secondary and it's worth noting their top pass defender from last season Juston Burris is gone to the NFL. NC State must contend with a brutal slate in the middle of the season having to face Clemson and Louisville on the road along with home games against Notre Dame and Florida State. NC State might be a solid College Football Odds point spread team if the offense can grasp their new system quicker than expected but getting victories and advancing in the Atlantic Division pecking order could still prove to be quite difficult.

Syracuse Orange
Syracuse hired Dino Babers (former Bowling Green head coach) as their new head coach hoping his exciting, severe, uptempo, fast-paced offense that he is bringing to the Cuse will expand the talent level for the program. The good news for Babers is he inherits a dual threat QB in Eric Dungey who is well suited to run this up tempo offense at Syracuse. Dungey was very good at times when he was healthy but he suffered a concussion which derailed his season in the late stages.

The offensive line has only two starters back but they are learning a new offense anyway and the defense is undergoing a complete change in a system under new defensive coordinator Brian Ward so there could be plenty of getting used to for this team on that side of the football. Three starters are also back in the secondary, though improvement is needed after the Orange ranked 100th nationally vs. the pass and the team really struggled in pass defense in their spring practices. This team should be good offensively and I think the learning curve will be much greater on defense. Syracuse has backdoor cover potential with their uptempo, fast-paced offense and has the look of an Over the total team on weekly basis.

Boston College Eagles
The Boston College Eagles wasted a very sound defense last season thanks to an inept offense which was so bad they just couldn't overcome it. The QB position was not good, the RB position was depleted with injuries and the result was an anemic offense. The Eagles are hoping Kentucky transfer Patrick Towles can save the day and provide a much-needed boost to this stagnant offense but that remains to be seen.

The defense should be fairly good again with experience at all three levels: DL, LB and secondary although once again there is only so much they can do. The addition of Towles at QB gives BC a competent, experienced signal caller and that should allow them to be at least more competitive this season for head coach Steve Addazio who is likely to feel heightened pressure to have his team succeed.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The pressure is on head coach Dave Clawson at Wake as he tries to turn this team around after a rough 3-9 season. Wake's offense was abysmal last season and must improve with 2nd-year starter John Wolford back in the fold at QB although he is expected to be challenged by Kendall Hinton for the starting job and he is a bit more mobile.

The defense kept them in a lot of games last season and should be just as good this year so if the offense can at least take a step forward which should happen with more experienced QB's regardless of Hinton or Wolford along with an improved offensive line. This team has the potential to cover some big underdog role point spreads.

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