Odds slot Virginia Tech, UVa as longshots to win ACC

Odds slot Virginia Tech, UVa as longshots to win ACC
July 30, 2014, 2:45 pm
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(Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)

Virginia Tech is not back yet and Virginia will take a small step forward this season according to the odds makers.

In odds released by the gambling site Bovada.lv the Hokies are listed at 12/1 and Virginia at 66/1 to win the ACC. Here is the full list for the conference and divisions:

Florida State 4/11
Clemson 10/1
Louisville 10/1
North Carolina 10/1
Miami 12/1
Virginia Tech 12/1
Duke 20/1
Georgia Tech 25/1
Pittsburgh 40/1
Syracuse 66/1
Virginia 66/1
NC State 100/1
Boston College 200/1
Wake Forest 200/1

Atlantic Division:
Florida State 1/6
Clemson 13/2
Louisville 13/2
Boston College 33/1
Syracuse 33/1
NC State 40/1
Wake Forest 100/1


Coastal Division:
North Carolina 8/5
Miami 3/1
Virginia Tech 3/1
Duke 7/1
Georgia Tech 8/1
Pittsburgh 25/1
Virginia 25/1

A few things to note:

  • Virginia Tech is where they are because of the question at quarterback. A questionable offense with a solid defense is the formula that got Frank Beamer the most wins among active FBS coaches, but he is not going to get the benefit of the doubt anymore without a quarterback in place.
  • Virginia’s place at 11th on this list looks like the odds makers expect some progress from the Hoos, but it probably has more to do with Florida State’s dominance than anything else. The three teams below Virginia are all from the Atlantic Division and would have to finish ahead of the Seminoles just to have a shot at reaching the title game. What’s more telling is that Virginia (along with Pittsburgh curiously) has the worst odds to win the Coastal at 25/1.
  • Where’s the love for Duke? The Blue Devils looked as if they had arrived last season by winning the Coastal Division, but the odds makers aren’t buying it. They have lower odds than North Carolina, Miami, and Virginia Tech. Perhaps Duke’s performance against Florida State in what was largely a non-competitive ACC Championship Game has something to do with it, but it still doesn’t explain giving them 7/1 odds for the division.
  • Everyone is on the Florida State bandwagon and for good reason. The 4/11 odds are by far the best odds for any of the conference favorites. The Seminoles were also listed earlier in the month as co-favorites with Alabama to win the 2014 national championship.