Trevor Lawrence for Heisman too?
With quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne both returning, the Tigers’ offense should continue to be among the best in the nation. Their defense should also remain among the elite, as Dabo Swinney’s team appears to be void of any weaknesses.
One interesting aspect of the 2020 season is the addition of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to the ACC for one year only. They’re currently listed as a +600 underdog to dethrone Clemson in the ACC.
Last season – as an Independent – the Fighting Irish were 11-2. For anyone wondering, against ACC opponents Notre Dame has won five straight and 10 of their last 11. With quarterback Ian Book returning for one last season the offense should be in good hands, if his somewhat experience-lacking supporting cast can carry their weight.
The game that may end up deciding the ACC this season could be on November 7 when Notre Dame plays host to Clemson.
Following Notre Dame on the ACC futures are the North Carolina Tar Heels at +800 and the Miami Hurricanes are +1000.
North Carolina was 7-6 last season, but with a little luck they could have been much better as all six of their losses came by a single touchdown or less. The Tar Heels offense should be lethal again this season led by sophomore quarterback Sam Howell, who has two solid targets in wide receivers Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome.
The North Carolina defense took some big steps forward last season and should be a strong unit again despite having a few holes to plug up front.
Miami stumbled to a disappointing 6-7 record last season, their first losing season since 2014. The Hurricanes look to give their offense a boost after bringing in transfer quarterback D’Eriq King from Houston.
He may need some extra time to get up to speed in the new offense after coronavirus hampered offseason workouts. One other area of concern for King is the Hurricane’s offensive line which was plain awful at times last season.
After Miami the rest of the odds list rises quickly, which is to be expected in a conference dominated by Clemson. Rounding out the rest of the Top 10 on the odds list are the Virginia Tech Hokies (+1800), Florida State Seminoles (+2800), Pittsburgh Panthers (+3300), Louisville Cardinals (+4000), Virginia Cavaliers (+5000) and N.C. State Wolfpack (+8000).