No.1 Clemson is Favorite To Win Sixth Straight ACC Title

  • The Clemson Tigers are the preseason favorites to win the 2020 ACC title.
  • Clemson has won five straight ACC titles and are unbeaten in their last 22 conference games dating back to October 2017.
  • Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was also voted as the Preseason ACC Player of the Year with running back Travis Etienne finishing second to Lawrence in the preseason poll.

The Clemson Tigers are the preseason favorites to win a sixth straight Atlantic Coast Conference title.

The ACC won’t be having its traditional two-division format this season while playing a 10-game league schedule. Each ACC team will also play in one non-conference games this year held within its home state. The ACC’s season kicks off on Thursday, September 10th, with Miami hosting UAB. Meanwhile Clemson opens its season against Wake Forest on September 12th.

Heavy Betting Favorites

Clemson topped a preseason poll conducted by members of the media. The Tigers received 132 out of a total 134 first place votes according to the results released by the league on Friday. Notre Dame, which will play in the ACC this season, got the remaining two first place ballots. North Carolina finished third in the voting, followed by Louisville, Virginia Tech, and Miami.

As far as college football betting is concerned, Clemson is also a heavy -350 betting favorite to win the ACC. The Tigers are also the +150 odds on favorite to win the 2021 College Football Playoffs, with Alabama as its closest rival in the championship odds board at +250.

The Tigers have won five straight conference titles and the NCAA national title in 2018. They are 29-1 overall over the last two seasons and have won 22 consecutive league games dating back to October 2017. Clemson also led all ACC teams with a total of five players named to the Preseason All-ACC team, including the top two players in the preseason poll

Top Two Best Players in ACC

With the Big Ten and Pac-12 announcing that they are canceling their 2021 college football season, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence also solidified his position as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this season. The Tigers’ QB is a heavy chalk in the Heisman betting at +200 with expected rivals like Justin Fields eliminated from competition. Lawrence was also named as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

Lawrence threw a total of 3,665 passing yards with 36 touchdowns last season. He has improved his passing yards, touchdown totals, and completion percentage from the previous year. With the way he continues to develop, there is no reason to thing that’s he going to take his foot off the gas pedal this year, especially since he is also touted to be the top overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Clemson running back Travis Etienne finished behind Lawrence in the ACC Preseason Player of the Year voting. The 21-year old Etienne is the ACC’s all-time career TD leader and career rushing TD leader. He ended his junior season with 1,614 rushing yards and a conference best 19 rushing touchdowns. Etienne’s 7.8 yards per carry average ranked 2nd overall in the FBS.

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