College Football Player Props & Picks: A PrizePicks Parlay for Thursday & Friday’s Games, Featuring Stephen Gosnell & Chase Brown
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- There are plenty of college football player props ripe for the picking for Week 4's Thursday and Friday games.
- We see value on picks for Illinois' Chase Brown, Virginia Tech's Stephen Gosnell, UTEP's Ronald Awatt and more.
- Check out Keg's top five-leg PrizePicks parlay for Thursday and Friday's college football games below.
We aren’t quite to the beautiful time of the year that features MACtion, but we have games on both Thursday and Friday night for the first time since Week 1.
Week 4 of the college football season kicks off with three games each night as a primer for the massive Saturday slate.
With that comes an excellent opportunity to take advantage of a PrizePicks lineup for these six games — or the opportunity to add a few players to your Saturday card.
Here’s my favorite five-leg flex play for Week 4’s Thursday and Friday games.
College Football PrizePicks Player Props for Week 4
In the table below, you’ll find each of our college football staff’s top player prop picks from Saturday’s slate of games. Click on any pick or team logo to navigate to a specific bet discussed in this article.
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West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
WR Stephen Gosnell Receiving Yards
Gosnell ranks second on Virginia Tech in total yards and average yards per catch by receivers with more than two receptions. He’s also tied for third in total receptionsl.
West Virginia has allowed 6.63 yards per play but has also found ways to pressure the opposition.
Virginia Tech has struggled to develop the run game, averaging just 2.6 yards per play. It also may be without lead running back Keshawn King, who did not play in its last game against Wofford.
All of this points to Gosnell having a big game. He shouldn’t have a problem surpassing his receiving yards total of 32.5 yards.
Pick: Stephen Gosnell Over 32.5 Receiving Yards
Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia State
WR Jamari Thrash Receiving Yards
Georgia State ranks 17th in the country in rushing offense, which has been the foundation of its offense. However, it now faces a Coastal Carolina team that has limited opponents to just 2.8 yards per carry and 103 rushing yards per game.
A strong run defense will force the Panthers to turn to the passing game, and I think Jamari Thrash stands to benefit the most from that game script.
Thrash leads the team in receptions, receiving yards and yards per catch. He went off for a career-high 213 yards last week against Charlotte after posting 53 against North Carolina and 70 against South Carolina.
Even if Georgia State has success running the ball, there’s still a high probability he hits this yardage total.
Pick: Jamari Thrash Over 70.5 Receiving Yards
Chattanooga vs. Illinois
RB Chase Brown Rushing Yards
Illinois running back Chase Brown leads the nation in rushing yards this season, racking up 496 yards in just three games. He averages 6.6 yards per carry and has surpassed 136 rushing yards in every game this season.
Chattanooga ranks 15th among FCS teams in rush defense, but even against Wyoming — which ranks 58th in rush defense in the FBS — Brown still put up 151 yards.
I think he once again surpasses this number with ease this week.
Pick: Chase Brown Over 135.5 Rushing Yards
Nevada vs. Air Force
RB Brad Roberts Rushing Yards
No team in the country runs the ball more than Air Force, and no team is better at it. The Falcons average 396 rush yards per game, with running back Brad Roberts leading the charge at 7.1 yards per carry.
He was held below 60 rushing yards for only the second time in his career last week against Wyoming. He should return to his regular production this week after recording 174 yards against Colorado and 114 against Northern Iowa to start the season.
Nevada does rank 46th when it comes to rush defense, but I don’t think that will hold up against this Falcons’ rush offense. The Wolf Pack earned that ranking against three teams that all rank outside the top 100 in terms of rushing offense.
Pick: Brad Roberts Over 99.5 Rushing Yards
Boise State vs. UTEP
RB Ronald Awatt Rushing Yards
Ronald Awatt has racked up 225 yards rushing as UTEP’s lead back this season. However, he’s surpassed 48.5 rushing yards just once, and it came against a New Mexico State team that ranks among the bottom-20 teams in the country in rush defense.
In the 25 games Awatt has played in his career, he’s gone over this number just seven times.
The Miners now play Boise State, a top-25 rushing defense that limits opponents to just 2.73 yards per carry and allows an average of just 76.3 rush yards per game.
No running back facing Boise State has recorded more than 44 yards rushing against the Broncos, and I don’t think that changes here.