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College football Week 4 props to watch

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Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is a player to watch against Wisconsin on Saturday.

No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest highlights this Saturday's slate, which also features a bonus game.

Ohio State continues to receive a lot of love, and the numbers show why the Buckeyes are becoming huggable for college football bettors.

Averaging 44.7 points per game, the offensive juggernaut has been fine-tuned since the opening nail-biter with Notre Dame.

Questions are still being lobbed in OSU’s direction about that opening week run with the Fighting Irish, who have only a tightly contested win over Cal last week to show for their first three games.

But Ohio State has shown it will keep the ball in the hands of Heisman contender C.J. Stroud and the Buckeyes are loaded with enough talent to pry through stubborn Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener for both teams Saturday night.

After featuring a few SEC and Pac-12 angles in previous parlay pieces, we’re going decidedly Midwestern to kick off fall.

Where can the Badgers win consistently? That’s where FrontPageBets' college football prop shopping begins.

Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr. over 82.5 receiving yards, (-110 Caesars)

Harrison is a great bet to score with eight scores in his past four games. Taking away the Buckeyes’ top two targets is nearly impossible in this system, where defenses must either make Stroud nervous in the pocket or drop defensive backs and make Ohio State take the scenic route to the red zone. Emeka Egbuka (20 receptions, 324 yards) and Harrison Jr. (18 for 342) are in line for huge outings.

For the record, we would also endorse backing Harrison Jr. to score, though DraftKings odds on Thursday were not enticing at -195.

Kansas QB Jalon Daniels over 62.5 rushing yards ( -110 DraftKings)

Daniels is the reason to believe Kansas can sustain early momentum driven by an offense that generated 158 points during a surprising 3-0 start.

Daniels has 24 carries for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the past two games -- wins on the road over West Virginia and Houston -- and Duke is tied with the Mountaineers and 51st in rush defense at 119.3 yards per game.

Daniels, averaging 8.8 yards per carry this season, is highly efficient and capable of putting up numbers through the air. That threat puts the Blue Devils on their heels and Daniels could double this number as he did with 123 rushing yards against Houston.

For the sake of those in double-down mood, taking the DK prop on rushing TDs for Daniels -- again, odds imply high probability of the score here at -170 -- seems a swell plan.

In this week's FPBcast, Gerry Ahern and Mike Szvetitz take a look at their top games and top bets.

Iowa QB Spencer Petras under 162.5 passing yards (-115 DraftKings)

Let’s share some early season context on Petras: His QBR of 7.0 is 127th in the country and Iowa ranks 130th (of 131) in the FBS ahead of only Navy with 36 first downs in three games (14 passing). There’s more misery where that came from: 37 total completions and 47.4 completion percentage (126th), as well as four red-zone trips (one TD, one field goal) in 12 quarters this season.

Think getting out of Iowa City, distanced from critics could help?

Petras has 376 passing yards this season and production wasn’t a strong suit in 2021 either. On the road last season, Petras had passing yardage totals of 102 (Nebraska), 4 (Northwestern), 93 (Wisconsin), 106 (Iowa State) and the anomalous breakout game -- 259 yards at Maryland.

If you aren’t convinced, trust us when we say, sell Iowa’s offense and all of its parts.

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