Notre Dame’s BCS Championship odds plummet without Everett Golson under center

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) scores Notre Dames first touchdown as he avoids a tackle by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Trey DePriest (33) in the 2013 BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Alabama defeats Notre Dame 42-14. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) scores Notre Dames first touchdown as he avoids a tackle by Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Trey DePriest (33) in the 2013 BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Alabama defeats Notre Dame 42-14. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

The college football world was shocked by the recent news that Notre Dames’ starting quarterback, Everett Golson, will not be leading the Irish in 2013 due to “poor academic judgement.”

Now, we’re not talking about the team Golson’s Irish lost to in the 2013 BCS championship game, Alabama. Coach Nick Saban’s Tide could slide one of the school’s janitors under center and, with the running game and defense it has, compete for the crystal ball. However, while Notre Dame’s “D” is almost elite, Golson’s improved play and increased level of experience were supposed to be huge in keeping the Irish among the contenders in 2013-14.

[Related: Who will be replacing Golson under center come fall?]

The Golden Domers’ betting odds to win the whole shebang with Golson at the helm were pretty good, however, following his dismissal, the smart money is no longer on Notre Dame to win it all next season.

Of course, there are 100 teams that would kill for 40/1 odds of winning a title, but everything is relative.

Notre Dame is one of the most historically dominant (not to mention proud) programs in the nation. It’s return to prominence was met with increased television ratings and international excitement.

Golson was going to be the centerpiece of a continued renaissance in South Bend, but now his team faces an uphill climb to remain in the spotlight.

Here are the rest of the BCS National Championship betting odds. As expected, Alabama is the overwhelming favorite to win its fourth in a five-year span.

MORE: Which SEC team contacted Notre Dame regarding Golson’s availability?