It has been four years since the Virginia Cavaliers and Virginia Tech Hokies last experienced the high of an eight-plus win season.
In the interim, the two schools have posted combined records of 28-39 (.418), with both universities making coaching changes during the period (UVA replacing Bronco Mendenhall with Tony Elliott and Virginia Tech hiring Brent Fry to replace Justin Fuente).
Backers of both teams at VA sportsbooks will certainly be looking for a turnaround after both programs had losing seasons in 2022.
A hot start would help.
Best ACC Football Teams in September Since 2012
With college football season starting Saturday and a full slate set for Sept. 2, BetVirginia.com – your source for the best Virginia sportsbook promos – used Sports-Reference.com to find the records of every ACC team in September since 2012 to find the best to worst teams during the first full month of the CFB season. Note that all teams didn’t play the same number of games, so ranking is based on win percentage.
Disparate September Success For UVA, Virginia Tech
While both Virginia ACC members have struggled at year’s end over the last half-decade, their paths to such futility have differed greatly.
In Blacksburg, the Hokies have fared quite well out of the gate since 2012, posting a 29-13 (.690) record during the period, ranking fifth out of 14 ACC members by that metric.
That might be a boost for Virginia sports betting apps users looking for a local team to jump on early in the season.
Over in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers haven’t fared as well during the opening month of the season, posting the 12th best record in September (23-20), ahead of only Georgia Tech (22-21) and North Carolina (19-21) in the conference.
Where Hokies, Cavaliers Stand Entering 2023
Less than a month to go until the Cavaliers and Hokies kick off their respective seasons, it seems that oddsmakers at two of Virginia’s biggest online sportsbooks aren’t riding high on the teams’ chances.
At BetMGM Sportsbook Virginia, the Hokies are listed at +6600 to win the ACC this year, ranking 12th out of 14 teams in the conference as of Monday morning. The Cavaliers are tied for Georgia Tech for last in the ACC at +10000.
Oddsmakers at Caesars see the state’s ACC teams in a similar light, with The Emperor giving the Hokies +8000 ACC odds (ranking in a tie with Syracuse for 10th in the 14-team conference), with a preseason win total over/under of 5.5.
The Las Vegas stalwart lists UVA at +15000 to win the ACC, ranking in a tie with the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech for last, to go with a preseason win total over/under of 3.5.
The Caesars Sportsbook Virginia operates online of course, and the company is also behind the recently opened Danville casino, one of three brick-and-mortar gaming facilities open in the commonwealth.
We’ll find out just how far both schools are from contending when the Cavaliers and Hokies kick off their seasons on Sept. 2. Virginia opens against Tennessee in Nashville; Tech makes its season debut at home against in-state foe Old Dominion.