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Week 8 of the college football season features some big matchups. Penn State will travel to the Horseshoe to battle Ohio State. This is the feature matchup of the week, but there are many games with high betting value, especially in the props market.
We break down our favorite props every Friday for the Saturday games. Don’t miss out, and check back weekly, as we’re 9-5 in the past five weeks!
Bucky Irving is one of the most explosive running backs in the country. His speed was on full display against Washington last Saturday, carrying the ball 22 times for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Irving was dominant between the tackles and in the outside zone game, and we expect to see this type of rushing against Washington State. Irving also had six catches for 34 yards, so the player was one of the biggest reasons Oregon put 33 points on the board.
Oregon used Irving a lot last week against Washington, which made sense because the Huskies struggled defending the run. Washington State is even worse against the ground game than Washington, allowing 147.2 yards per game.
The Ducks are also a 20-point favorite in this game, and they should put the Cougars away early. If Oregon gets up and controls the pace, it will be on the ground with Irving.
Bo Nix’s passing prop is set at 295.5, which is a fair line considering the Cougars allow 272.5 yards per game. Yet, Nix may have an easy day throwing the football because Washington State can’t hang with the Ducks in this contest, so we’re staying away here and leaning on the running back on Saturday.
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The sportsbooks haven’t caught up to Blake Shapen’s production just yet. The quarterback has made three starts, and Shapen has just thrown the football in these games.
He has 920 passing yards with four touchdowns in three starts. We don’t know if he will be able to find scoring chances against a good Bearcats defense, but he should be able to rack up a lot of yardage.
He threw for 303 against Texas State, 293 against UCF, and 324 against Texas Tech. Baylor’s one flaw is that they cannot stop the run, but they’re a better 2-4 team than Cincinnati.
The Bears want to throw the football consistently, averaging 279.5 yards per contest. Cincinnati has played well on defense, but they’re weaker against the pass than on the ground.
We don’t believe the Bears will have much success running the football in this game. RB Richard Reese hasn’t been a priority. He has some big games but some very bad outputs.
When the team falls behind or can’t find early success pounding the ball, they immediately lean on the passing game, and that’s why Shapen will surpass 238.5 passing yards.
The Texas offense has started with Quinn Ewers this season. The quarterback has thrown for 1704 yards this season, but his big passing games have come against competitive teams. His total against Houston is listed at 295.5 passing yards, which is fair but high, considering the Longhorns should control this game.
Ewers will land in the 275-290-yard passing range. He will still throw the football, so we like some of his receivers to have a big game. Xavier Worthy is the target to watch for Texas.
Worthy has exceeded this number in his past two games and is coming off an eight-catch performance for 108 yards against Oklahoma.
The Cougars have struggled to defend the pass. They have one of the worst secondaries in the Big 12, allowing 270 yards per game through the air. If Ewers can find Worthy for a few big shots down the field, he should go over this total.
Houston allowed a lot of big plays to West Virginia last week. Three different receivers had at least a 45-yard reception, and another two had 30+ catches.
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Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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