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Big Ten Week 8 Props: OSU’s Harrison Top Pick Once Again

Finally, there is a matchup between two of the three Big Ten heavyweights. There was a temptation to do nothing but Penn State-Ohio State player props in the College Football picks this week. We thought better of that since that is not the only game in town.

Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. gets a chance to have his Heisman Trophy moment with a big game in the clash of top-10 teams in Columbus while Penn State’s Drew Allar might get a chance to show why he was the No. 1-rated quarterback in his high school class.

Big Ten Week 7 Props: OSU’s Harrison Top Pick Once Again
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Those taking part in live betting will have plenty of options, especially when there is some clarity when it comes to which of the ailing Ohio State players will be good to go in Saturday’s game.

Michigan, Rutgers, and Wisconsin are the road teams from the Big Ten to be favored in Week 8 according to the college football betting lines.

The Week 8 schedule begins with the Penn State-Ohio State and Rutgers-Indiana games. Both will kick off shortly after noon ET.

When looking at NCAA football championship odds, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State are all in the Top 10 in the national polls and among the top candidates in our odds to win the national title. Michigan (+270) has moved ahead of two-time defending national champion Georgia in the title odds. Would Ohio State do the same with an impressive win on Saturday?

Let’s take a closer look at some NCAA football odds worth considering.

Here’s a look at some options in Week 8.

 

Marvin Won’t Be Starving In Huge Big Ten Clash

Marvin Harrison of Ohio State came up just short of delivering in one of the Week 7 player prop bets in the Big Ten. With so many other key Ohio State offensive players dealing with injury, expect to see the Buckeyes try to get the ball to the nation’s most highly touted pass catcher early and often.

Harrison, who grew up in Philadelphia, has not scored a touchdown against Penn State and look for that to change on Saturday. The Las Vegas odds have Harrison priced at +8000 in the odds to win the Heisman Trophy. If he comes through in this match, those odds figure to trend in the positive direction.

It is worth rolling with Harrison to get the scoring started in the game of the week in the Big Ten.

College Football Pick: Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. to be first touchdown scorer +500

 

Allar Holds Key to Penn State’s Upset Bid

Penn State would love to hand the ball off to Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen on nearly every play against Ohio State. That simply is not going to happen.

For Penn State to break through and find a way to top Ohio State, quarterback Drew Allar will need to make some plays.

Allar was the No. 1-rated quarterback in his recruiting class and the Ohio native would love nothing more than to go into Columbus and lead the Nittany Lions to their first win over the Buckeyes since 2016 – and first victory in Columbus since 2011.

Don’t expect him to throw the ball as frequently as Heisman Trophy contenders like LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., or USC’s Caleb Williams, but looking for him to go over 200 passing yards isn’t asking that much.

College Football Pick: Penn State’s Drew Allar to have at least 208 passing yards +108

 

On Wisconsin: Go With Allen to Find End Zone

Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen had a strong showing against Illinois as a freshman. It was a much different deal in 2022.

While his role has changed a bit with the new coaching staff and now the Badgers need to adapt after an injury to starting quarterback Tanner Mordecai and that could make it even harder for Allen to find running room.

However, this is not a strong defensive unit for Illinois as the Fighting Illini have gone from allowing 99.8 rushing yards per game and six TD runs during the 2022 season to 164.1 yards on the ground and 11 scoring runs.

College Football Pick: Braelon Allen to have at least two touchdowns +250

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Iowa, Minnesota to Get Passing Grades?

Just for the heck of it, why not throw some love the way of the two worst passing teams in the Big Ten when it comes to an under-the-radar Week 8 college football prediction?

Minnesota averages 133 passing yards per game while Iowa (116.6 yards through the air) is the only team from a Power-5 conference to average fewer passing yards per game.

Only Penn State allows fewer yards per passing attempt than Iowa does among Big Ten teams. However, don’t look for much in the way of sacks from either team.

College Football Pick: Iowa’s Deacon Hill to have more passing yards than Minnesota’s Athan Kaliakmanis +102

 

Will Carter Upstage Corum?

It might surprise some of those who bet online to realize that Michigan State’s Nathan Carter, a UConn transfer, averages more rushing yards per game than Blake Corum of Michigan.

The best chance for Michigan State to stay in this game is to rely on the running game.

Carter has three 100-yard rushing games and that includes a 108-yard effort.

Michigan ranks third in the Big Ten in rushing defense. Of course, matchups against East Carolina, UNLV, Bowling Green, Rutgers, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Indiana are not the greatest level of competition, especially with Minnesota being without freshman star Darius Taylor when the Gophers were blown out by the Wolverines.

It is a bit risky to roll with a runner from a heavy underdog, but why not take a chance here?

College Football Pick: Michigan State’s Nathan Carter to have more rushing yards than Michigan’s Blake Corum +213

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Questions of the Day

Which Big Ten running back will rush for more yards in Week 8?


Look for Braelon Allen of Wisconsin to have a big game against an Illinois defense that struggles to stop the run.

Which Big Ten Week 8 prop bet offers the best value?


Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. to be the first touchdown scorer against Penn State offers rather tempting odds.

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