The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the Notre Dame football team would join the fourteen football members for the 2020 season.
The Notre Dame football program joining forces with the ACC for this upcoming season is a fitting storyline for the whirlwind of 2020. In the future, visitors to the Guglielmino athletics complex may inquisitively look at an ACC football championship trophy. The odds of that happening are relatively high.
With Notre Dame’s addition to the conference for the 2020 calendar year and a nearly exclusive ACC schedule, the championship futures shifted extensively.
Clemson remains a major favorite to win the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2020. The Tigers return Quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Running Back Travis Etienne to a roster stocked with blue-chip recruits.
At the bottom third of the conference, Georgia Tech (+15000), Boston College (+12500), Syracuse (+10000), Duke (+10000), and Wake Forest (+7500) rank from fifteenth to tenth respectively. The Fighting Irish play all five of these teams.
North Carolina State (+4000), Pittsburgh (+4000), Virginia (+4000), Louisville (+3000) and Virginia Tech (+2000) are the next five programs. Only the Panthers and Cardinals appear on Notre Dame’s updated slate.
The Florida State Seminoles (+2000) and new coach Mike Norvell are the fifth most likely team. North Carolina (+1400) and Miami (+1000) are third and fourth respectively. Notre Dame plays Florida State at home and North Carolina on the road.
Notre Dame (+700) enters the betting as the second place favorite. The Irish are the most stable and talented program in the fifteen-team group aside from the Clemson Tigers.
This year, the ACC Championship goes through Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson (-550) is far and away the favorite to win the ACC Championship.
Regardless of the changes made to the Notre Dame football schedule, the season will be judged on whether or not the Fighting Irish can beat Clemson and win the big one. Fair or not, Brian Kelly, Ian Book and the Notre Dame program will never be viewed as truly successful until they beat a top-tier team like Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State or Alabama.
Even if Notre Dame falls to Clemson (or vice versa) in the regular season, based on Vegas futures betting, the Irish and Tigers are a good bet to play in Charlotte, North Carolina on Dec. 12 or Dec. 19 for the ACC Championship.
For those who think the Irish can the ACC, Vegas believes Notre Dame is worth the money.