Why ACC Will Return to College Football Playoff Yet Again

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 2:24 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 30, 2018 2:24 PM UTC

Either Clemson or Florida State has represented the ACC in each College Football Playoff. Both are amonth the favorites, including Miami (FL), to make it in 2019. Here's why.

<p>The ACC, along with the SEC, are the only two conferences to send a team to the College Football Playoff (CFP) in each season. Expect to see Clemson, Miami (FL), or Florida State representing in the upcoming campaign. Can any win the national championship? The Tigers are second choice at +590 odds behind Alabama (+210). Here’s a look at updated <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4395&amp;book=5dimes" rel="nofollow">college football title odds for the entire ACC via 5Dimes:</a></p><table cellpadding="4" cellspacing="4" style="width:400px"> <tbody> <tr> <th><u>School</u></th> <th><u>NCAA Title Odds</u></th> </tr> <tr> <td>Clemson</td> <td>+590</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Miami (FL)</td> <td>+3500</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Florida State</td> <td>+3500</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Va. Tech</td> <td>+6000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>N.C. State</td> <td>+24000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Wake Forest</td> <td>+32500</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Louisville</td> <td>+35000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>North Carolina</td> <td>+50000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Boston College</td> <td>+50000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Ga. Tech</td> <td>+60000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Duke</td> <td>+60000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Syracuse</td> <td>+60000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Pitt</td> <td>+120000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Virginia</td> <td>+120000</td> </tr> </tbody></table><p> </p><p>How has the ACC earned an invite to the CFP in four consecutive seasons? For one, it and the SEC are the only Power Five leagues that play 8-game conference schedules. The Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 each schedule nine. This allows the former to schedule a softer FBS or FCS program in lieu of a potentially closer matchup vs. a rival. This is vital since the unofficial criteria for earning a CFP invite is to finish the regular season and conference title game with no more than one loss.</p><p>The ACC is also teeming with talent and good coaching. Let’s take a look at why either Clemson, Miami (FL), or Florida State will head to the CFP in 2019.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Travis Etienne ☑️&lt;br /&gt;Tavien Feaster ☑️&lt;br /&gt;Adam Choice ☑️&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Clemson's RB's are 🔥🔥🔥 &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/swaggy_t1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@swaggy_t1&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Fast_lane28?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@Fast_lane28&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/_Choice2?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@_Choice2&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ClemsonFB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@ClemsonFB&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/oNRcvKLOhy\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/oNRcvKLOhy&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/theACCDN/status/1001560618971746308?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 29, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Clemson (+590)</h2><p>The Tigers have kicked off the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the CFP for three consecutive seasons, winning it all in the 2016-17 campaign with a 35-31 victory over Alabama. The team rivals any in terms of recruiting over the last few years, returning an elite defense and a glut of playmakers. It entered summer workouts less than a week ago with returning starter Kelly Bryant atop the depth chart at quarterback. Freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence is the backup, for now. Bryant led Clemson to a 12-2 mark last season, including an ACC title and beating five ranked opponents. Lawrence, the consensus No. 1 signal-caller in last year’s recruiting class, is the better passer and outshined Bryant in the spring game. It’s a very good situation under center whoever plays. The offense scored 31.2 points per game in 2017 and had no trouble sustaining drives with a 45.63 third-down conversion rate (11<sup>th</sup> nationally).</p><p>On defense, Clemson allowed 4.1 opponent yards per play last season, second fewest in the FBS. Defensive linemen Austin Bryant and Christian Wilkins, both expected to play in the NFL, opted out of the draft for return to the Tigers. Expect Clemson to field another top-10 unit.</p><p>The schedule is a bit daunting, but nothing head coach Dabo Swinney can’t navigate. The Tigers play at Texas A&amp;M in Week 2, sandwiched in-between a pair of gimmies hosting Furman and Georgia Southern. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/">Swinney is just 12-9 SU and ATS against SEC competition,</a> but has won seven of the last nine meetings. The two losses each came against Alabama in the CFP. The only other out-of-conference game is vs. South Carolina in the Battle of the Palmetto State to close out the regular season. The Tigers have swept the last four meetings by a 24.0 average margin.</p><p>The toughest run of games in ACC play occurs in Weeks 8-10. Clemson hosts N.C. State, travels to Florida State and then returns to Death Valley to take on Louisville. Swinney’s squad is a double-digit favorite in advanced lines for each, spotting 20 points to the Wolfpack, 10 to the Seminoles, and 20.5 to the Cardinals. The Tigers have suffered one loss in ACC play in five of the last six seasons. They ran the table in 2015, and likely would have last year if not for Bryant being knocked out of a 27-24 loss at Syracuse due to a concussion.</p><p> </p><h2>Miami, Fla. (+3500)</h2><p>Miami is coming off a 10-3 season, losing its final trio of games to close out the season. This includes a 34-24 Orange Bowl defeat to Wisconsin. The upcoming schedule is as a dream. Miami could kick off favorites in every game if they play up to potential. Head coach Mark Richt has the best chance of any ACC program to knock Clemson from the top.</p><p>The Hurricanes open the season at AT&amp;T Stadium in the 2018 Advocare Classic against LSU. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/miami-(fl)-hurricanes-vs-lsu-tigers-3447792/#matchup">Oddsmakers opened Miami a 1-point favorite, but books adjusted to plus-2.5 following early Tigers money.</a> Expect the line to swing back towards even-money approaching kickoff. Miami catches a breather against Savannah State in Week 2 before traveling to MAC contender Toledo on Sept. 15. A Week 4 home date against Florida International concludes all out-of-conference play. Since joining the ACC, Miami is 38-11 SU against non-conference opponents in the regular season.</p><p>What will make or break the Canes' CFP chances is a string of road games late in the year. Miami plays four away from home in a five-week span from Oct. 13-Nov. 17, including at Virginia, Boston College, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Miami is 6-2 in away ACC contests under Richt, going off favorites in all but one (Hokies, +5.5, 2016). The defense is holding opponents to 19.2 points per game.</p><p> </p><h2>Florida State (+3500)</h2><p>The winner of the ACC Atlantic has gone on to win the ACC Championship seven straight times. The Seminoles last made the CFP in the 2014-15 season, kicking off preseason national title favorites at +300. They were routed by Oregon 59-20 in the semifinals.</p><p>Willie Taggart takes over as head coach for the upcoming campaign. Expect a glut of changes with new schemes and varied play calling on both sides of the ball. The Seminoles will be more up-tempo on offense, relying on play-action and deep shots down the field. The defense will be ultra aggressive and take risks. If Taggart can get his team on the same page early, the talent is there to topple Clemson. The new looks can definitely work to the Seminoles’ advantage is executed properly.</p><p>Florida State is just 14-10 against ACC competition the last three seasons, following two undefeated runs from 2012-14. Suffering a single loss in the upcoming campaign would be impressive for the Noles. They own the second toughest schedule in the country according to ESPN’s FPI index behind UCLA. It includes road clashes at Miami (FL) and Notre Dame, and home dates against Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Florida. The only “sure thing” is a Week 2 date with Samford. Advanced lines see FSU catching 8, 10, and 9 points against the Hurricanes, Tigers, and Fighting Irish. Since 2000, the Seminoles are 15-26 SU as underdogs.</p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/even-having-clemson-won-t-keep-acc-playoff-streak-alive/85408">Read why the ACC's CFP streak could come to an end in 2018</a></h2>
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