Any BCS Championship Contenders?
It appears to be quite a longshot as Bovada Sportsbook lists Clemson and Florida State as the top teams in the ACC at a staggering 25/1 College Football odds to win it all.
They’re followed by Miami at 28/1 and the next team is North Carolina at 100/1! What odds maker are telling us is that there are only 3 legitimate teams in this conference and the Canes are coming off of a 5 loss season.
Pittsburgh will join the Coastal Division and Syracuse will join the Atlantic Division. While both teams are great additions to the conference, neither are thought of as a contender to win the divisions, but should be able to sneak into a bowl game.
This is the dominant division and will be headed by the two best teams in the Clemson Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles. We have to remember that only 2 teams remained in the top 25 at the end of 2012.
Clemson Tigers (11-2, 7-1)
The big news for the Tigers is that quarterback Tajh Boyd will be returning for his senior season.
This will make Clemson an instant contender in the BCS picture. Last year, Boyd threw for 3896 yards with 36 TD and 13 INT. He also was a major force on the ground with 10 TD’s. Boyd had an outstanding performance in last years Chick-fil-A-Bowl game when he threw for 346 yards and 2 TD’s en route to a 25-24 victory over LSU. With the running game in question, look for Boyd to have a huge 2013 season.
The Tigers say so long to Andre Ellington and there should be a 3-way share of the running back duties between Roderick McDowell (450 yards, 5 TD), D.J. Howard (138 yards, 2 TD), and Zack Brooks (119 yards).
Healed and Recovered
Without DeAndre Hopkins, the the Tigers will need a big year from star receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins got blasted by Barkevious Mingo in the 2nd play of the bowl game and injured his ankle, never to return. Watkins will see a lot of balls thrown his way; the Tigers will also be without tight end Brandon Ford.
Clemson offense will need to put in gear; this is a team that allowed 24.8 points last season and only 6 starters return on the defensive end. They’re led by linebackers Spencer Shuey (93 tackles) and Stephone Anthony (77 tackles).
Florida State Seminoles (12-2, 7-1)
3 Way Battle At QB
Without E.J. Manuel, this will definitely put the Seminoles behind the 8-ball and unlikely to contend for the BCS Championship.
Clint Trickett, Jacob Coker, and freshman Jameis Winston will battle it out. Although Trickett had two starts last season for the Noles, the position belongs to Winston in the long run. This will be a feeling out process.
Running backs DeVonta Freeman (660 yards, 8 TD) and James Wilder Jr. (635 yards, 11 TD) will see split duty at running back. This will definitely be one of the strengths of the team. Both players have faced adversity and are ready to go.
The Art of Defense
This is something that the Noles excel in. They were the 2nd ranked defense in the country last season and allowed just 14.7 points per game. The defensive line takes a major hit as the talent leaves for the NFL, but sophomores Mario Edwards and Giorgio Newberry and redshirt freshman Chris Casher and freshman DeMarcus Walker, will play key roles in filling holes.
The secondary basically is the same as last years and aside from losing a top notch kicker in Dustin Hopkins, the Seminoles look like a threat to at least win the ACC Championship.
Coastal Conference Belongs to “The U”
The ACC is a rather weak confere and Miami is primed to take the lead spot. So, don't overlook them with your NCAAF picks in ACC Conference games.
Miami Hurricanes (7-5, 5-3)
The defense was the Hurricanes Achilles heel in 2012-13, allowing 30.5 points per game and ranked 10th in the ACC alone. This is the main reason why Miami was unsuccessful in defeating a single top 25 team.
Defensive end, Anthony Chickillo, linebacker Denzel Perryman, and cornerback Tracy Howard lead 5 returning defensive starters in hopes of “moving up the food chain”.
I’m referring to running back Duke Johnson who leads a Miami offense that was left intact and ready to go for the 2013 season. Johnson was 9th in all-purpose yards in the nation and averaged an amazing 10.7 yards every time that he touched the ball. Overall, Johnson had 14 TD’s on the season. With quarterback Stephen Morris (3345 yards, 21 TD, 7 INT) returning, the Canes will be a much improved team and a major offensive threat.
We spotlighted 3 teams in this bloated conference because these are the teams that will wreak havoc in college football.
A team need’s a good starting quarterback and with Tajh Boyd returning, look for Clemson to be a possible contender for the BCS Championship and be the top team in the ACC.Check out The Florida Gators odds to win it, here!~