ACC NCAA College Football Betting Preview

Charlie Boccanegra | Updated Oct 04, 2017

While not on par with some of the traditional power conferences when it comes to college football betting, the Atlantic Coast Conference still boasts a few of the strongest programs in the country. Let’s take a look at who’ll shine in 2009…

Will Finish….

No. 1 – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets No. 2 – Virginia Tech Hokies No. 3 – UNC Tar Heels No. 4 – Florida State Seminoles No. 5 – Clemson Tigers No. 6 – North Carolina State Wolfpack No. 7 – Boston College Eagles No. 8 – Miami Hurricanes No. 9 – Maryland Terrapins No. 10 – Duke Blue Devils No. 11 – Virginia Cavaliers

Best Player…

C.J. Spiller, Clemson. Speed, speed and more speed. That’s all you really need to know about Clemson’s star running back, regarded as one of the NCAA’s fastest players. Spiller surprised many by forgoing the 2009 NFL draft to return to Clemson for his senior season, especially since the Tigers aren’t expected to be a very strong team this year, but his return is great for college football. Last year, he showed off what a dynamic threat he is catching the ball (34 catches, 436 yards, three TDs) and that bodes extremely well for his senior campaign. Look for the Tigers to get Spiller the ball a truckload both via the running and passing games this season, skyrocketing his 2010 draft value in the process.

Biggest Storyline…

Is Tyrod Taylor the next Michael Vick? We’re talking pre-dogfighting Vick, of course. Taylor, Virginia Tech’s star QB, has a lot of similarities to Vick during his Hokie days; in 2008, he threw for 1,036 yards and ran for 738. Taylor also holds a 13-2 career record at Virginia Tech, which is second all time to Vick (21-1) in terms of winning percentage. Taylor needs to improve his passing accuracy to gain a true comparison, but since he’s a junior, the talk has merit. Look for him to carry the Hokies throughout the season as they battle with Georgia Tech for ACC bragging rights. Speaking of…

Best Game…

Saturday, October 17th: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets will welcome the Hokies the best way they know how – by running the triple option down their throats. Led by potential Heisman candidate Jonathan Dwyer, the Jackets are a force to be reckoned with and should be the class of the ACC this year. But don’t count Virginia Tech out – last season they knocked off the Jackets 20-17, albeit in the friendly confines of Blacksburg. Online sports books will be salivating at the amount of action that could come in from this potentially explosive affair.

Best of the Rest…

UNC middle linebacker Quan Sturdivant registered an eye-popping 122 tackles in 2008 – he could actually top that total in 2009…NC State quarterback Russell Wilson reminds a lot of people of another highly-touted Wolfpack signal-caller: Philip Rivers…Many figure this could be the year Miami’s youngsters make the leap, but I don’t see it happening…

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