Week 1 was a rough one for the ACC. Defending national champion Florida State looked vulnerable in a win against Oklahoma State. Clemson ran into a superhero named Todd Gurley in its loss to Georgia. And heck, even Wake Forest lost an embarrassing opener at Louisiana-Monroe. Week 2 brings few chances for redemption, with only Virginia Tech playing in a nationally-attractive non-conference game.
Let's take a look at what Vegas thinks of the ACC's odds in Week 2:
1) The Conference Game:
Boston College is a 4-point UNDERDOG at home against Pittsburgh (Friday)
Both of these teams looked impressive in their openers against weaker opponents. Pittsburgh trucked Delaware 62-0. It was the Panthers' first shutout in nine years. BC made quick work of UMass 30-7 behind the play of transfer quarterback Tyler Murphy. Neither the Panthers nor the Eagles came into the 2014 season with much hype. A win on Friday would help convert fans into believers.
2) The National Showcase Game:
Virginia Tech is an 11-point UNDERDOG on the road at Ohio State
The Hokies travel to Columbus this weekend for what appears to be a more winnable game now than it did before Braxton Miller's injury. Tech's offense was efficient in a Week 1 win over William & Mary, but it will face a much sterner test against the Buckeyes. Frank Beamer's team has collected a number of impressive non-conference wins throughout the years. If quarterback Michael Brewer can steer the offense effectively again, the Hokies could hang around until the very end.
3) The "Meh" Games:
NC State is a 16-point favorite at home against Old Dominion
Duke is a 19-point favorite on the road at Troy
Georgia Tech is a 10-point favorite on the road at Tulane
North Carolina is a 15-point favorite at home against San Diego State
NC State almost suffered a ghastly defeat last week against Georgia Southern. They'll look to improve on that against an Old Dominion team that only has one FBS win in program history. Georgia Tech pulled away from Wofford in the second-half in Week 1. The Jackets make a small step up in weight class this week when they travel to perennial doormat Tulane. North Carolina trailed Liberty in the third quarter before pulling away. Unless there's ANOTHER cheating or hazing scandal to distract the Tar Heels this weekend, they should be able to handle San Diego State.
And Duke...did anyone think they'd ever see Duke as a 19-point road favorite? The Devils should improve to 2-0.
4) Games Against FCS Teams:
Clemson vs. South Carolina State (no line)
Virginia vs. Richmond (no line)
Wake Forest vs. Gardner Webb (no line)
Louisville vs. Murray State (no line)
Miami vs. Florida A&M (no line)
Florida State vs. The Citadel (no line)
Clemson, Wake, Virginia, and Miami look to pick up their first wins of the season against FCS opponents. The more interesting betting odds for the game in Charlottesville would be the over/under on how many of the quarterbacks that see action will eventually play for both Virginia and Richmond in their careers. One also has to wonder if that FSU-Citadel game will go a full four quarters or if the officials will call it early...