College football has undergone several dramatic changes since the turn of the century. For starters, triple option and true pro-style offenses are increasingly becoming a thing of the past; recruiting budgets have skyrocketed; and the national championship is decided by a four-team playoff. One thing that remains constant, though, is the level of entertainment that college football brings to its fans.
Here’s who the oddsmakers in Las Vegas pick to win each college football conference championship in 2017.
[Editor’s note: Article based on odds as of July 3, 2017.]
- Favorite: Florida State (+135)
- Top contenders:
- Louisville (+350)
- Clemson (+400)
- Miami (FL) (+800)
- Virginia Tech (+800)
In case you haven’t noticed, the ACC is much more than a basketball conference. If you don’t believe us, just consider the fact that they’ll enter the 2017 season with both the reigning Heisman Trophy winner (Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson) and the reigning College Football Playoff national champions (Clemson).
The Vegas oddsmakers currently list Florida State as the odds-on favorite to win the 2017 ACC title. They will face Louisville, who can compete with any team in the country as long as Jackson stays healthy; Clemson, who will be tough to beat if they can find a viable replacement for Deshaun Watson; Miami, who will again be loaded with NFL-caliber talent; and Virginia Tech, who should be even better in Justin Fuente’s second season as the team’s head coach.