The oddsmakers have made both Virginia and Virginia Tech longshots to win the ACC football championship this season.
For instance, Virginia Tech has futures odds of +15000 to win the ACC at DraftKings Virginia. Meanwhile, Virginia has even longer odds.
However, it’s legit to ask just how accurate preseason oddsmakers have been through the years with ACC football.
In all candor, they’ve been pretty accurate with an occasional exception.
ACC Preseason Odds History Since 2008
Recent History of ACC Odds
BetVirginia.com, your source for Virginia sports betting information, used SportsOddsHistory.com to take a look at the preseason odds for ACC football dating to 2008, when data was made available. We looked at the preseason odds favorites in the league, then compared that to the eventual winner of the conference and what their odds were to start the campaign.
The forecast regarding the favorite winning the title was on the money four of the last five seasons when Clemson was the preseason pick. Pitt disrupted that streak in 2021 when current Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett led Pitt to the ACC championship and beat Clemson along the way, 27-17.
Looking at the betting odds in 2021, Pitt was +6600 to win the championship and Clemson was -750.
ACC Football Odds 2023
For this season, Clemson and Florida State are a close 1-2 in the preseason odds. At Caesars Sportsbook Virginia, Clemson is +130 and Florida State is +140.
Either Clemson or Florida State has been the preseason odds favorite to win the ACC over the last 12 years: Clemson was the favorite in 2018 through 2022, 2013 and 2015, and Florida State in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The preseason favorite won the ACC in seven of those 12 seasons.
Virginia Tech was a co-favorite to win the ACC in 2008 through 2010 and went on to capture the conference championship in 2008 and 2010. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, now in his 13th NFL season (currently with the New York Giants), had key roles in both the Hokies championship seasons.
For 2023, Virginia — which as recently as 2019 won the Coastal Division and played in the ACC Championship Game — has +20000 odds, last in the ACC, to win the conference for customers using the BetMGM bonus code VA.