Brian: The Greek Sports Book recently released its gambling future odds for ACC football in 2011. Let's start with BC and the 2011 Atlantic Division race. The Eagles open with 8-1 odds of winning the Atlantic Division. Last year's division champ, Florida State opens at -300. Here's a look at the current futures for the Atlantic Division:
What do you think of these odds? Any value picks you like in the Atlantic?
Jeff: It's hard for me to not go with BC here. There's no value picking Florida State with the steep price you have to pay. BC has been picked by many as the offseason goes on as a team that could challenge FSU for the Atlantic Division crown. Listed #4 in the division by Vegas, that would make them a good value pick.
Despite the high odds, I would not touch N.C. State or Wake Forest as I don't see either team having what it will take this season to get to 6-2 or 7-1 in conference. Maryland might have a chance, but with only a 3-1 payout I'd stay away from the Terps.
However, Clemson at 5:1 is not a terrible bet. Even though I will not be picking Clemson to win the division or finish in second, I can see a scenario where the Tigers have some of their young talent step up and they go on to win the Atlantic Division. As it has been the last four seasons, it will likely come down to Boston College, Florida State and Clemson in the Atlantic and the payouts on BC and Clemson make it worth maybe putting a few dollars on them.
Brian: Let's move to the the opening Coastal Division futures. To the surprise of no one, Virginia Tech once again is the favorite at 1:1. Here's the current gambling future odds for the Coastal Division:
Any surprises here? Your thoughts?
Jeff: No surprises here really. Everyone is picking one of those top three teams. There is definitely a value pick with Georgia Tech though. With what Paul Johnson has done with Georgia Tech and Navy in the past, despite having new players coming in, they might be able to sneak in and pull out the Coastal Division while Virginia Tech, Miami and UNC beat each other up and drop some games to Atlantic division teams. At 12-1, $100 to win $1,200 might be a worthwhile investment.
Brian: As for the conference champion odds, Florida State edges Virginia Tech as the favorite to win the ACC next year. FSU starts at +150, while the Hokies are +200. The Eagles are a 20:1 favorite to win the conference. This seems to be in line with a majority of prognosticator's picks on where BC falls in the ACC's football pecking order next season. Might be worth throwing a few dollars on BC here and donating two dollars to Vegas by placing a dollar bet on Duke and Wake Forest. Stranger things have happened (cough, 2006, cough).
Florida State +150
Virginia Tech +200
North Carolina +500
Boston College +2000
Georgia Tech +2500
N.C. State +5000
Wake Forest +10000