Marvin Harrison Jr. favored for 2023 Fred Biletnikoff Award as nation’s top receiver

  • Marvin Harrison Jr. (+200) is a heavy favorite to be named the most outstanding receiver in American college football
  • Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, and Calvin Johnson are all former winners of the Fred Biletnikoff Award
  • “Week 0” of the college football season kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023

Marvin Harrison Jr. had five catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns before exiting the CFP semifinals with a concussion in the waning seconds of the third quarter. The son of the Colts’ legendary Hall of Famer believes his Buckeyes would’ve beaten Georgia if not for the injury.

Coming off a breakout season, will the junior wide receiver light up college football yet again? Before we look at the Fred Biletnikoff Award odds, be sure to check out our 2023-24 College Football Betting Resources and our tips for betting on the NCAAF National Championship.

2023 Fred Biletnikoff Award Odds

PlayerBovadaBetOnline ReviewMyBookie Review
Marvin Harrison Jr.+200+200+200
Rome Odunze+1200+1200+1200
Xavier Worthy+1200+1200+1200
Emeka Egbuka+1200+1200+1200
Brock Bowers+1400+1400+1400
Jalen McMillan+1500+1500+1500
Dorian Singer+1500+1500+1500
Malik Nabers+1500+1500+1500
Jacob Cowing+2000+2000+2000
Keon Coleman+2000+2000+2000
Evan Stewart+2000+2000+2000
Troy Franklin+2500+2500+2500
Mario Williams+2500+2500+2500
Jermaine Burton+2500+2500+2500
Johnny Wilson+2500+2500+2500

Marvin Harrison Jr. favored

Marvin Harrison Jr. (+200) made 77 receptions for 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign at Ohio State. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound specimen had seven 100-yard receiving performances last year, ranking sixth in the nation in receiving yards and fourth in receiving touchdowns.

The only case against Harrison Jr. is he’ll be catching passes from a new quarterback with C.J. Stroud out of town. His Buckeyes teammate Emeka Egbuka (+1200) may also siphon off targets after recording 74 receptions, 1,151 receiving yards and 10 TDs in his sophomore year.

Other top contenders

Rome Odunze (+1200) finished with 1,145 yards and seven scores in 2022. The Washington senior will still be hauling in balls from Michael Penix Jr., who led college football in passing yards per game (357).

Xavier Worthy (+1200) followed up a 981-yard and 12-TD freshman year in 2021 with 760 yards and nine scores last season. The Texas receiver apparently played the second-half of the campaign with a broken hand.

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Brock Bowers is eligible

Georgia tight end Brock Bowers (+1400) is eligible for the Fred Biletnikoff Award as it goes to the player voted to be the top pass catcher, regardless of position. However, a tight end has never actually hoisted the trophy. At 6-4, 240, the burly Bulldog had 63 catches for 942 yards and seven touchdowns in 2022.

Longshot to consider

Johnny Wilson (+2500) is a mountain of a man at 6-7, 235 pounds. Wilson fell short of 1,000 receiving yards in his first season at Florida State, but if he cuts down on his drops he should have a big year with Heisman hopeful Jordan Travis tossing him the rock.

According to The Athletics’ College Football Freaks list, the Seminoles junior has a 35.5 inch vertical, a 10-5 broad jump and a top speed of 21.23 miles per hour.

Best Bet

Some wide receivers with +1500 odds include Washington’s Jalen McMillan, USC’s Dorian Singer and LSU’s Malik Nabers. Of that group, Singer is easily the best value. After breaking out for 1,105 receiving yards and six TDs as an Arizona sophomore, he’ll now be the top target of Heisman Trophy favorite Caleb Williams in southern California.

Make a longshot bet on Singer (+1500).

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