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Utah quarterback Cameron Rising has the Utes on the uptick.

In an ACC clash, No. 10 North Carolina State visits No. 5 Clemson in our game of the week.

The bevy of offseason moves USC made -- from its hire of coach Lincoln Riley, to an influx of talented transfers -- largely overshadowed Pac-12 Conference champion Utah. Coupled with a last-minute, Week 1 loss at Florida, the Utes are flying low on the national radar. 

And that has traditionally been where Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and his teams have thrived. 

In three games since the 29-26 loss to the Gators, the Utes are averaging 47.3 points per game. Utah appears to have its most complete offense since the Urban Meyer-led 2004 bunch. 

The Utes get the opportunity to test their offense in Week 5 against an Oregon State team that kept USC out of the end zone for three quarters last Saturday, making for one of the more intriguing prop-betting options.

FrontPageBets takes a closer look at prop bets to ponder. 

Utah QB Cameron Rising anytime touchdown, +160 at FanDuel 

Rising’s move into the starting lineup last September completely transformed the Utah offense, and the Southern California native has not slowed down in 2022. Rising has thrown for 10 touchdowns in four games, putting him on pace to be the Utes’ first 30-touchdown passer since Alex Smith in 2004. 

FanDuel’s anytime touchdown prop applies only to carries and receptions -- not passes thrown -- and Rising has yet to run for a score. The mobile quarterback rushed for six touchdowns a season ago and is actually running better overall than in 2021 at 7.3 yards per carry this year vs. 6.7 last year. 

Oregon State’s defense keyed in on USC dual-threat quarterback Caleb Williams, frequently flushing him out of the pocket and 27 net rushing yards. A week earlier, however, Montana State quarterback Tommy Mellott rushed for 135 against the Beavers. If the game plan calls on Rising to make plays with his feet, his anytime touchdown prop could be a winner. 

Indiana QB Connor Bazelak over 254.5 passing yards, -130 at DraftKings

The SEC’s 2020 Co-Freshman of the Year at Missouri, Bazelak, has been up-and-down through his first month as the starter at Indiana. Bazelak is completing is completing just 53.5% of his pass attempts, almost 12% off his pace a season ago at Mizzou, and has accrued a sub-2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio with seven scores against four picks. 

Week 5 presents a get-right opportunity for Bazelak when the Hoosiers travel to Nebraska

The Cornhuskers are coming off their bye week after a disastrous 1-3 start that included a home loss to Georgia Southern, the subsequent firing of coach Scott Frost, and a 49-14 pasting against Oklahoma. Interim coach Mickey Joseph’s extra week for prep may do a porous Nebraska defense some good, but the Huskers require a 180-degree turnaround. 

Nebraska ranks among the nation’s worst pass defenses at 280.5 yards allowed per game and almost 67% of attempts completed. Bazelak presumably will not be called on to pass 66 times in Lincoln as he was last week against Cincinnati, when a deep first-half hole forced Indiana in an almost pass-exclusive offense.

He will have chances to bolster his numbers after seeing top-30 pass defenses in two of the first four weeks (Illinois and Cincinnati). 

N.C. State WR Thayer Thomas two touchdowns, +1000 at FanDuel 

A Week 4 overtime thriller between Clemson and Wake Forest left the nation with two questions about the Tigers: Was the 51-45 win indicative of the Clemson offense finally turning a corner, or did Wake Forest’s potent passing attack expose weakness in the usually impenetrable Tigers defense post-Brent Venables? 

Clemson averaged 41.3 points in its three games before visiting Wake, but labored against overmatched opponents Georgia Tech, Furman and Louisiana Tech.

The N.C. State defense is giving up fewer than 12 points per game. Clemson put up points in bunches against Wake Forest, but anticipation that its offense is back may not be reality.

Thomas getting into the end zone twice is a long shot, but Devin Leary’s top target is a tempting option against a Clemson bunch that allowed multiple receiving touchdowns to two different Wake Forest targets.  

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