Earlier this month, the over-under win totals for college football teams became public around the Internet. While these numbers are generally used for gambling, the lines set give an interesting picture as to who the bookmakers believe to be the best teams in the country. Here’s a look at the ACC football O/U totals for the 2012 season and analysis on if each team can reach or exceed the prediction.
Florida State Seminoles — 9.5
Clemson Tigers — 8.5
N.C. State Wolfpack — 7.5
Wake Forest Demon Deacons — 5.5
Boston College Eagles — 5.5
Maryland Terrapins — 4.5
Considering the expectations at Florida State and Clemson, anything less than exceeding their preseason marks will be disappointing. If Mike Glennon can take the next step at N.C. State, the Wolfpack have a very good chance to be an over in 2012. As far as the bottom of the Atlantic goes, don’t expect more than one of Wake Forest, Boston College and Maryland to be a surprise. In fact, with the quarterback issues in College Park, Maryland looks like the easy choice to be an under in the Atlantic.
Virginia Tech Hokies — 9.5
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets — 8
North Carolina Tar Heels — 7.5
Miami Hurricanes — 7
Virginia Cavaliers — 7
Duke Blue Devils — 3.5
Virginia Tech is clearly the favorite on the Coastal side — by 1.5 games over the closest foe. Interestingly, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will open in a battle of the Techs in Week 1. Frank Beamer’s teams often start slow and finish strong, but an ACC loss so early in the season could shift the balance of power in this division. For the first time in years, Virginia Tech might not surpass their prediction. As for the middle of the Coastal Division, Miami may get to seven wins, but it won’t be easy. Road games at Kansas State, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame loom large, as does a showdown with Florida State in late October. Looking for a surprise? Improvement by Duke is here. They can exceed the 3.5 over/under expectation.