NCAA point spread data shows that Navy led the way for Independents in 2008 as the Middies went 8-5 and 5-7 against the football spreads NCAA number.
NCAA point spread data had Navy a very good over team as they went over in 8 of their 12 lined games in 2008. Notre Dame and Army were under teams. Notre Dame had the worst offense in the country and went under in 9 of their 12 games according to NCAA point spread numbers. Army went under in 6 of their 10 lined games according to football spreads NCAA numbers. Temple was part of the Independent list in the past but they move into the MAC conference for the 2008 season according to NCAA point spread stats. The other two teams, Notre Dame and Army suffered very poor seasons both straight up and against the football spreads NCAA number.
|Temple Owls||Navy Midshipmen|
|Army Cadets||Notre Dame Fighting|
Looking ahead to 2008 there are a lot of changes in store for the Independents. Notre Dame has a lot of returning starters and a much easier schedule according to NCAA point spread data. Navy has a new coach and a lot of offensive talent returning according to football spreads NCAA experts. Army also has a new coach according to NCAA point spread experts and he will try and improve one of the worst teams in the country.
Notre Dame gets a lot of attention on the NCAA point spread boards each week but they have been a bad bet almost since the time Charlie Weis arrived. They are over-hyped according to NCAA point spread experts and they have been a disaster under Weis. The 2008 season will be one in which the Irish must improve or even with his big contract Weis could be in trouble. Navy has been on the other side of that NCAA point spread coin. They are vastly underrated and usually are competitive in most games. It will be interesting to see under the new head coach whether that NCAA point spread success continues. Army has just been a mess and another new coach may not change that in terms of football spreads NCAA numbers.