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Notre Dame odds fall on Golson news

Notre Dame came within a victory of the national championship in 2013 and they were reasonable 28-1 odds to win as of Monday.

But then came the news that starting QB Evertt Golson would not return, due to undisclosed academic issues.

Oddsmakers at Bovada quickly plunged the Irish BCS odds to 40-1.

“If Notre Dame played a more up tempo offensive style of game, these odds may have been impacted a little more but until we know more regarding their offense we will not go higher than 40-1 on a team that still has a lot of talent,” explained Kevin Bradley, Sports Book Manager of Bovada.lv,

The Irish enjoyed a resurgent season but it wilted badly with a horrible BCS title game loss to Alabama and the Mant'i Teo phoney girlfriend debacle. Teo is now headed to the NFL and they were plenty of questions surrounding Notre Dame before the Golson news.

"Subtracting your starting QB with only a few months to recruit or groom a new starter is not a way to instill confidence in bettors or fans," said Jack Randall of OddsShark.com.

Alabama remains the prohibitive favorite at 3-1 odds at Bovada despite losing starters to the NFL in April's draft.

Ohio State, expected to challenge for the BCS crown, was tied with Texas A&M at 13-2 as the second betting choice. Texas A&M pivot Johnny Manziel is favored to repeat as Heisman winner.

Alabama 3/1
Ohio State 13/2
Texas A&M 13/2
Oregon 7/1
Georgia 14/1
Stanford 16/1
LSU 18/1
Florida 20/1
Field 20/1
Louisville 22/1
Clemson 25/1
Miami 28/1
Michigan 28/1
South Carolina 28/1
Florida State 33/1
Oklahoma State 33/1
Texas 33/1
Notre Dame 40/1
Nebraska 50/1
Oklahoma 50/1
UCLA 50/1
USC 50/1
TCU 66/1
Wisconsin 66/1
Boise State 100/1
Michigan State 100/1
Oregon State 100/1
Mississippi 125/1
Auburn 150/1
North Carolina 150/1
Virginia Tech 150/1
Washington 150/1
Northwestern 150/1
BYU 200/1
California 200/1
Cincinnati 200/1
Georgia Tech 200/1
Kansas State 200/1
Mississippi State 200/1
Pittsburgh 200/1
Rutgers 200/1
Arkansas 250/1
Arizona 250/1
Iowa 250/1
Tennessee 250/1
Missouri 300/1
West Virginia 300/1
Boston College 500/1
South Florida 500/1