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Big Ten Week 9 Props: OSU’s Harrison Top Pick Once Again

Even though No. 2 Michigan isn’t playing this week, the allegations of a system set up to steal the signs of opponents continue to dominate the headlines. As for the on-the-field action, the Ohio State-Wisconsin matchup tops the list in our best college football bets for Week 9.

Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is never a bad way to go when it comes to player props in the Big Ten, and we will go back to arguably the best pass catcher in the college game.

Big Ten Week 9 Props: OSU’s Harrison Top Pick Once Again
Marvin Harrison Jr. #18 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is tackled by Zakee Wheatley #6 of the Penn State Nittany Lions | Ben Jackson/Getty Images/AFP

When looking at our NCAA football betting lines, the most competitive Week 9 Big Ten game could be the Purdue-Nebraska showdown. The slate begins at noon when Indiana plays at Penn State and Maryland travels to meet Northwestern.

When looking at our 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 to win the national title. Michigan (+225) remains ahead of two-time defending national champion Georgia. Ohio State is priced at +700 after its win over Penn State.

Here’s a look at some betting options in Week 9.

Another Big Game for Harrison?

Wisconsin is up next in the quest to slow down Heisman Trophy candidate Marvin Harrison.

Harrison has gone over 100 yards in the last three Ohio State games and five of the last six matchups.

Harrison caught a season-high 11 passes in last week’s hard-earned win over Penn State.

 

 


The Badgers are in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten statistics in pass defense and figure to have their hands full trying to slow down the game-breaking talent for the Buckeyes.

NCAAF Pick: Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison to have at least 118 receiving yards

Why Not Take a Chance on Lucas?

If there is a number that jumps out in college football player props this week it is Indiana running back Jaylin Lucas, priced at +500 to score at least one touchdown.

Lucas and the Hoosiers will be facing a Penn State team that might be just a bit perturbed after letting last week’s game against Ohio State get away from them.

While Lucas has seen his rushing attempts diminish over the last three games, no running back is targeted more in the passing game than him.

Lucas has scored twice as a runner and added two more scores as a receiver. With that number, why not take a chance on him scoring at least once?

NCAAF Pick: Indiana running back Jaylin Lucas to score at least one touchdown

Allen Looks to Get Loose Against Buckeyes

It will be strength against strength when Ohio State puts its stout rushing defense against dynamic Wisconsin RB Braelon Allen.

Allen ran for 165 yards against Ohio State a season ago. Don’t expect that to happen again.

The Buckeyes have gone from allowing 132 rushing yards per game in conference play during 2022 to giving up only 87.3 this season.

There is a risk of Wisconsin falling behind early and going away from the running game. However, any chance the Badgers have in this game will involve getting the ball to its best player.

NCAAF Pick: Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen to have at least 73 rushing yards

Singleton to Strike Pay Dirt

Penn State did not score its first touchdown until the fourth quarter in the loss to Ohio State last week. Thankfully for the Nittany Lions, they are not facing Ohio State this week.

Indiana has allowed the most rushing yards and highest yard per rushing attempt mark among Big Ten teams. Only Northwestern has surrendered more touchdowns on the ground than the 14 allowed by the Hoosiers.

Penn State’s Kaytron Allen offers the better payout, but Nicholas Singleton has four more touchdowns this season, so we will roll with Singleton.

NCAAF Pick: Penn State’s Nicholas Singleton to score the first touchdown in the game versus Indiana

Why Should the Offense Have All the Fun?

Minnesota opponents have returned two interceptions for touchdowns, while no team from one of the Power-5 conferences has turned the ball over more frequently than Michigan State.

This is one of those “what do you have to lose” types of bets to consider.

During a nightmarish season for the Spartans, Michigan State has allowed an interception to be returned for a score and a punt to be brought to the house as well.

NCAAF Pick: There will be a touchdown on defense and/or special teams in Minnesota-Michigan State game – YES

 

 

Questions Of The Day

What is the best Big Ten prop bet for Week 9?


Based on the potential payout, go with Indiana’s Jaylin Lucas to score a touchdown against Penn State.
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Which Big Ten player is most likely to exceed their projected rushing yards?


Indiana has allowed more rushing yards than any other Big Ten team, so Penn State’s Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen could have big games.
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