Fanatics Sportsbook Prop Bets & Bowman U Chrome Stars
Ahh, fall Saturdays – where friendly (and maybe not-so-friendly) rivalries divide households, tailgates vary from campus to campus, and future legends create their first echoes on the college turf. And we all knew there was room to spice things up a bit more. With Fanatics Sportsbook, our phones and TVs become screens and portals to potential pocket padding as we zero in on stats, crossing our fingers that our prop bets make our wallets thicker. Now, toss in the 2023 Bowman University Chrome, where the inaugural cards of our soon-to-be Sunday stars are entwined with the over and under of each stat, and you’ve got a recipe that adds a dash more intrigue to the journey of prospecting and collecting. So, let’s venture through the wild and unpredictable terrain of Week 5, weaving between Bowman U Stars and their Prop bets.
Each year, Texas makes a 3.5-hour drive from Austin, while Oklahoma travels two hours from Norman to convene in Dallas for the Red River Rivalry. In last year’s matchup, the Longhorns handed out a 49-0 drubbing, marking the Sooners’ largest shutout loss in school history. Despite Worthy securing only 29 receiving yards in that game, he managed to find the end zone and openings in the defense. But check this out. Flashing back to his 2021 debut against OU, the then-freshman from Fresno dazzled the crowd, torching OU for 261 receiving yards and scoring twice. Think about it! He’s due. This season, Worthy, a projected first-round pick, has already surpassed 72.5 yards in three of his five games and is quarterback Quinn Ewers’s No. 1 target outside of tight end JaTavian Sanders. He’s poised to exceed that number again, even against a Sooner secondary that, while stingy, has not faced a receiver of this caliber thus far in 2023.
Gabriel missed last year’s Red River Rivalry with an injury, and we told ya’ll how that turned out in Worthy’s write-up. This season, the signal-caller makes his debut in the coveted game and has the chance to help the Sooners exact revenge in front of what should be a little under 100,000 people at the Texas State Fair. The dynamic Gabriel topped 300 passing yards in four of his first five outings this season, including a 421-yard performance vs. Tulsa, and has been the Sooners’ offense humming. It wouldn’t surprise if he exceeds a modest projection of 265.5 in what should be a high-scoring affair. Texas has yet to give up many passing yards this season, but Gabriel’s easily the best thrower they’ve faced. Expect a Big 12 showdown for the ages.
Harrison had an out-of-body performance against Notre Dame two weeks ago, finishing the Buckeyes’ triumphant victory with just 32 yards. In each of the two games prior, he posted over 100 yards, showcased his connection with former high school teammate and Buckeyes quarterback Kyle McCord, and looked every bit the top-five pick he’s projected to be. Expect a bounce-back performance against a Maryland secondary that hasn’t yet faced a team with a viable No. 1 option at receiver. The Buckeyes’ offense, which gained a ton of confidence in McCord during the Notre Dame win, should carry that momentum into Saturday, which should equal a big day for Baby Marv.
Following two tough tests and losses against Oregon and USC to open Pac-12 play, Colorado gets a much-needed break against 1-4 Arizona State this week. Although the Sun Devils haven’t allowed a passer to reach over 350 passing yards this season, — that includes USC’s Caleb Williams — Sanders enters the ballgame averaging 356.5 yards through his first five games, including a 371-yard effort against the highly ranked Trojans a week ago. Colorado’s ground game is virtually nonexistent, with the offense supplementing the run with short passes to get ahead of the sticks early. Look for Sanders to continue airing it out to breakout freshman Omarion Miller and a speedy set of weapons.
Williams’ quest to retain his Heisman continues following an outing against Colorado, a 48-41 triumph, in which he fired six touchdowns. That incredible performance may not be replicated against an Arizona defense that held fellow Heisman contender Michael Penix Jr. without a touchdown pass last week. The frontrunner for the country’s most coveted trophy is averaging 4.2 touchdown tosses through his first five games, but buyer beware. The Wildcat defense might be forreal.