Independents CFB betting sneak peek: Odds, picks, predictions

Aug 15, 2023, 09:30 AM ET The 2023 college football season is quickly set to begin for the 4 independent groups in the country, Notre Dame, UMass, UConn, and Army.The Combating Irish of Notre Dame will invite a brand-new starting quarterback, as former Wake Forest signal-caller Sam Hartman will call South Bend his home this season. In front of him, will be a schedule featuring 3 top-10 challengers, Ohio State, USC, and Clemson.UMass and UConn will fight it out for the Interstate 91 crown

, while Army will finish their season facing historic competing Navy for the Leader In Chief prize, among college football’s most popular traditions.Resources: Schedule|Futures|Standings|Rankings |

Football Power Index Favorite futures for 2023 season Notre Dame Fighting Irish under 9 wins(-160)The losses of offensive planner Tommy Rees and tight end Michael Mayer

will be felt, even if the Irish did update the quarterback position with inbound transfer Sam Hartman( Wake Forest ). The defensive line is a concern, and there are question marks in the secondary for an unit that struggled strongly at a loss zone last season. Home dates versus Ohio State and the USC Trojans, not to discuss a trip to Clemson, loom big on the schedule. And do not sleep on the Louisville and Pittsburgh games, either.Notable game lines Navy vs Notre Dame(-20, 50)Saturday, August 26, 2:30 p.m., Aviva Arena, Dublin, Ireland UMass at New Mexico State(-8, 42.5)Saturday, August 26, 12 noon, Aggie Memorial Arena, Las
Cruces, New Mexico NC State (-15.5, 48)at UConn Thursday, August 31, 7:30 p.m., Pratt & Whitney Stadium, East
Hartford, Connecticut Army(-7.5, 48.5 )at Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, September 2

, 7 p.m., Malone Stadium, Monroe, Louisiana UMass at Auburn(-39, 53)Saturday, September 2,

3:30 p.m., Jordan-Hare Arena, Auburn
, Alabama Ohio State(-7.5 )at Notre Dame Saturday, September

23, 7:30 p.m., Notre DameStadium, South Bend, Indiana Notre Dame(-4)at Louisville Saturday, October 7, Cardinal Arena, Louisville, Kentucky USC(
-1)at Notre Dame Saturday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., Notre Dame Arena, South Bend,

Indiana Notre Dame at Clemson(-7
)Saturday, November 4, Memorial Arena, Clemson, South

Carolina Navy vs. Army(-1.5) Saturday, December 8, 3:00 p.m., Gillette Arena, Foxboro, Massachusetts More conferences: SEC|ACC
| Huge 12|Pac-12|Big Ten Group notes Notre Dame Combating Irish Have reviewed win overall in 4 of last five seasons(2023 over/under: 8.5 wins)16-6 ATS versus ranked

groups last 5 seasons (5-1 ATS last season)

Home underdogs twice in 2023 (+7.5 vs Ohio State, +1 vs USC ). Notre Dame has

  • not been a home underdog twice in one season since 2010. Notre Dame is 6-1 outright and

    ATS as a house underdog considering that 2014. Army Black Knights Over the past 20 seasons

  • , service academy games have actually gone under 78%of the time (47 out of 60 games). The Army-Navy game on Dec. 10, 2022, closed at 32 for the over/under, which was the most affordable of any service academy game given that a minimum of 2000. And ball game was 10-7 with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter before Army required overtime with a late field goal. Both groups scored on their play in their particular overtimes to discuss the overall.

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