The Atlantic Coast Conference is an interesting college football conference. On one hand, they’ve featured three of the past six national champions, with Florida State winning the final BCS National Championship in 2013, and Clemson appearing in three of five College Football Playoff National Championships, winning it all in 2016 and 2018. On the other hand, it is probably going to be the least competitive Power-5 conference in the nation this season.
Clemson has won the past four ACC titles, which has contributed to them surpassing Florida State for the most conference titles in ACC history. The Tigers currently have 18 conference titles, while the Seminoles have 15. The next highest team is Maryland – who is now in the Big Ten – at nine.
This season, it should be much of the same in the ACC. Clemson is expected to run away with the conference, which is indicative in the -700 odds that they were given to win the title for the fifth-straight year. At this point, it is more likely that Clemson wins the national title than for another team to win the ACC. Nevertheless, here are the 2019 ACC conference title odds.
The Favorite: Clemson (-700)
There are two major keys to Clemson’s quest to win their third national title in four years. First, the head coach. Dabo Swinney has cemented himself as one of the best head coaches in college football and is now mentioned in the same conversation as Nick Saban. Swinney has established a winning culture at Clemson. In fact, he’s never lost more than two games in the ACC since taking over in 2008.
The second key component is sophomore QB and Heisman hopeful Trevor Lawrence – who is the odds-on favorite to win the award at +200. Lawrence and the Tigers are also the odds-on favorites to win the National Championship at +170. The young man has already done some incredible things on the field in college. He was the first true freshman to start for a national champion since 1985. He won National Freshman of the Year and ACC Rookie of the Year honors. He was also named Offensive MVP of the national title game. Oh, and those last few games weren’t even close thanks to Lawrence. The Tigers defeated Pittsburgh 42-10 in the ACC title game. Then, they went on to beat Notre Dame 30-3 in the semifinal and demolished Alabama 44-16 in the title game.
Of course, there are a ton of reasons why this team is going to be great this season. With that being said, they do have some key positions to replace, such as the defensive front. Clelin Ferrell (#4), Christian Wilkins (#13) and Dexter Lawrence (#17) were all drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Even DE Austin Bryant was drafted in the fourth round, so Swinney will need to replenish what was one of the most dominant defensive lines in NCAA history.
Click to Page 2 to check out my sleeper and longshot picks to win the ACC.