- Matt Fortuna, College Football
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We learned a little bit about expectations for the college football season three weeks ago when The Golden Nugget opened betting lines on 200 games in 2014. Now we can take another look at individual expectations thanks to Bovada releasing division, league and national title odds.
In what should come as no surprise at all, Florida State is the favorite to win both the ACC title and the national title. The Seminoles are 2/5 odds to win the league crown for the third season in a row, while they are 11/2 to repeat as national champions.
The team with the second-best odds to win it all probably isn't that big of a surprise, either (Alabama at 6/1). But the No. 2 favorite to win the ACC title in 2014 will certainly open some eyes, as Miami checks in at 11/2. The Hurricanes have obvious question marks both under center and on defense, and their schedule doesn't exactly do them any huge favors.
The fact that Virginia Tech is the No. 3 favorite to win the ACC, behind the Hurricanes at 10/1, likely goes a long way in showing just how much easier the path is to the ACC title game in the Coastal Division, whose winner would then only have to manage a one-game upset to win the league. Clemson, considered to be arguably the second-best team in the league entering 2014, is tied with North Carolina as No. 4 favorite, at 12/1.
The Tar Heels, whose summer hype has been noted in this space before, are actually ahead of the Hokies as Coastal favorites, with 7/4 odds to Virginia Tech's 6/1. Miami remains the favorite, with 3/2 odds to win the division.
Reigning Coastal champion Duke is tied with Georgia Tech with 15/2 odds, while Pittsburgh, one of the many potential darkhorses in the division this fall, is tied for last with Virginia, at 25/1.
As for national title odds, you'll have to look far down the list to find another contender after FSU, as Clemson comes in with the 23rd-best odds at 66/1, three spots ahead of Miami, which is at 75/1. Bovada released national title odds for 51 teams in all, with nine ACC teams making the cut. Boston College, Georgia Tech and Pitt all have 500/1 odds to win it all.
League newcomer Louisville, for what it's worth, has 9/1 odds to win the Atlantic Division, 15/1 odds to win the ACC and 150/1 odds to win the national title. Partial member Notre Dame has 40/1 odds to win the national title.
We learned a little bit about expectations for the college football season three weeks ago when The Golden Nugget opened betting lines on 200 games in 2014.