While I’m not endorsing gambling (unless you’re in Las Vegas, then go right ahead), it’s always a great sign that college football’s right around the corner when you can start betting on games. To that end, Golden Nugget’s sports books have published lines for almost 250 games this fall — 48 of which are involving ACC squads. The full list of ACC games, which I’ve included below, are gleaned from the list provided by Don Best via SB Nation.
Syracuse at Northwestern (-13)
Oregon at Virginia (+21)
Nevada at Florida State (-26)
Clemson at NC State (+11)
North Carolina at Georgia Tech (-4.5)
Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech (+1)
Miami at South Florida (+10)
Florida State at Boston College (+17)
Wake Forest at Clemson (-21)
Clemson at Syracuse (+8)
Louisville at Temple (+17)
North Carolina at Virginia Tech (-6.5)
Georgia Tech at Miami (-7)
Rutgers at Louisville (-10)
Boston College at Clemson (-22)
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech (-13.5)
Miami at North Carolina (Pick)
Central Florida at Louisville (-11)
Florida State at Clemson (-2)
NC State at Florida State (-20)
Louisville at South Florida (+13)
Miami at Florida State (-8)
North Carolina at NC State (+2.5)
Clemson at Virginia (+13.5)
Louisville at Connecticut (+10.5)
Notre Dame at Pittsburgh (+10.5)
Virginia Tech at Miami (-3.5)
Georgia Tech at Clemson (-9)
Syracuse at Florida State (-16)
Houston at Louisville (-17)
Memphis at Louisville (-24)
Virginia at Miami (-15)
Miami at Pittsburgh (+7)
Florida State at Florida (-2)
Georgia at Georgia Tech (+9)
Virginia Tech at Virginia (+10)
Clemson at South Carolina (-4.5)
Louisville at Cincinnati (+3)
Some additional thoughts:
- Vegas loves Miami, naming them favorites in all but two games above, and seeing them to be awfully close to both Florida State and Florida. As you know, in the ACC, that means run away from picking the ‘Canes.
- There’s little interest in Maryland, with just one game involving the Terps (and a close one at that, with WVU).
- The odds don’t seem to portray Clemson as a top-10 squad, especially against Syracuse, who they’re only giving eight points to at the Carrier Dome.
- Playing in a diluted American Athletic Conference, Louisville’s a pretty heavy favorite in just about every contest.
- The layout of this schedule does speak to some of the problems the ACC faces. The more compelling matchups are all early in the season, with the league taking a backseat as November hits. Many of the later games feature heavy home favorites and that makes for non-compelling television.
- Based on a quick look at these odds, it would seem — as most have predicted — that Clemson and FSU are the favorites in the Atlantic, while North Carolina and Miami are the favorites in the Coastal. These numbers also seem to like Virginia Tech, which may be based more on past results than this season’s.
What do you think? Any lines you’re surprised about? If you were picking these games (at a legal sports book!), are there any that stick out to you?