NCAA football betting fans looking for a dark horse may find one in Wake Forest, North Carolina State or Boston College as potential college football gambling values.
There is plenty of buzz in Tallahassee Florida as the Florida State Seminoles will begin the new Jimbo Fisher era after Bobby Bowden stepped down after 34 years at FSU. While Bowden put the program on the map and led it to two national titles things had gotten stale as the program slipped to 7-win seasons in 3 out of the last 4 years.
Fisher was the coach in waiting at FSU and is known for his offensive expertise. The defense has 6 starters back and will also be revamped as Mark Stoops is the new coordinator. Senior quarterback Christian Ponder leads an offense with 9 starters returning.
The Seminoles have their toughest conference games at home and are an instant ACC contender.
Clemson was the Atlantic Division champion last year before losing a shootout to Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game. The Tigers will return 7 starters on offense led by quarterback Kyle Parker, who passed for 2526 yards and 20 touchdowns last year as a freshman.
The big loss was running back CJ Spiller, who was also a lethal kick returner. His loss will be difficult to fill. This is Dabo Swinney’s 2nd full season as head coach and Clemson will be potentially dangerous with the NCAA odds.
Boston College finished as an 8-5 bowl team last year with rookie head coach Frank Spaziani and has one of the better linebacker corps in the ACC along with a promising sophomore quarterback in Dave Shinskie, who passed for 2049 yards and 15 touchdowns last year.
BC has a more favorable schedule than Clemson and they will host the Tigers on October 30 in what should be a pivotal matchup with the college football lines.
There is quite a drop-off from the top three to the bottom three teams in the Atlantic Division as Maryland, North Carolina State, and Wake Forest have been struggling. Wake Forest is well coached with Jim Grobe and a potentially strong NCAA football betting value that won the ACC in 2006 and has 13 starters back.
Coach Ralph Friedgen faces the “firing squad” at Maryland as does Tom O’Brien at NC State.