We are coming off what is arguably the best playoff day in college football, with the TCU Horned Frogs and Georgia Bulldogs punching their tickets into the National Championship Game next week. The two games were an absolute thrill ride from start to finish and are going to be tough to top, but we do have a few games on Monday that look to have some very goof matchups. One of those is the Rose Bowl Game, one of the biggest on the entire bowl schedule, that will see the Utah Utes and the Penn State Nittany Lions lock horns in what looks to be a very evenly matched game. The bookies have the Utes in as a modest 1 ½ point favorite, with the point total for this one set at 53. Let’s take a closer look to see if we can make some winning picks so you can bet on the NCAA Football Bowl Odds.
Rose Bowl Betting Update: Penn State Nittany Lions versus Utah Utes
Rose Bowl Match Info
- When: Monday, January 2 at 5 PM EST
- Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the Utah Utes
The playoff semi-finals were about as exciting as it gets, but things could have looked very different were it not for the part that the Utah Utes played in the process. They went 10-2 in the regular season, including 7-2 in conference games, to make it into the Conference Championship Game. They went into that one as an underdog but ended up crushing USC and knocking the Trojans out of the top 4 in the process. The Utes now come into this game as a conference champion, but are they ready to rest on their laurels or do they want another feather in their cap? This is certainly a team on a roll, winning 6 of their last 7 games. They have also covered the spread in 4 od their last 5 overall, as well as 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games versus teams from the Big Ten.
Why bet on the Penn State Nittany Lions
The Nittany Lions ended the regular season with the same 10-2 record as the Utes, but they have a much tougher road to the Conference Championship Game, given that they are in the same division as Ohio State and Michigan, both of whom made it into the playoffs, only to lose. For Penn State, there is a feeling that they might be looking to close things out on a high with a win in a big bowl game, so you can bet that they are going to be going all out. The certainly finished the season strong, winning 4 in a row, outscoring their opponents 165-40 in the process, so this is a team on a solid run of form. As good as they have been, this is a team that is winless in their last 6 games played in the month of January. On a positive note, they are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is one of those games that feels like it might come down to who has the ball last. I think we are in for a close one here, but I do feel as though it’s the Utes who have the slight edge. I am taking them to win and cover a close one.
College Football Betting Pick: Utah Utes 31 Penn State Nittany Lions 28
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