The big bowl games are coming, with the playoffs and the New Year’s Six games fast approaching. Of course, much of the focus is on the Playoff Semi-Finals, but there are plenty of other games that are well worth your attention. We are going to do out utmost to cover as many of these games as possible in hopes of helping you boost your bankroll, so we are getting the ball rolling by taking a look at the Rose Bowl. This is easily one of the biggest games outside of the playoffs and it is considered a real honor to take part, and even more so to win it. We have what looks to be an intriguing matchup in this one, with the Utah Utes set to lock horns with the Penn State Nittany Lions. There are a couple of players heading to the NFL Draft sitting this one out, but not so many as to be a distraction. Utah is favored by 2 ½, with the point total set at 52. Without further ado, it’s time to take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to this Rose Bowl matchup so you can bet on the NCAA Football Bowl Odds.
Who is Playing in the Rose Bowl? | Penn State Nittany Lions vs Utah Utes Betting Preview
Penn State versus Utah Lines | Rose Bowl Odds
- When: Monday, January 2 at 5 PM EST
- Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena
- TV: ESPN
Why bet on the Utah Utes
You do have to wonder how the Utah Utes will approach this one given that they have already won the PAC 12 Conference Championship after stunning USC in the big game. Will they rest on their laurels or is this a team looking to deliver one more big win before we close the book on this season. Given how things went doming down the stretch, you have to feel that this is a team hungry for more success, with a Rose Bowl win certainly another very good entry on the resume. This is a team that was definitely fun to watch this season, averaging over 40 PPG on the offensive side of the football. They were defensively sound, too, giving up around 20 PPG. They are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 and have been a good bet against the Big Ten, going 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings. The UNDER has hit in 4 of their last 6.
Why bet on the Penn State Nittany Lions
In the grand scheme of things, winning 10 games in the regular season is usually the sign of a very good year. In the Big Ten East Division, though, it means finishing 3rd best. Penn State hit those 10 wins, but they still managed to fall behind Michigan and Ohio State, both of whom will be in the playoffs this year. With that in mind, you could believe that the Nittany Lions will be coming into this one looking to end their season with what would be considered a very good win. They are quite similar to their opponent here in that they were good on offense, averaging over 35 PPG, whilst also being solid on D, giving up just over 18 PPG. Penn State is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games, with the OVER hitting in 5 of their last 6 versus the PAC-12.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This looks to be one of the more entertaining games on the bowl schedule, but will it be the offenses or defenses that show up in this one. I have a feeling that both teams are really going to go for it, which is why I like the OVER.
College Football Betting Pick: Penn State Nittany Lions 36 Utah Utes 33