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NCAAF Player Prop Bets Week 5

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Thomas Snodgrass

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

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There are plenty of great quarterbacks in the NCAA right now.

Caleb Williams of USC, Michael Penix Jr. of Washington, Drake Maye of North Carolina, Bo Nix of Oregon, Sam Hartman of Notre Dame, the list goes on.

If someone were to list the best QB’s in the NCAA right now, it may take that someone to name quite a few signal callers before they mentioned a QB currently playing in the Big Ten conference.

Who is the best QB in the Big Ten?

Drew Allar of Penn State, probably.

Maybe Kyle McCord of Ohio State? Or even Taulia Tagovailoa at Maryland?

I’ll start this selection of NCAA player props for Week 5 with my choice as the best quarterback in the Big Ten.

J.J. McCarthy – QB, Michigan

In Week 5, the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines will face off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in a Big Ten matchup.

The Huskers have shown a vulnerability to opposing passing attacks, allowing Shedeur Sanders of Colorado to record 393 yards and two touchdown passes, and even allowing Louisiana Tech’s backup quarterback Jack Turner to throw for 292 yards last week.

The Wolverines have one of the best running backs in the country in Blake Corum, but Corum may take a backseat in Week 5 as Nebraska’s rushing defense has allowed just a tiny 46.3 rushing yards per game.

McCarthy is rarely a quarterback that throws for a large yardage.

This week, we may see him push that number higher than usual, and with a passing yards prop set at 224.5, we are not asking for much to hit the over.

Pick: McCarthy – OVER 224.5 Passing Yards

Best Odds: (-115) DraftKings

Daijun Edwards – RB, Georgia

The Georgia Bulldogs will visit the Auburn Tigers this week in a classic SEC battle.

That should be good news for Georgia’s running backs.

Auburn’s rushing defense has been less than stellar in 2023, allowing 154 rushing yards per game.

While that may not sound that bad to some, that number includes their matchup with the FCS-level Samford Bulldogs, when the Tigers allowed just 74 rushing yards.

Georgia does tend to use more than one running back, sometimes three or more, but Daijun Edwards is almost certain to receive the lion’s share of carries out of this backfield.

Auburn allowed Texas A&M to run for 209 yards last week, and even allowed running back Kay’Ron Lynch-Adams of UMass to tally 101 rushing yards on 14 carries in early September.

This Tigers’ rushing D is going to get flattened by Georgia in Week 5, and Edwards will be the main beneficiary.

Pick: Edwards – OVER 72.5 Rushing Yards

Best Odds: (-115) DraftKings

Brenden Rice – WR, USC

The USC Trojans and the Colorado Buffaloes face off in a very exciting Pac-12 clash in Week 5.

Hopefully, it’s more exciting than last week’s Colorado beatdown from Oregon.

This USC-Colorado matchup will feature wide receiver Brenden Rice, the son of Jerry Rice, being shadowed by Buffs’ cornerback Shilo Sanders, the son of Deion Sanders.

That should be fun.

What hasn’t been fun is this Colorado defense.

They have been peppered by opposing quarterbacks and Caleb Williams should put on a Heisman-esque performance with the whole nation watching.

Rice saw a season-high nine targets from Williams in last week’s contest against Arizona State, and he may be gaining favor with his starting quarterback.

With USC’s defense looking a little shaky as well, there should be plenty of points in this potential shootout.

I’d expect lots of passing from both Shedeur Sanders and Caleb Williams, and Rice’s receiving yards line is currently at a very reachable 54.5 on BetMGM.

Pick: Rice – OVER 54.5 Receiving Yards

Best Odds: (-115) BetMGM

Dylan Edwards – RB, Colorado

Because I believe this USC vs. Colorado matchup will be a slugfest., I’ll stay in Boulder, Colorado to select my ‘Any Time Touchdown’ scorer.

The Trojans have had issues keeping opposing running backs out of the endzone, and that continued last week with Arizona State’s running back Cameron Skattebo finding paydirt twice; one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown.

I took Skattebo to score against USC last week, and I’m going back to the well again in Week 5 with Buffs’ running back Dylan Edwards.

Edwards is currently averaging 5.6 yards per carry and has scored four touchdowns this season, three of those scores on the receiving end.

Edwards had a game to forget against Oregon last week, but find me a single member of that Colorado team that didn’t.

Edwards has a solid opportunity to bounce back this week, and has a good value on the books to score as well.

Pick: Edwards – Any Time Touchdown Scorer

Best Odds: (+120) Bet365

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