Which ACC Football Teams Do Best in September?

Which ACC Football Teams Do Best in September?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

It seems too soon but it’s not. There will be a lot of college football to watch this weekend.

And a few weeks later, New York sports betting will be in full gear when the NFL season gets under way.

On the college front, EmpireStakes.com decided to examine some trends for teams starting the season.

We utilized Sports-Reference.com to find the records of every Atlantic Coast Conference team in September since 2012. We then charted the best to worst teams during the first full month of the CFB season. (Note that all teams didn’t participate in the same number of games, so ranking is based on win percentage).

Here is the September skinny, from EmpireStakes.com, your source for NY sportsbook promos.

Best ACC Football Teams in Sept. Since 2012

Although you can’t bet on in-state teams with New York sports betting apps, here is info you can use should you choose to place a wager on other teams Syracuse faces.

Rank, Team Record Win Pct.
1. Clemson 38-4 .905
2. NC State 32-9 .780
3. Miami 32-10 .762
4. Florida State 28-12 .700
5. Virginia Tech 29-13 .690
6. Duke 30-14 .682
7. Louisville 32-15 .681
8. Wake Forest 28-15 .651
9. Pittsburgh 27-17 .614
T10. Boston College 24-19 .558
T10. Syracuse 24-19 .558
12. Virginia 23-20 .535
13. Georgia Tech 22-21 .512
14. North Carolina 19-21 .475


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Syracuse Near Bottom of ACC in Sept.

Syracuse is tied for 10th with Boston College with overall records of 24-19 (.558) in the first month of the season. Last month EmpireStakes.com examined how Syracuse coach Dino Babers has fared against the spread.

On this September chart, Clemson (38-4, .905), North Carolina State (32-9, .780) and Miami (Fla.) (32-10, .762) form the top three and are the only teams to have 30 wins or more in that time span.

The Orange will play four of their first five games at home in September. Here is the lowdown:

  • In-state rival Colgate visits Sept. 2 in the season home opener and MAC opponent Western Michigan comes to town Sept. 9 at 3:30 p.m.
  • The first road game is at Purdue Sept. 16 at (NBC/Peacock, 7:30 p.m.). In only their second meeting all-time, Syracuse edged Purdue at home, 32-29, last season.
  • Another in-state rival and always tough Army visits Sept 23. Syracuse leads the all-time series, 11-10, and this will be the first meeting since the Orange defeated the Black Knights at home, 42-17, in 1996.
  • The preseason No. 9 Clemson Tigers visit to end the month Sept. 30. Clemson leads the all-time series, 9-2, and has won five in a row, including a tough 27-21 home victory last season.

Analysis: The mind says 3-2, but the heart says the Orange will be 4-0 entering their showdown with Clemson.




Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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