Week 7 Prop Bets, Pt. 1
As the crisp autumn air heralds the arrival of Week 7 in college football, electrifying matchups like the Battle for the Jeweled Shillelagh between Notre Dame and USC, and the undefeated tension of the Border War with Washington facing Oregon, will enthrall fans and divide allegiances across the nation. The integration of 2023 Bowman University Chrome cards adds a unique, speculative flavor to our viewing experience, marrying the paths of emerging Sunday stars with the tantalizing prospect of profitable prop bets via Fanatics Sportsbook. Our screens become gateways to a dual spectacle of on-field drama and potential financial gain, where every play promises altering card values and betting outcomes. Check out some of the best prop bets from Bowman U headliners.
Michael Penix Jr.: O/U 358.5 Passing Yards
The current 2023 Heisman frontrunner, Penix Jr., directs an explosive Washington offense that leads the nation in several categories, including passing yards per game (446.4), and features the most prolific receiving trio in the nation in Romeo Odunze, Ja’Lynn Polk, and Jalen McMillan. The superstar signal-caller and Indiana transfer ranks second nationally in passing yards (1,999), even after UW’s bye week, and has exceeded 400 passing yards in three out of his first five games — he’s not even playing full contests. With the Huskies set to face an Oregon team that prioritizes rapid scoring, Penix Jr. and his offense are primed to capitalize on numerous possessions, likely surpassing 358.5 passing yards.
PS: Oregon’s secondary held the nation’s leading passer, Shedeur Sanders, to 159 yards through the air three weeks ago. Don’t expect a replica of that performance against a Washington offense with more dynamite and an offensive line that’s leaps and bounds ahead of where Colorado stands.
Bo Nix: O/U 2.5 Total Touchdowns
At 24, Nix is delivering a spectacular performance in what is poised to be his final collegiate season, spearheading a formidable Oregon offense with weekly displays of video game-esque numbers. Having surpassed two touchdowns in all but one game this year and amassing 15 through the air plus one on the ground, he’s positioned to shine in what is shaping up to be a high-octane clash between two of the nation’s elite offenses. While the Huskies defense has presented a stingy front this year, it notably faltered against the top quarterback it encountered, Arizona’s Noah Fifita, surrendering three touchdown passes to the freshman. Though this is Nix’s most significant challenge to date, surpassing 2.5 total touchdowns seems well within reach, especially given the number of points expected between these two.
Joe Milton: O/U 248.5 Passing Yards
We sat down with the rocket-armed Milton for a Collector’s Story early this year and are big fans of his game. This week, the 6-foot-5 stud faces a Texas A&M defense that just gave up a career-high 321 passing yards against Alabama’s Jalen Milroe and was torn apart by Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke for a whopping 374 yards. Tennessee’s offense is less explosive than last year when it led the nation in total yards and has taken a different identity, boasting the SEC’s top ground attack. Though Milton’s only topped 248.5 passing yards once this year, a 287-yard effort against Florida a few weeks back, there’s a massive chance Volunteers coach Josh Heupel unleashes the Muck City native, looking for more downfield throws against a Swiss-cheese secondary. Milton’s got the weapons in guys like Squirrel White and Ramel Keyton. Could the senior put it all together at home vs. a secondary on the ropes? We think so.
Sam Hartman: O/U 2.5 Touchdown Passes
Let’s start here: USC’s defense, specifically its secondary, is spiraling, and might need to see if Coach Prime could suit up for a few games. Want to hear something awful? They’ve given up 11 passing touchdowns in the last two weeks — five to Arizona’s Noah Fifita and six to Colorado’s Shedeur Sanders — and despite several highly touted players, the unit flat-out stinks. Following a fast start, Hartman and the Fighting Irish offense have been pedestrian the last three weeks, totaling just three passing scores and two interceptions in his last three games. But that’s OK. Nothing cures a struggling aerial attack like a secondary that couldn’t stop its own shadow. Look for Hartman to have a massive day in what should be another high-scoring Saturday matchup.
Caleb Williams: O/U 2.5 Touchdown Passes
Notre Dame’s defense looked elite through the first six weeks of the season, only giving up three touchdowns in one of its outings. Then a trip to Louisville happened, and although the secondary still looked stout, limiting the Cardinal’s Jack Plummer to just one touchdown pass, the defense gave up three scores, including two on the ground. Enter Caleb Williams, the reigning Heisman winner and a threat to go berserk any given evening. Last week against Arizona, he threw for just one touchdown pass and rushed for three, which is fantastic, especially in a win, but a stark contrast from his regular stat line — he’s thrown at least three in USC’s other contests. This weekend should be slightly different with the added motivation of a national TV game against a ranked opponent with a stifling defense. As we’ve said, Notre Dame’s D is no cupcake. But if the Trojans look to bring home the Jeweled Shillelagh, they’ll need one of Williams’ patented aerial assaults and have to make up for a so-so D. Go with the over.
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