There’s a lot up for grabs in the ACC in 2022. The Clemson Tigers are favorites to return to the top of the conference while defending-champion Pitt and upstart NC State vie for their glory. Sportsbooks have released ACC odds for the 2022 college football season and we’ll break it all down below. Read on for previews of every ACC team, players to watch, power rankings, and more for the upcoming season in the ACC.
ACC football odds 2022
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2022 ACC outlook and projections
Clemson Tigers ()
Never has a 10-win season been under such uncertainty and criticism. Always in the spotlight, Dabo Swinney continued his rampage through college football and for the first time, we saw doubt cast on his methodology. Both coordinators depart for head coaching jobs and there’s honest doubts around DJ Uiagalelei. An under-the-radar storyline this year for Clemson is the potential for Cade Klubnik– star recruit– to take over the starting QB job as a true freshman and what his ceiling could be. Granted, DJ U won’t be tested too much in the first four games of the season on defense. Regardless of the turmoil in Clemson, this team is not only the favorite for the ACC, but again is a favorite to make a championship run.
Pitt Panthers ()
Nearly every key contributor for Pitt from a season ago was stripped from the team and the 2022 Panthers were spit out. Gone are a Heisman finalist QB, his offensive coordinator, the Biletnikoff Award winner, and his position coach. The Panthers will attempt to replace what’s lost with USC transfer Kedon Slovis (a three-year starter) and Boston College OC Frank Cignetti. No doubt, this team is worse off than they were at the end of last season. However, oddsmakers are bullish on Pitt, listing them at wins, thanks in part to a schedule ranked 54th in strength this coming season.
Miami Hurricanes ()
Last season’s Miami team was a certified mess. They were inconsistent, albeit showed flashes of being a good team, and lost an ugly late game to Florida State. The reason for optimism? Young QB Tyler Van Dyke, who is one of the most promising playmakers in the ACC. We all know the coaching fiasco that occurred, with the informal dismissal of Manny Diaz in favor of Mario Cristobal and an ensuing circus in trying to hire an OC (they were turned down twice by candidates). There’s honest questions on the offensive line that’ll need to be answered this coming season.
NC State Wolfpack ()
If there’s one team primed to make a nuclear jump in 2022, it’s NC State. They return 82% of production (eighth), including plenty of defensive starters that finished 15th in points per drive allowed and three starters on the offensive line. However, most importantly, they return Devin Leary– a longshot Heisman candidate worth consideration. NC State is one of just 19 teams in 2022 to return both coordinators, their head coach, and their QB, an important note for early-season success.
The Wolfpack start the season off with East Carolina, Charleston Southern (FCS), Texas Tech, and UConn, meaning NC State is going to put up numbers early. Of the bunch, ECU finished with the highest points per drive allowed last season, but that was only 52nd.
North Carolina TarHeels ()
Sam Howell is out, but UNC was busy on the recruiting trail. They signed the highest-ranked class in program history (eighth nationally) and return one of the nation’s top receivers in Josh Downs. As a sophomore, Downs hauled in 101 receptions, over 1,300 yards, and eight touchdowns. UNC has two top recruits with limited college action competing for the starting QB job: Drake Maye and Jacolby Criswell. Maye is the presumed starter, but this is a competition that may not end at Week 1. Defense was a real concern for UNC last season (106th in points per drive allowed), so they hired Gene Chizik, a longtime assistant of Mack Brown at Texas.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons ()
Despite being ACC runners up, winning 11 games, and finishing inside the top 15, the outlook on Wake Forest is muted for 2022. Star QB Sam Hartman returns with 70% of roster production and we can expect another high-powered offense this season. They hired away Purdue DC Brad Lambert to direct their defense that finished 72nd in points per drive allowed. Oddsmakers are skeptical that this team gets off to an 8-0 start like last year (note: they host Clemson in Week 4), but the Demon Deacons have a lot of winnable games this coming season. wins is a high mark and, according to SP+ rankings, Wake is staring down four losses.
Florida State Seminoles ()
Credit to Florida State for not only not throwing in the towel on an 0-4 start (including an FCS loss) in 2021, but turning the ship around. They played Clemson and NC State tough and even pulled off an upset of Miami late in the year. Changes were made to the coaching staff, of course, including promoting OL coach Alex Atkins to offensive coordinator after Kenny Dillingham left for Oregon. They landed one of the most high-profile transfers, pass rusher Jared Verse out of FCS Albany. The Noles return Jordan Travis at QB and 78% of their production and supplement that with 247Sports’ fifth-ranked transfer class.
Boston College Eagles ()
The storylines surrounding Boston College are almost all centered around the return of Phil Jurkovic, who’s seen by many as the best BC quarterback since Matt Ryan. However, eyes should be on the fact that this team lost four of five starting offensive linemen and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. wins isn’t outlandish, but it does assume this team is as good, if not better, than a season ago. Both FPI and SP+ have Boston College ranked 12th in the ACC despite oddsmakers not completely agreeing.
Louisville Cardinals ()
Head coach Scott Satterfield has posted a 0.486 win percentage in three seasons at Louisville, but optimism around the team is high. Star QB Malik Cunningham returns along with 79% of roster production, including 18 starters. The Cardinals also landed some playmakers in the transfer portal, notably Tennessee running back TiYon Evans. They also hired Notre Dame’s Lance Taylor to direct the offense in 2022. The pieces are in place and Louisville looks to build off their 6-7 record of last year; note that five of their seven losses a year ago came to ranked teams (Ole Miss, Wake Forest, NC State, Clemson, Kentucky).
Virginia Cavaliers ()
Virginia brought in Clemson OC Tony Elliott to be their head coach after Bronco Mendenhall surprisingly stepped down after the 2021 season. Elliott was one of the highest-paid coordinators in the nation and was one of the top head coaching candidates despite a tough 2021 for the Clemson offense. He retains star quarterback Brennan Armstrong, who finished fourth in passing yards nationally. The Cavaliers were 92nd in penalty yards per game a season ago and nearly all of their assistant hirings come from service academies (expect that number to drop).
Virginia Tech Hokies ()
Despite a thrilling start to 2021, Virginia Tech cleaned house. They bring in Penn State DC Brent Pry as head coach along with several intriguing assistants– Georgia State OC Brad Glenn, Wisconsin OL coach Joe Rudolph, and Florida State DC Chris Marve. However, the Hokies were one of the hardest-hit teams by the transfer portal. They look to replace their two top receivers, starting quarterback, and two top defensive players. Their win total stands at , just about a lateral step from last season.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ()
Patience is wearing thin with Geoff Collins, who has yet to win more than three games in Atlanta (three seasons). It’s an uphill battle for Ramblin’ Wreck, who play a brutal schedule (the nation’s third-toughest, per ESPN FPI) and lose one of the most talented playmakers in the nation, Jahmyr Gibbs (transferred to Alabama). It’s not only possible, but likely Georgia Tech will be an early coaching vacancy should they get off to a start too far below 0.500.
Syracuse Orange ()
A very good Syracuse team isn’t so far out of memory that Dino Babers isn’t being held to lofty standards. In comes Virginia OC Robert Anae– whose pass-happy offensive style clashes with the strengths of Syracuse’s run-heavy attack. They landed Garrett Schrader, a dual-threat QB from Mississippi State, and return 1,000-yard rusher Sean Tucker, further adding to their potential lean in the run game. A good portion of their defense returns, too, a unit that was one of the best in the ACC last year.
Duke Blue Devils ()
It takes more than the hiring of Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko as head coach to instill confidence in Duke. According to 247Sports, they have the 12th-most talent on their roster in the ACC and return 49% of production from a season ago. Quarterback is a question mark and both options (Luca Diamont, Riley Leonard) have a combined 38 TD passes to 42 combined interceptions over the past three seasons. Unsurprisingly, these guys are slotted for wins this coming season.
Players to watch
DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson: Once a Heisman frontrunner, DJ U struggled mightily a season ago. This season, he loses offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, but quarterbacks coach Wes Goodwin steps in. The pressure is on as star-in-waiting Cade Klubnik comes to campus and could assume the starting role should Uiagalelei struggle again.
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami: The Hurricanes found their step once making Tyler Van Dyke the starter last year; they won five of their last six including a game over surging Pitt. TVD threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns in his eight starts and Miami scored at least 28 in every game he started (at least 30 in six of those).
Kedon Slovis, QB, Pitt: Slovis was a three-year starter at USC before transferring to Pitt this past offseason. He accumulated a 14-10 record as a starter through maligned coaching and overall underwhelming seasons. However, Pitt’s old offensive coordinator Mark Whipple– who helped develop Kenny Pickett and Jordan Addison– is gone (as is Addison).
Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forest: Hartman led the Demon Deacons to their first 11-win season since 2006 and second ever. Hartman likely would have been an NFL Draft pick this year, but he returns for Year 5 in Winston Salem after throwing for over 4,200 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2021. Hartman and Wake are seeking a second consecutive ACC Atlantic title.
Devin Leary, QB, NC State: The ACC is a very quarterback-heavy conference this coming season. Perhaps the most ready to take a massive step forward is NC State’s Devin Leary. He led returning QBs in completion percentage and average yards per attempt in 2021, two proven metrics of players prepared to jump onto the national stage. He returns the entire offensive line– a very good unit– and most of his weapons from a year ago.
ACC Power Rankings 2022
1. Clemson: Clemson has the conference’s best head coach, the most roster talent, and they rank most highly in FPI and SP+. They’re the ACC’s lone national contender.
2. NC State: Watch out for the Wolfpack this year. Realistically, NC State could enter November at 7-1 and pushing up on a top-15 ranking and their QB is a prime candidate to explode into the Heisman conversation.
3. Wake Forest: They return Sam Hartman and that slow-mesh offense. They went out and hired a better defensive coordinator, which was Wake’s undoing last year. Oddsmakers are fairly hesitant on them, but there’s no reason to believe Wake takes a step backwards this year.
4. Miami FL: Miami has one of the better head coach-quarterback duos in the ACC and that combo goes a long, long ways. Their big games are reasonably broken up throughout the year and TVD is a real, honest playmaker.
5. Pittsburgh: Another team we disagree with the oddsmakers on. Pitt was poached for all their parts and spit back out. They avoid the toughest teams in the ACC which may help with win total, but their first two games (vs. WVU, at Tennessee) could realistically start them off at 0-2.
ACC results 2021
|Atlantic||Conference Record||Coastal||Conference Record|
|NC State||6-2||Miami FL||5-3|
|Florida State||4-4||North Carolina||3-5|
Past conference champions
*Indicates National Champion
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How to bet on conference winners
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When it comes to betting on ACC futures, there’s several factors that weigh more heavily on college football than, say, the NFL:
- Returning production
- Coaching prowess
- Offensive line cohesiveness and depth
- Star quarterbacks
With major gaps in talent, the college football landscape looks very different from professional football. It’s important to note what factors do and do not matter at this level. For example, lots of emphasis is put on recruiting. While it is important, 2022 recruiting classes likely won’t see the field for another year or two and their impact won’t be felt for some time. Also consider which teams are good at developing talent and which are not; NC State is a program that’s always done a lot with lower-ranked recruiting classes whereas Miami is a team that consistently under-delivers despite signing some of the top classes in the nation.