ACC Football Preview for 2021

Football Takes has you covered with our College Football previews for the Power 5 conferences for the 2021 season. Today, our ACC Football preview focused on the win totals of each team.

College Football 2021 is a quirky thing for many reasons. As you look through these numbers for the over/under of each team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, be sure to analyze the schedule closely before you place a wager. 

ACC Football Preview

1. Boston College

DraftKings Over/Under: 7

Boston College Eagles 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4 Colgate
  • Sept. 11 at UMass
  • Sept. 18 at Temple
  • Sept. 25 Missouri
  • Oct. 2 at Clemson
  • Oct. 9 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 16 NC State
  • Oct. 23 at Louisville
  • Oct. 30 at Syracuse
  • Nov. 5 Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 13 at Georgia Tech
  • Nov. 20 Florida State
  • Nov. 27 Wake Forest
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: The schedule is soft and out of the gate they should beat Colgate and UMass. Look for them to get to seven wins and go bowling.

2. Clemson

DraftKings Over/Under: 11.5

Clemson Tigers 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 5 Georgia (neutral site)
  • Sept. 12 at Wake Forest
  • Sept. 19 The Citadel
  • Sept. 26 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 3 Virginia
  • Oct. 10 Miami
  • Oct. 17 at Georgia Tech
  • Oct. 24 Syracuse
  • Oct. 31 Boston College
  • Nov. 7 at Notre Dame
  • Nov. 14 OPEN DATE
  • Nov. 21 at Florida State
  • Nov. 28 Pitt
  • Dec. 5 at Virginia Tech

Analysis- None of these teams are better than the Tigers (maybe Georgia) but expect a lone loss along the way.

3. Duke

DraftKings Over/Under: 4

Duke Blue Devils 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4 at Charlotte
  • Sept. 11 North Carolina A&T
  • Sept. 18 Northwestern
  • Sept. 25 Kansas
  • Oct. 2 at North Carolina
  • Oct. 9 Georgia Tech
  • Oct. 16 at Virginia
  • Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 30 at Wake Forest
  • Nov. 6 Pitt
  • Nov. 13 at Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 18 Louisville
  • Nov. 27 Miami
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: Wins over Kansas, Charlotte, and NC A&T. They are likely to pick up another along the way, how about Northwestern at home? That hits four wins.

4. Florida State

DraftKings Over/Under: 5.5

Florida State Seminoles 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 5 Notre Dame
  • Sept. 11 Jacksonville State
  • Sept. 18 at Wake Forest
  • Sept. 25 Louisville
  • Oct. 2 Syracuse
  • Oct. 9 at North Carolina
  • Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 23 UMass
  • Oct. 30 at Clemson
  • Nov. 6 NC State
  • Nov. 13 Miami
  • Nov. 20 at Boston College
  • Nov. 27 at Florida
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: When you start with Notre Dame and finish with Florida that is tough. Looking to the middle we find a few bright spots in Jacksonville Stare and UMass and maybe a win over Syracuse. I don’t see a path to 6 wins.

5. Georgia Tech

DraftKings Over/Under: 4.5

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4 Northern Illinois
  • Sept. 11 Kennesaw State
  • Sept. 18 at Clemson
  • Sept. 25 North Carolina
  • Oct. 2 Pitt
  • Oct. 9 at Duke
  • Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 23 at Virginia
  • Oct. 30 Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 6 at Miami
  • Nov. 13 Boston College
  • Nov. 20 at Notre Dame
  • Nov. 27 Georgia
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: Good warm-up schedule with likely wins over Northern Illinois and Kennesaw State, After that we find few wins with possible on toad at Duke. Not getting to five wins.

6. Louisville O/U 6.5

DraftKings Over/Under: 6.5

Louisville Cardinals 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 6 Ole Miss (in Atlanta)
  • Sept. 11 Eastern Kentucky
  • Sept. 17 UCF
  • Sept. 25 at Florida State
  • Oct. 2 at Wake Forest
  • Oct. 9 Virginia
  • Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 23 Boston College
  • Oct. 30 at NC State
  • Nov. 6 Clemson
  • Nov. 13 Syracuse
  • Nov. 18 at Duke
  • Nov. 27 Kentucky
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: They lose on the road to Clemson, Ole Miss, and UCF but win out. Maybe a random loss or two somewhere makes this a seven-win season.

7. Miami 

DraftKings Over/Under: 9.5

Miami Hurricanes 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4 Alabama (in Atlanta)
  • Sept. 11 Appalachian State
  • Sept. 18 Michigan State
  • Sept. 25 Central Connecticut
  • Sept. 30 Virginia
  • Oct. 9 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 16 at North Carolina
  • Oct. 23 NC State
  • Oct. 30 at Pitt
  • Nov. 6 Georgia Tech
  • Nov. 13 at Florida State
  • Nov. 20 Virginia Tech
  • Nov. 27 at Duke
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: Easier to count the losses. After Alabama, there is a chance to run the gamut. Probably a loss in this schedule but 10 wins are likely.

8. North Carolina State

DraftKings Over/Under: 6

NC State Wolfpack 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 2 USF
  • Sept. 11 at Mississippi State
  • Sept. 18 Furman
  • Sept. 25 Clemson
  • Oct. 2 Louisiana Tech
  • Oct. 9 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 16 at Boston College
  • Oct. 23 at Miami
  • Oct. 30 Louisville
  • Nov. 6 at Florida State
  • Nov. 13 at Wake Forest
  • Nov. 20 Syracuse
  • Nov. 26 North Carolina
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: Losses looming from Clemson, Miss State, Miami, Louisville, and Florida State give them five wins.

9. North Carolina

DraftKings Over/Under: 10

North Carolina Tarheels 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 2 at Virginia Tech
  • Sept. 11 Georgia State
  • Sept. 18 Virginia
  • Sept. 25 at Georgia Tech
  • Oct. 2 Duke
  • Oct. 9 Florida State
  • Oct. 16 Miami
  • Oct. 23 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 30 at Notre Dame
  • Nov. 6 Wake Forest*
  • Nov. 11 at Pitt
  • Nov. 20 Wofford
  • Nov. 26 at NC State
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: Look for them to lose at Clemson and Notre Dame. The pivotal game is with Florida State. Ten wins is a distinct possibility.

10. Notre Dame

DraftKings Over/Under: 9

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 5 at Florida State
  • Sept. 11 Toledo
  • Sept. 18 Purdue
  • Sept. 25 Wisconsin (in Chicago)
  • Oct. 2 Cincinnati
  • Oct. 9 at Virginia Tech
  • Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 23 USC
  • Oct. 30 North Carolina
  • Nov. 6 Navy
  • Nov. 13 at Virginia
  • Nov. 20 Georgia Tech
  • Nov. 27 at Stanford

Analysis: Notre Dame has a very brutal schedule. Look for losses against Wisconsin, NC, USC, and Stanford. That gives them eight wins.

11. Pitt 

DraftKings Over/Under: 7

Pittsburgh Panthers 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4 UMass
  • Sept. 11 at Tennessee
  • Sept. 18 Western Michigan
  • Sept. 25 New Hampshire
  • Oct. 2 at Georgia Tech
  • Oct. 9 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 16 at Virginia Tech
  • Oct. 23 Clemson
  • Oct. 30 Miami
  • Nov. 6 at Duke
  • Nov. 11 North Carolina
  • Nov. 20 Virginia
  • Nov. 27 at Syracuse
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: If they beat Tennessee they start 4-0. Beat Georgia Tech. Syracuse and Duke then they reach your seven wins.

12. Syracuse

DraftKings Over/Under: 3

Syracuse Orangemen 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4 at Ohio
  • Sept. 11 Rutgers
  • Sept. 18 Albany
  • Sept. 24 Liberty
  • Oct. 2 at Florida State
  • Oct. 9 Wake Forest
  • Oct. 15 Clemson
  • Oct. 23 at Virginia Tech
  • Oct. 30 Boston College
  • Nov. 6 OPEN DATE
  • Nov. 13 at Louisville
  • Nov. 20 at NC State
  • Nov. 27 Pitt
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: Wins over Ohio, Albany, and possibly Liberty doesn’t get them to four wins. But look for them to squeak one out to reach four wins.

13. UCF

DraftKings Over/Under: 9.5

UCF Knights 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4 Boise State
  • Sept. 11 Bethune-Cookman
  • Sept. 17 at Louisville
  • Sept. 25 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 2 at Navy
  • Oct. 9 East Carolina
  • Oct. 16 at Cincinnati
  • Oct. 22 Memphis
  • Oct. 30 at Temple
  • Nov. 6 Tulane
  • Nov. 13 at SMU
  • Nov. 20 UConn
  • Nov. 26 USF

Analysis: It appears to be an easy schedule with maybe two losses (at Boise State and at Louisville). I like the over here.

14. Virginia

DraftKings Over/Under: 6.5

Virginia Cavaliers 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4 – WILLIAM & MARY
  • Sept. 11 – ILLINOIS
  • Sept. 18 – at North Carolina
  • Sept. 24 – WAKE FOREST (Friday)
  • Sept. 30 – at Miami (Thursday)
  • Oct. 9 – at Louisville
  • Oct. 16 – DUKE
  • Oct. 23 – GEORGIA TECH
  • Oct. 30 – at BYU
  • Nov. 6 – OPEN DATE
  • Nov. 13 – NOTRE DAME
  • Nov. 20 – at Pitt
  • Nov. 27 – VIRGINIA TECH

Analysis: It doesn’t look possible to get to seven wins. They will start 2-0 and maybe grab a win over Georgia Tech.

15. Virginia Tech

DraftKings Over/Under: 7

Virginia Tech Hokies 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 4: at Maryland Terrapins (College Park, Md.)
  • Sept. 11: vs. LIU Sharks (Morgantown, W. Va.)
  • Sept. 18: vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (Morgantown, W. Va.)
  • Sept. 25: at Oklahoma Sooners (Norman, Okla.)
  • Oct. 2: vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (Morgantown, W. Va.)Oct. 9: at Baylor Bears (Waco, Texas)
  • Oct. 23: at TCU Horned Frogs (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Oct. 30: vs. Iowa State Cyclones (Morgantown, W. Va.)
  • Nov. 6: vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Morgantown, W. Va.)
  • Nov. 13: at Kansas State Wildcats (Manhattan, Kan.)
  • Nov. 20: vs. Texas Longhorns (Morgantown, W. Va.)
  • Nov. 27: at Kansas Jayhawks (Lawrence, Kan.)

Analysis: I see five clear wins but don’t anticipate them getting two more. Going under on this one.

16. Wake Forest

DraftKings Over/Under: 6.5

Wake Forest Deamon Decons 2021 Schedule

  • Sept. 3 Old Dominion
  • Sept. 11 Norfolk State
  • Sept. 18 Florida State
  • Sept. 24 at Virginia
  • Oct. 2 Louisville
  • Oct. 9 at Syracuse
  • Oct. 16 OPEN DATE
  • Oct. 23 at Army
  • Oct. 30 Duke
  • Nov. 6 at North Carolina
  • Nov. 13 NC State
  • Nov. 20 at Clemson
  • Nov. 27 at Boston College
  • Dec. 4 ACC Championship (in Charlotte)

Analysis: To get to seven wins they have to beat Florida State and Virginia. Is it possible? I am not expecting that to happen.

 

 

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