Bad news for Irish fans: Vegas did the same prior to the 2011 season and Notre Dame lost four of 12 en route to the Champs Sports Bowl.
But the best news for Irish fans: third-year head coach Brian Kelly has won 18 of his last 19 games as a favorite, with only the infamous no-show vs. USC in October 2011 ending in defeat. (That impressive 18 for 19 streak is on the heels the Irish dropping five of their first 10 games under Kelly when labeled favorites.)
Current Irish OddsEach is subject to change and most will when games and early season results are in, but each is also a live betting line available through Golden Nugget as of today. Golden Nugget released just 250 game lines -- all 12 of Notre Dame's were included:
Notre Dame -24 vs. Temple: The Irish were favored over the Owls by 28 prior to Golson's expulsion. (It was the only game available with a point spread at the time.) Notre Dame is 2-1 in openers under Kelly but covered the spread just once, last year vs. Navy, a 50-10 victory in Dublin.
Notre Dame EVEN at Michigan: I assume this line will move to favor the Wolverines by at least a point by game time. Notre Dame has won in Ann Arbor once since 1993, recording a 17-10 upset of the Wolverines in 2005.
Notre Dame -14 at Purdue: Kelly's Irish cruised in their only trip to West Lafayette during his tenure, a 38-10 win in 2011. The Irish are 1-2 vs. the spread against Purdue under Kelly though most important, are 3-0 where it counts most. (Of note, Vegas lists Purdue as a 14-point underdog at Cincinnati in the Boilermakers opening game.)
Notre Dame -6 vs. Michigan State: Notre Dame has covered all three vs. the Spartans under Kelly though they lost once, 34-31 in overtime (MSU was favored by 3.5). The Irish have outscored Mark Dantonio's squad 51-14 in the last two meetings including a 31-13 ND win the last time the pair squared off in South Bend, 2011.
Notre Dame -2 vs. Oklahoma: This is likely the first line that could see a major swing: if Notre Dame is 4-0, look for the Irish to be favored by as many as 4.5 or 5.5 vs. Oklahoma (regardless of the Sooners record). If the Irish struggle prior to the Sooners' trip to South Bend, Oklahoma could be a rare road favorite in the House that Rockne Built.
Notre Dame -4 vs. Arizona State: The Irish have hammered three Shamrock Series foes under Kelly by a combined score of 114-27, and at least 14 of those 27 opponents' points were irrelevant/cosmetic. But the Sun Devils are far better than previous natural foes Army, Maryland, and Miami. Like the Oklahoma line, this one is subject to change greatly pending the teams' respective performance. Kelly and the Irish are 5-3 in neutral site games overall, losing to Navy (2010), Florida State (2011) and Alabama last year.
Notre Dame -5 vs. USC: The Irish haven't beaten USC in South Bend since 2001. So there's that. Notre Dame is 2-1 vs. USC under Kelly and 2-1 against the spread, dropping the 2011 meeting between the team's in South Bend, 31-17 as favorites of 9.5 points. (Heretofore known as Vegas' gift of the century to college fans looking to wager with their heads, not their hearts.)
Notre Dame -18 at Air Force: Notre Dame is 6-0 under Kelly when favored by 17 or more, though just 3-2-1 vs. the spread (Boston College is responsible for both spread "losses.")
Notre Dame -18 vs. Navy: After a stunning 35-17 defeat in his first matchup with the Midshipmen in 2010, Kelly and the Irish have won two straight by a combined total of 106-24. Add games vs. Service Academy teams Army (28-3 in 2010), and Air Force (59-33 in 2011) and Kelly has outscored the last for Academy foes by a combined 203-60 margin.
Notre Dame -10.5 at Pittsburgh: Combined score of the last five games between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame: 122-118 with seven overtimes intermixed and three of the five games won by the Irish (including all three under Kelly by margins of 6, 3, and 6, respectively.) Might want to stay away from this one…
Notre Dame -11 vs. Brigham Young: The Irish were favored by 11.5 prior to last year's 17-14 win over the Cougars in South Bend, quarterbacked by Tommy Rees.
Notre Dame +5.5 at Stanford: The first official underdog scenario of the season for the Fighting Irish. Kelly is 1-2 overall vs. Stanford, never covering the spread (last year the Irish were favored by 7.5 in a 20-13 win). In Notre Dame's favor heading into this regular season finale: Stanford will have previously played Oregon, USC, and arch-rival California, consecutively and without a bye.
Of note: The Irish were underdogs of 6.5 points at Stanford prior to the 2011 season. The betting line moved to just 4.5 in favor of the Cardinal during game week and Stanford won easily, 28-14 after leading 21-0.)
Editor's Note: Staff intern Megan Bastedo contributed to this report.