Most college football analysts believe the Clemson Tigers roll through the Atlantic Coast Conference. But the Tigers must play this season without Trevor Lawrence, the top pick in this past April’s NFL Draft. Without Lawrence, a couple of teams, the Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina Tar Heels, hope to take advantage of a Clemson squad in transition. Do the Heels and Canes have a shot? Check out our Top 5 fearless ACC predictions in 2021!
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5 Fearless College Football Betting Predictions for ACC in 2021
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Prediction #1 – North Carolina goes undefeated in the ACC
We made this our top overall prediction because Mac Brown’s squad is, finally, on the verge of becoming a force in the ACC. The Tar Heels lost 3 last season, but only 2 of the games were in the ACC and both were versus teams, Virginia and Florida State, they should have beaten. This season, UNC should roll through their schedule. Sam Howell returns at quarterback a junior, the running back is graduate transfer Ty Chandler, and the offensive line shows 3 seniors and 2 juniors. If the Heels can get by Virginia Tech on the road in their first game, that should set the tone for an undefeated ACC season.
Prediction #2 – Clemson goes undefeated in the ACC
Clemson’s toughest game, without a doubt, is on Sep. 4 when they battle SEC power Georgia. If the Tigers beat Georgia, they will head into the ACC Championship with an undefeated record. The ACC schedule is pathetic. Not that it’s Clemson’s fault. No team in the Tigers’ division, NC State, Syracuse, Florida State, should crack the Top 25.
Prediction #3 – Both North Carolina’s Jr. and Clemson’s D.J. Uiagalelei are Heisman Finalists
Last season, star Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence had to take a seat due to a COVID positive. While on the bench, D.J. Uagalelei tore it up. Uagalelei completed 78-of-117 for 66.7%. He threw for 914 yards, a 7.8 per completion average, and threw 5 TDs and 0 picks. Uagalelei should end up receiving an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony. North Carolina’s Howell should also get an invitation. The Tar Heels’ quarterback threw for 3,586 yards and 30 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions. Howell completed over 68% of his passes. He also rushed for 5 TDs. Both Howell and Uagalelei should have excellent seasons. Why? Outside of Clemson, NorthCarolina, and Miami, the ACC shouldn’t field great teams, meaning Uagalelei and Howell will pad the stat sheet.
Prediction #4 – Miami loses 2 games this season
The Hurricanes have had trouble taking the next step. This season, they’ll have trouble again. Don’t get us wrong, Miami is one of the better teams in the ACC. Quarterback D’Eriq King is a legit Heisman Trophy contender. But King heads into 2021 off an injury. Plus, the Canes start the season versus Alabama, which will be a bad loss, and then must travel to North Carolina. Miami loses both those games. They solidify their position as the third best program in the ACC, though, which in a way, will be a huge win. But it won’t be enough to play for the ACC Championship.
Prediction #5 – North Carolina beats Clemson in the ACC Championship
Speaking of the ACC Championship, this is the season Brown’s North Carolina Tar Heels upset Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers. Both teams are loaded on both sides of the ball. The difference? Sam Howell is a junior, which makes him Mac Brown’s field general. D.J. Uagalelei has yet prove he can lead the Tigers throughout an entire season. Howell will be the difference in the ACC Championship game, handing the Tar Heels the conference trophy and a possible College Football Playoff berth.