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Big Ten Week 11 Props: Quarterbacks Could Steal the Show

Buckle up as one of the most anticipated games of the Big Ten season is set for Week 11 when Top-10 teams Michigan and Penn State get together in Happy Valley on Saturday. There are plenty of options in that matchup for the best college football bets for Week 11.

Running backs TreVeyon Henderson of Ohio State and Blake Corum of Michigan delivered in our Week 10 player props as Ohio State and Michigan moved one week closer to their annual showdown in the regular-season finale.

Big Ten Week 11 Props: Quarterbacks Could Steal the Show
Drew Allar #15 of the Penn State Nittany Lions | Greg Fiume/Getty Images/AFP

When looking at our college football betting lines, the most competitive Week 11 Big Ten game could be the Maryland-Nebraska showdown while the Rutgers-Iowa and Minnesota-Purdue matchups are approaching Pick’Em status. The slate begins at noon when Michigan plays at Penn State, Indiana travels to meet Illinois and Maryland squares off with Nebraska.

When looking at our college football championship odds, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State are all in the Top 10 in the national polls. However, Penn State is outside the top 10 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2023 season. Ohio State leads the CFP rankings with Michigan coming in third.

Michigan moved ahead of two-time defending national champion Georgia for the best odds of winning the national title. Ohio State is priced at +700 in the championship odds.

Here’s a look at some betting options in Week 11.

Nittany Lions QB Ready To Roar?

Drew Allar displayed some of his potential during Penn State’s impressive road win against Maryland as he was 25-of-34 for 240 yards with four touchdown passes.

If Allar was given the green light on offense as often as Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa, he could put up some gaudy numbers. His numbers in the red zone are among the best in the country.



Penn State would love to control the game with its running back tandem of Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen. However, in last year’s game against Michigan, Penn State managed111 yards in a 24-point loss.


Ready to Air It Out?

Sticking with the quarterbacks in the Michigan-Penn state showdown, it might be wise to expect both Allar and McCarthy to exceed expectations.

After four straight games with less than 200 passing yards, Allar has thrown for 210 and 245 yards in wins over Indiana and Maryland.

Michigan’s McCarthy has gone from 156 to 219 to 222 to 287 and finally 335 yards in the last five games as the Wolverines are letting their Heisman Trophy candidate show what he is capable of. Don’t expect another 335 yards, but he could certainly go over 234½ passing yards.


Action Jackson To Make Impact

Minnesota receiver Daniel Jackson gets overshadowed by some of the other stars in the Big Ten. However, he is third only behind Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. and Roman Wilson of Michigan with seven touchdown receptions.

Perhaps a more impressive number is that Jackson has seven of Minnesota’s touchdown receptions.

Purdue allows more passing yards than any other team in the Big Ten so this is a chance for Jackson to strike paydirt once again. He is a player to keep an eye on when it comes to the college football Las Vegas odds.


Carter To End TD Drought

With Ohio State expected to roll past Michigan State, the player props for touchdowns for the Buckeyes’ top offensive players are not too enticing.

That is not the case for Michigan State.

Running back Nathan Carter hasn’t reached the end zone in the last seven games but if the Spartans do manage to score a touchdown or two in this matchup, Carter is as good an option as anybody when looking at the player props in this game.


Points Hard To Come By For Hoosiers and Illini

Indiana has failed to score a touchdown in 9 of its last 19 quarters with Illinois going scoreless in 6 of the Fighting Illini’s last 19 quarters so this matchup doesn’t figure to be an offensive masterpiece.

There were four scoreless quarters in the 12 games involving Big Ten teams over the last two weeks and two of those came in the defensive slugfest between Iowa and Northwestern so rolling with the scoreless quarter props can be a risky proposition. We will take our chances.



Questions Of The Day

Which NCAAF games this week offer the most value for betting?

With the total for the Rutgers-Iowa game under 30 points, that is certainly a matchup drawing interest from those who bet online.

What are the best player props for the Michigan-Penn State game?

While both teams would love to ride the play of the star running backs, quarterbacks J.J. McCarthy of Michigan and Drew Allar of Penn State have some player props worth considering.

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