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College Football Week 1 Player Props – Best Bets for Saturday’s Slate

Nick Holz

by Nick Holz in College Football

Updated Sep 2, 2022 · 6:00 AM PDT

Notre Dames Michael Mayer (87) reaches out to score a touchdown
Jan 1, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Notre Dames Michael Mayer (87) reaches out to score a touchdown against Oklahoma State during the 2022 Playstation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Mandatory Credit: Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune-USA TODAY Sports
  • College Football officially gets underway this weekend with Week 1
  • Multiple top 5 teams kickoff their seasons, with a ton of juicy prop bets available
  • Take a look at our favorite Week 1 player props for Saturday’s slate below

College football is officially back! A mouth-watering slate of games are on the docket for the first Saturday of the season. This also means every bettor has their first opportunity to bet on the Week 1 player props.

All the heavy hitters will be out on Saturday, September 3rd. Oregon visits Georgia from Mercedes Benz Stadium at 3:30 EST, while the primetime slate is headlined by Notre Dame making the trip to Ohio State.

The first week of college football offers a ton of high-profile prop bets for you to win on. Let’s dive into the Week 1 player props.

Week 1 College Football Player Props

Quarterback Passing Yards Passing TDs
Caleb Williams 268.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 2.5 (Ov +110 / Un -128)
CJ Stroud 345.5 (Ov -114 / Un -114) 3.5 (Ov +116 / Un -154)
Bryce Young 304.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 2.5 (Ov -180 /Un +146)
Running Back Rushing Yards Rushing TDs
Zach Charbonnet 105.5 (Ov -112 / Un -108) 1.5 (Ov +172 / Un -215)
Blake Corum 106.5 (Ov -110/ Un -110) 0.5 (Ov -245 / Un +194)
TreVeyon Henderson 88.5 (Ov -114 / Un -114) -240 (Anytime TD scorer)
Bijan Robinson 108.5 (Ov -110 / Un -110) 1.5 (Ov +130 / Un -160)
Receiver Receiving Yards Anytime TD Scorer
Brock Bowers 61.5 (Ov -114 / Un -114) -230
Jaxson Smith-Njigba 105.5 (Ov -114 / Un -114) -240
Michael Mayer 70.5 (Ov -114 / Un -114) +150
Marvin Harrison Jr. 75.5 (Ov -114 / Un -114) +115

Odds as of September 2nd at FanDuel Sportsbook.

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Jaxson Smith-Njigba Receiving Yards

Everybody will be tuning in on Saturday night when Notre Dame visits Ohio State. Most of the public will be waiting to see Ohio State wide receiver Jaxson Smith-Njigba light up the Fighting Irish after his heroic performance in the Rose Bowl. With Heisman favorite CJ Stroud tossing him the football, many expect Smith-Njigba to continue to destroy records and have a career year.

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However, Notre Dame are now led by former defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman. The Ohio State alumni will have spent all summer game-planning on how to stop this high-flying attack. This starts with taking away the number one receiving threat in their offense, Jaxson Smith Njigba.

With the amount of NFL-level talent in Notre Dame’s secondary, it’s tough to envision JSN hitting over 100 yards in this one.

Pick: Jaxson Smith-Njigba UNDER 105.5 receiving yards (-114)

Zach Charbonnet Rushing Yards

UCLA starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson returns to school for his fifth season, which is great news for the Bruins. It’s also fantastic for those of us who love to bet on player rushing props. Thompson-Robinson ran an average of 13 times per game last season. He’s a dynamic threat with the football in his hands, who can create yards out of nothing.

Thompson-Robinson’s running threat puts a cap on the number of touches Zach Charbonnet will get in the running game. Especially early in the season against an overmatched opponent.  On top of that, head coach Chip Kelly remains committed to a two-back scheme and will want to see what he has behind Charbonnet on the depth chart. Bet against Zach Charbonnet hitting 100 yards against Bowling Green.

Pick: Zach Charbonnet UNDER 105.5 rushing yards (-108)

Bryce Young Passing Touchdowns

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner threw 3+ touchdowns in 10 of his starts last season.

Head coach Nick Saban rarely allows his team to fall into any sort of early season slump, it’s simply unacceptable for this Alabama program. Look for Bryce Young to come out slinging the football in this one. He’ll want to play with his new toy, Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton. Additionally, Utah State is extremely overmatched in this game and Young should have no problem carving up this secondary.

Pick: Bryce Young OVER 2.5 Passing touchdowns (-180)

Michael Mayer Anytime Touchdown Scorer

The junior Fighting Irish tight end should be amongst the best players in the country this season. Mayer is looking to boost his NFL draft stock straight out of the gate. There’s no better spot to do so than in primetime against the talented Ohio State defense.

Furthermore, Mayer should already be in sync with returning Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner. When the going gets tough in the red zone, Buchner will be looking for his big tight end. Bet on Michael Mayer to score at least one touchdown on Saturday night.

Pick: Michael Mayer Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+150)

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