Independents Betting Odds: 2012 Notre Dame, Navy, BYU, Army Previews
August 17, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
The number of independent college football programs remains at four for this season - and will for the next couple of seasons - before Navy joins the Big East for 2015.
Last year just two of the four independents made a bowl game. This year, all four indies have good shots to play in bowls.
Here's a quick look at college football's independent teams for this season, with college football futures betting odds for each team.
Notre Dame had 17 starters back last season, but could only go 8-5. The Irish lost their first two games, at home to South Florida and a gut-wrencher at Michigan, won four in a row, then lost to USC. The Golden Domers then won four more in a row but finished the season with a loss at Stanford and another in a bowl to Florida State.
This year Notre Dame returns 14 starters, led by 1,200-yard rusher Cierre Wood, and they should field their best team under Coach Kelly. But they'll have their hands full with a brutal schedule. The Irish open the season across the Pond vs. Navy in Ireland, later play road games at Michigan State, Oklahoma and USC, and have home dates with Michigan, Stanford, BYU and Pitt. They also take on Miami in Chicago.
Most sportsbooks tagged Notre Dame with a regular-season wins 'over/under' of 8.5 (over +150/under-180), while others are offering a price of +2500 on the Irish winning the BCS championship.
Brigham Young rebounded from a 7-6 campaign in 2010 to go 10-3 last year, winning its last four in a row, including a bowl game over Tulsa. This year the Cougars return 14 starters, led by senior QB Riley Nelson, and seven on defense, including last year's top five tacklers. The schedule is tough, but not overwhelming, with games at Utah, Boise State, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech, and home dates with Washington State and Oregon State.