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Independents Football Betting Preview

The number of Division-IA Independents has grown to seven teams this season as a few programs find themselves in a one-year holding pattern before joining a new conference. At the top of this list, as always, is Notre Dame. The Irish come into the 2013 season fresh off a trip to last season’s BCS Championship Game.

Notre Dame (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 50/1)

The Fighting Irish set the bar pretty high for this season after last year’s 12-1 straight-up run that ended on a sour note with a 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS title game as 10-point underdogs. They did not fare nearly as well against the spread with an overall record of 7-6 that included a 3-5 ATS record at home. The total stayed UNDER in 10 of their 13 games.

BYU (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada 200/1)

The Cougars' first season as Independents resulted in an 8-5 record SU and a 7-6 record ATS. They were 2-4 ATS at home but a profitable 5-2 ATS on the road. BYU closed out the season on a 4-1 SU (3-2 ATS) run including a 23-6 victory over San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl as a 3-point favorite.

Army (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

In was a long season for the Black Knights in 2012 with just two SU victories against 10 losses. They went 4-8 ATS overall while failing to cover in all four of their road games. Army closed out the season with a tight 17-13 loss to Navy, but as a moral victory to bettors, it covered as a 6.5-point underdog.

Idaho (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

The Vandals will play as an Independent this season after the Western Athletic Conference decided to disband for the sport of football. They won just one conference game in the WAC last season and finished the year 1-11 SU. Idaho was also costly to wager on with a 3-9 record ATS.

Navy (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

The Midshipmen went a solid 8-5 SU last season but they failed to cover in nine of their 13 games. They went 3-2 SU in their final five games of the year but 0-5 ATS. After the total went OVER in Navy’s 50-10 loss to Notre Dame on opening day, it stayed UNDER in eight of its next 11 games.

New Mexico State (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

The Aggies are another casualty from the WAC and they will play as an Independent this season before joining the Sun Belt in 2014. They have nowhere to go but up this season after posting a dreadful 1-11 SU record in 2012. They were slightly better ATS at 4-8 with a 2-4 ATS record both at home and on the road.

Old Dominion (Odds to win BCS Championship at Bovada OFF)

The Monarchs join the ranks of Division IA after a two-year stint in the D-IAA Colonial Athletic Association were they went 21-5 SU the past two seasons. They will join Conference USA in 2014 after playing this season as an Independent.