Before the 2005 season, the champion of the ACC conference was the team with the best record at the end of the season. The conference didn’t have the numbers it needed to be able to hold a separate championship game so, it had no choice.
But then before 2004, Virginia Tech and Miami joined bringing the conference up to 11 teams. Following the ’04 season, Boston College joined allowing the conference to split into two divisions and begin holding a championship game following the 2005 regular season.
The first game pitted Florida State and Virginia Tech against each other and saw the Seminoles come out on top 27-22. In the early years, the Hokies were a mainstay in the game appearing in five of the first seven and winning three of them.
Florida State didn’t return to the game until 2010 when it lost to a Tyrod Taylor-led Virginia Tech team, 44-33. For the last six years, the Atlantic division has owned the game with Clemson (2011, ’15, and ’16) and Florida State (2012-14) each winning it three times.
Clemson has won the last two, 45-37 over North Carolina in 2015 and 42-35 over Virginia Tech last year.
Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Virginia have yet to play in the ACC Championship game. Duke, North Carolina, and Boston College have played in it but failed to win.
There has been no significance to the location of the game. The conference has simply taken bids from cities interested in hosting the game and decided who should based on those bids. Prior to last season’s game being held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, the game has been played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Heading into 2017, odds makers favor Florida State (8/1) to win the game followed by Louisville (14/1) and Clemson (20/1). The long shots to win are Wake Forest, Virginia, Syracuse, and Boston College at 500/1.