6 College Football Player Props for Saturday, September 2
A new look Colorado, USC’s first real test, the Carolinas going at it with star QBs, and an LSU-FSU rematch that could go down to the wire again.
Week 1 could be full of surprises but as for now, let’s take a look at some of the best prop bets for Saturday’s games, including taking the “overs” on a few Heisman contenders.
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QB Chandler Morris (TCU) OVER 2.5 PASS TD
Best Number: DraftKings (+160)
The TCU vs Colorado game is set to be one of the most exciting matchups this weekend. The spotlight is on the Buffaloes, who have rejuvenated their football program after hiring Deion Sanders and bringing his son, Shedeur in to propel the Buffs to become one of the top teams in the Pac 12/Big 12.
However, the hidden spotlight on TCU should gain more traction. The Horned Frogs had a stellar 2022 season that resulted in a National Championship appearance.
The Frogs are minus Duggan under center and Johnston as their top playmaker outside, but Chandler Morris will be thrown into an offensive system that has proven to work. In a game that could result in about six or seven touchdowns scored, let’s bet the “over” on the TCU QB here.
QB Caleb Williams (USC) OVER 287.5 PASS YDS
Best Number: BetRivers (-113)
And so, the Caleb Williams Heisman campaign continues against Nevada. Williams is the projected Heisman winner and #1 overall pick in next year’s draft already.
While his prop bets are laughable with a near 300-yard pass total and 4 TD total, Lincoln Riley will dial up a handful of deep shots for Caleb to hit the 300 number in Game 2.
USC always seems to be on the brink of the CFB playoff most seasons but this time, it feels like the Trojans are just a Heisman-type season from Williams away from that elusive spot.
WR Dorian Singer (USC) OVER 0.5 REC TD
Best Number: FanDuel (-270)
Complimenting our trust in USC’s offense to dominate Nevada, Dorian Singer scoring a TD is next up on our list. Singer transferred from Arizona, where he went for over 1,000 and 6 TDs as a Sophomore. Not a bad pick if you’re trying to use a PrizePicks promo code.
In his first game as a Trojan, he scored a TD alongside hauling in 4 catches. With a similar path to Jordan Addison in the way of transferring to play with the best QB in college football in Southern California, expect Singer to become one of Riley and Williams’ go-to-guys early on in the season as he could make a jump up draft boards if he continues his run of TDs and red zone scores.
QB Drake Maye (UNC) OVER 1.5 PASS TD
Best Number: Caesars (-189)
The ACC POTY in 2022 begins his own Heisman campaign against rival South Carolina on Saturday. Maye vs. Rattler will be one of the more hyped-up Quarterback battles in Week 1, as both are looking for a shot to make it to the NFL as well as compete for a conference title this season.
Maye threw for 38 TDs last season with the Tar Heels and facing a fairly tough South Carolina defense, will have to take advantage of red zone opportunities to hit this mark.
While I can’t see this number ending at “1” on Saturday, a push might be in play here as the WR1 in Carolina is still up for grabs with Josh Downs in the league. However, Maye should be motivated for the Heisman this season as he faces the rival from the south.
QB Spencer Rattler (SC) OVER 0.5 INT
Best Number: Caesars (-139)
In his two full seasons of play in college, Rattler has thrown for 19 interceptions. While he’s shown improvement in some areas after the transfer from Oklahoma to South Carolina, there are still accuracy issues down the field connecting for the long ball.
With plenty of points potentially scored in this game, I’m also expecting a few turnovers from both sides, especially Rattler, who isn’t known to be a fantastic ball protector.
QB Jayden Daniels (LSU) OVER 1.5 PASS TD
Best Number: FanDuel (-102)
Daniels is a 2023 sleeper in my book. One of the more experienced QBs for a top-tier program in college football, Daniels has an NFL build for a mobile QB and solid downfield accuracy.
My prediction is that he becomes a sleeper mid-season to become a 1st or 2nd round selection. As for Saturday’s game against an improved FSU squad, Daniels will have to be “on” from the 1st to last snap against an elite defense.
With some added rushing ability, expect Jayden to get out of the pocket and make some great throws to reach the 2 TD mark. His rushing props are too steep for me but with the expectation that his chemistry with the offensive coordinator and playmakers improved this off-season, watch out for Daniels to take a huge leap.
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Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. His industry experience includes projects for the Chicago Cubs, The Sporting News, and QL Gaming Group. At Hello Rookie, he covers the NFL and NBA from a betting and DFS perspective.