The Tech’s have ruled the ACC Coastal Division since its 2005 inception with either Virginia or Georgia Tech winning the division title. It would probably be more accurate to say the Hokies have dominated the six team group as they have won it five times in seven years. The latest Odds to win ACC Coastal Division 2012 are predicting more of the same this season with the Hokies, who are a listed as a -7.5 College Football Point Spreads favorite in their season opener against Georgia Tech, coming in at 11-10 odds (or $100 to win $110) to win their third straight Coastal Division crown.
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Virginia Tech Hokies (11/10): Virginia Tech’s offense took a step back in 2011, going from 33.9 points per game in 2010 to 27.9 points per game last season, and it could be in line for another drop this season with just three starters returning to the unit. Gone leading rusher David Wilson and leading receivers Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin; however, quarterback Logan Thomas, who has an opportunity to develop into a truly special player, is back in the fold. The Hokies defense, which allowed just 17.6 points per game a season ago, also returns nine starters, making it, potentially, one of the more formidable groups in the nation.
North Carolina Tar Heels (5/2): If there is one team in the Coastal Division that appears, at least on paper, of surpassing the Hokies it is Larry Fedora’s North Carolina team. Fedora takes over as head coach at a strange time as the school is presently on probation and prohibited from participating in post-season play; however, the team is loaded with talent left over from the Butch Davis era. With 13 starters back from last year’s 7-6 team, including quarterback Bryn Renner, the Tar Heels could challenge the Hokies, who they will host on October 6th, for divisional superiority.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5/1): The Yellow Jackets cannot be discarded either as Head Coach Paul Johnson welcomes back 13 starters and 53 lettermen from last year’s 8-5 squad. Among those returning are quarterback Tevin Washington and potential All-ACC candidates in linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and safety Isaiah Johnson. Washington powered Georgia Tech’s triple option ground attack last season, accounting for 986 rush yards and 14 touchdowns, and he will form a potent trio with fellow leading rushers David Sims and Orwin Smith, who also return to the program, once again, this season.
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Odds to win ACC Coastal Division 2012: Provided by TopBet.eu
Virginia Tech Hokies 11/10
North Carolina Tar Heels 5/2
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 5/1
Miami Hurricanes 17/2
Virginia Cavaliers 17/2
Duke Blue Devils 30/1