ACC Week 6 Betting Tips and Picks: 5 Best Games to Bet

ACC Week 6 Betting Tips and Picks: 5 Best Games to Bet

Quick Tips

  • Syracuse to cover -3.5 on SugarHouse
  • NC State to cover -4.5 on SugarHouse
  • Clemson to cover -17 on SugarHouse
  • Miami to cover -14 on SugarHouse
  • Notre Dame to cover -6.5 on SugarHouse

Syracuse and Duke each fell from the ranks of the undefeated a week ago, while Clemson and North Carolina State continue on with untarnished record. Now, Clemson heads out on the road to face overmatched Wake Forest, while NCSU hosting a Boston College team it should beat. NCAA betting is ripe across the conference, so here’s the best ACC bets this weekend:

Syracuse (-3.5) at Pittsburgh

Syracuse is coming off its first loss of the season, falling 27-23 to Clemson in a game the Orange led in the final minutes. How Syracuse gets over the tough defeat will likely be the biggest hurdle it faces against Pittsburgh.

The Orange are averaging 44 points and putting up 480 yards of offense per game. There is no reason to think Syracuse shouldn’t continue to roll against a Pittsburgh defense ranking second-to-last in both aforementioned statistical categories.

The Panthers shouldn’t offer much in the way of a challenge. Pittsburgh has lost two games in a row, three of its past four and its only wins are over a struggling Georgia Tech squad and Albany of the FCS.

If Syracuse put the Clemson behind them and focuses on the task at hand, expect the Orange to win, easily covering the 3.5-point spread on SugarHouse .

Boston College at No. 23 North Carolina State (-4.5)

Boston College may be without star running back AJ Dillon, who rushed for 161 yards and two scores in a win over Temple last weekend before leaving with an apparent ankle injury. Dillon’s status is uncertain and his availability will swing whether the Eagles stand a reasonable chance against the Wolfpack.

Dillon is the ACC’s leading rusher and the Eagles are going to need him against a Wolfpack defense that is giving up the third-fewest rushing yards per game. With Dillon in the lineup, BC is an effective offense that can score - its 43.2 points per game trails only Syracuse and Miami within the conference - and creates the possibility it can control the tempo facing a Wolfpack defense ranked first overall in the ACC and allowing only 15.3 points per game.

Because if the Eagles struggle to score this is a game possessing the potential to get out of hand early where Wolfpack quarterback Ryan Finley, the ACC’s second-leading passer, lights up the scoreboard while Eagles fail to get anything going on offense.

Take the Wolfpack to cover on SugarHouse.

No. 4 Clemson (-17) at Wake Forest

It wasn’t too long ago Clemson’s depth at the quarterback position was something that made other teams envious. That depth, however, is now being stretched thin.

Freshman starter Trevor Lawrence suffered concussion-like symptoms in the Syracuse game and his status is questionable going into the weekend. This follows senior Kelly Bryant, the starter heading into the season, announcing last he would transfer after Lawrence supplanted him on the depth chart. All of which leaves untested Chase Brice as the possible starter against Wake Forest.

The good news for the Tigers is that their defense remains one of the best in the country. Although the Demon Deacons are second to Clemson in the ACC in total offense, that success has come against the likes of Townson (51 points) and Rice (56 points). And when Wake Forest faced upper echelon competition in the form of Notre Dame and Boston College, it gave up 56 and 41 points, respectively.

Clemson will win Saturday, it’s only a question of how much. If Lawrence plays, expect a blowout. If he doesn’t, the margin will be less, though still considerable. Either way, your bet should be Clemson covers the 17-point spread on SugarHouse.

Florida State at No. 17 Miami (-14)

Rivalry games are always challenging to forecast, even when one of the teams appears to hold a decided edge. But in this instance it is hard to fathom how Florida State’s porous offensive line is going to be able to hold up against a Hurricanes defensive unit renowned for getting after the quarterback and ranked second overall in the country in total defense.

This has all the makings of a game where Miami harasses FSU quarterback Deondre Francois throughout, leading to several turnovers (break out the chain). It also doesn’t help that the Seminoles are ineffective running the ball and will have difficulty putting together sustained drives to wear down the Hurricanes.

Miami is not the only the better team, but they match up perfectly against the Seminoles. Take The U to cover on SugarHouse.

No. 6 Notre Dame (-6.5) at No. 24 Virginia Tech

On paper this is one of the spotlight games of the weekend featuring two ranked teams. Closer inspection, however, indicates this is unlikely be much of a contest.

Notre Dame already has a pair of impressive victories on its résumé, most recently blasting Stanford last week where the Fighting Irish outscored the Cardinal 17-3 in the second half. And the once so-so Irish offense is now clicking with the insertion of quarterback Ian Book into the starting lineup, adding more explosiveness to the unit.

As for Virginia Tech, it was only two weeks ago when they were on the wrong side of the biggest upset of the season. The Hokies rebounded with a solid victory over previously undefeated Duke (31-14), but the absence of injured quarterback Josh Jackson means the offense could struggle to score against Notre Dame’s 35th-ranked defense nationally.

Notre Dame is the pick to cover a suspect 6.5-point spread on SugarHouse.

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