ACC Betting Preview: Buying North Carolina & Miami (FL)

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CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 14: Sam Howell #7 of the North Carolina Tar Heels scrambles against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 14, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Tar Heels won 59-53. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Andrew Doughty @DoughtyBetMGM Jul 28, 2021, 8:29 PM

In June 2013, the ACC announced the conference schedule rotation from 2014-25, revealing the eight conference opponents for each team in each of the 12 years. At the time, everyone was eyeing the Florida State-Clemson game in 2014 and other blockbuster matchups in the near future. 

For several reasons, no one was eyeing North Carolina’s 2021 opponents:

Home: Duke, Miami (FL), Virginia, and Florida State
Road: Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State

At the time, North Carolina was stuck in mediocrity. Five months removed from another eight-win season – their fifth straight with seven or eight wins – the Tar Heels were on their third head coach since 2010 and years away from national relevance. Frankly, no one cared whom North Carolina was scheduled to play in 2021.

Eight years later, everyone cares whom nationally relevant North Carolina is scheduled to play in 2021. Or, more importantly, whom they’re not scheduled to play: Clemson. 

The Tar Heels have a regular-season win total of 9.5, tied with Miami (FL) for the second-highest total in the ACC (Clemson, 11.5). They haven’t exceeded nine wins since 2015, one of only five seasons with at least 10 regular-season wins in program history. 

This week on High Motor by BetMGM, in the first of seven college football preview episodes, we discussed ACC betting, including why we like North Carolina and Miami to hit their overs, if Boston College can win at least eight games, and if Florida State will suck.

Listen below or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere else podcasts are available:

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Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.

Andrew Doughty is a writer for BetMGM with a focus on college football, NFL, college basketball, and NASCAR. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he previously wrote for Sports Illustrated and HERO Sports.