Despite all the shakeups in college football with teams moving conferences, the 2023 season will look the same for the ACC, with teams remaining in the conference as well as no new teams joining.
Though there were rumors of the “Magnificent Seven” hoping to get out of their media deal and exit the conference, the ACC Board of Directors quelled those with a new plan to share revenue.
Beginning in 2024, the ACC plans to start a success incentive initiative that will come from teams playing in revenue-generating postseason-competition. Details are still being solidified. With the new plan, those better teams that were looking to leave will now get more money for continued success.
The so-called “Magnificent Seven” include Clemson, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech, but the conference has 14 teams in total. The other seven include Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
The 14 teams are split into the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions. The upcoming season will be the first year the ACC implements a 3-5-5 scheduling model. In the 3-5-5 model, each team plays three primary opponents each year and the 10 other teams twice during a four-year cycle, once at home and once on the road. With the new model, each team plays all 13 conference teams at home and on the road at least once every four years.
The new model also eliminates divisions, and moving forward, the teams with the best winning percentage will compete in the ACC Conference Championship Game to determine the conference winner.
According to college football odds, that team in 2023 will be Clemson, which has the best odds to win the ACC with +160 odds. However, Florida State is expected to be a strong contender as well, with NCAA football odds giving it +165 odds to win.
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When it comes to betting on the ACC, there are many ways to do so, however a futures bet is the only way to bet on who will win the conference.
An ACC futures bet is the same as any futures bet and is typically represented by positive numbers, with the lower the positive number meaning the greater the favorite.
However, once the ACC regular season begins, bettors can also bet on common wagers such as the moneyline, point spread and total. The moneyline is the easiest, as it is a prediction on who bettors think will win the game.
A point spread, meanwhile, is a wager on how much a team will win or lose by. The sportsbook will give a number, and the favored team will have to win by more than that to cover while the underdog will have to either win outright or lose by less than the given number to cover the spread.
Finally, the total is the number a bettor believes both teams will combine to score in a game. If a bettor believes the teams will score more than the number from college football lines, they bet the over, while they take the under if they think it will be less than that.
Prop bets are also an option for bettors to get involved in ACC regular-season betting and are wagers on certain events or player statistics that will happen in a game.
Whatever type of wager bettors choose to place, they should be sure to do their research on the teams and players they are betting on to ensure they get the most out of their bet.