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Rose Bowl Betting 2024 Odds, Predictions, Preview

The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Utah Utes 35-21 in the 2022 Rose Bowl.

Check out last year's coverage here below and tune back in with us soon for the 2024 Rose Bowl Odds, Picks and Predictions.

The Granddaddy of Them All will be the final bowl game before the College Football Playoff National Championship Game next week. The Penn State Nittany Lions and Utah Utes each played in a memorable game the last time they were selected to play in the Rose Bowl. Penn State lost a back-and-forth thriller to USC in the 2017 Rose Bowl despite a legendary performance from Saquon Barkley.

Meanwhile, Utah blew multiple two-score leads on its way to a 48-45 loss to Ohio State in last year’s bowl game as C.J. Stroud and Jaxon Smith-Njigba had record-setting outings. Here’s hoping that carries over to this year’s iteration of the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Prudential.

This year’s Rose Bowl will be played on Monday, January 2, 2023, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Utah Utes Betting Prediction

It took over 100 years for Utah to make its first Rose Bowl appearance, and now the Utes are making their second trip to Pasadena in as many years. They want to make the most of it after last year’s heartbreak, so look for Kyle Whittingham’s squad to be even more focused against Penn State.

The Nittany Lions had a very quiet 10-2 campaign, and they are a solid team, but the Utes should be able to score their first major bowl victory since the 2008 Sugar Bowl.

Score Prediction: Utah 29, Penn State 21
Best Bet: Utah -1.5

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Utah Utes Betting Odds

Rose Bowl Betting Resources

  • Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
  • TV-Time: ESPN, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Rose Bowl Stadium
  • Location: Pasadena, California
  • Expert Picks

Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Analysis

The Nittany Lions were blown out by both Michigan and Ohio State, but they took care of business against everyone else on their schedule including Auburn and Purdue. Sean Clifford has been an above average quarterback during his time in Happy Valley, and the four-year starter completed 63.6% of his passes for 2,543 yards (7.7 YPA) with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. However, he won’t have his top option on the perimeter in the Rose Bowl as Parker Washington opted out of the game in order to declare for the NFL Draft.

Mitchell Tinsley and tight end Brenton Strange will likely be the primary targets for Clifford with Washington out. Tight end Theo Johnson and KeAndre Lambert-Smith are players to watch in the red zone.

Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen split the carries in the backfield after Keyvone Lee was sidelined for most of the season with an injury. Singleton ran for 941 yards (6.3 YPC) and 10 touchdowns, while Allen ran for 830 yards (5.3 YPC) and nine TDs.
Penn State ranked 11th in Defensive SP+ this season. Elite cornerback Joey Porter Jr. is a three-time all-conference award winner at the position, but he decided to opt out of the Rose Bowl in order to prepare for the NFL Draft. Everyone else on this defense is slated to play though, including All-Big Ten selections like Abdul Carter, P.J. Mustipher, and Kalen King.

Utah hopes QB Cam Rising will lead the Utes to their first bowl victory since 2017. (Getty)

Utah Utes Betting Analysis

Cam Rising is still developing, but he had a strong sophomore season under center for Utah. Rising completed 66.2% of his passes for 2,939 yards (8.1 YPA) with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He was only sacked eight times behind an excellent offensive line that had multiple all-conference selections, and that helped Rising run for 409 yards and six touchdowns.

This offense depends on tight ends more than any other offense in the league. However, Brant Kuithe suffered a season-ending injury in late September, and Dalton Kincaid decided to opt out rather than risk injury in the bowl game. Devaughn Vele is the leading returning receiver with 50 receptions for 595 yards and five touchdowns, and tight end Thomas Yassmin should see a heavy workload with Kuithe and Kincaid absent.

Utah has a very good ground game. The Utes ran for almost 3,000 yards this season as five different players had at least 360 rushing yards. Top running back Tavion Thomas opted out of the Rose Bowl to prepare for the NFL Draft, but Micah Bernard, Jaylon Glover, and Ja’Quinden Jackson have all flashed for moments.

The Utes rank 21st in Defensive SP+ coming into bowl season. Utah has done a very good job stopping the run with the size up front, but the secondary has left something to be desired. That means Clark Phillips III’s decision to opt out after leading the team with six interceptions is a very big blow. Junior Tafuna and Karene Reid are sophomores that will be asked to play a much bigger role after being named Second Team All-PAC 12 picks.

Rose Bowl History

The Rose Bowl dates as far back as 1902 and began in 1916 with the matchup hosting schools from the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. This traditional matchup ended with the bowl started to participate in championship and semifinal matchups. During years the Rose Bowl is not used as a venue for the postseason, then it reverts back to the original bowl tie-ins. This game takes place at the Rose Bowl from Pasadena, California and is usually played on New Year's Day. 

USC has the most appearances (34) and wins (25) in Rose Bowl History, including an epic 52-49 shootout against Penn State which netted the most total points in the history of the 'Granddaddy of them all'. The 59 points scored by the Oregon Ducks in the 2014 season was the most ever in Rose Bowl history.

The Pac-12 got back in the win column in the 2019 installment as Oregon rallied past Wisconsin for a 28-27 win. 

The Rose Bowl is part of the College Football Playoff rotation and was part of three semifinal matchups played in 2014, 2018 and 2021. The first two easily went 'over' in those semifinal games, but the 'under' hit in Alabama's rout of Notre Dame in 2021.

In 2022, it was back to a traditional Big Ten vs. Pac-12 matchup, and it was a classic. Ohio State outlasted Utah by a 48-45 count, with Buckeyes WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba setting an all-time bowl record with 347 receiving yards on 15 grabs with three touchdowns.

YearMatchupSpread/TotalsATS Result
2022Penn State Nittany Lions 35 Utah Utes 21Penn State -1, 55Favorite, Over
2021Alabama 31 Notre Dame 14Alabama -18.5, 65.5Underdog, Under
2019Oregon 28 Wisconsin 27Wisconsin -3, 52.5Underdog, Over
2018Ohio State 28 Washington 23Ohio State -5.5, 55.5Underdog, Under
2017Georgia 54 Oklahoma 48 (2OT)Georgia -2.5, 62.5Favorite, Over
2016USC 52 Penn State 49USC -7, 60Underdog, Over
2015Stanford 45 Iowa 16Stanford -6, 51.5Favorite, Over
2014Oregon 59 Florida State 20Oregon -8, 74Favorite, Over
2013Michigan State 24 Stanford 20Stanford -6.5, 41Underdog, Over
2012Stanford 20 Wisconsin 14Stanford -4, 46.5Favorite, Under
2011Oregon 45 Wisconsin 38Oregon -4.5, 74Favorite, Over
2010TCU 21 Wisconsin 19TCU -3, 54.5Underdog, Under
2009Ohio State 26 Oregon 17Oregon -4.5, 51Underdog, Under
2008USC 38 Penn State 24USC -10, 44.5Favorite, Over
2007USC 49 Illinois 17USC -13.5, 49Favorite, Over
2006USC 32 Michigan 18Michigan -2, 47.5Underdog, Over
2005Texas 41 USC 38USC -7, 69.5Underdog, Over
2004Texas 38 Michigan 37Texas -7, 54Underdog, Over
2003USC 28 Michigan 14USC -7, 58Favorite, Under
2002Oklahoma 34 Washington State 14Washington State -5, 53Underdog, Under
2001Miami, Fl. 37 Nebraska 14Miami -8.5, 54.5Favorite, Under
2000Washington 34 Purdue 24Purdue -1, 60Underdog, Under
1999Wisconsin 17 Stanford 9Stanford -11, 58Underdog, Under
1998Wisconsin 38 UCLA 31UCLA -9, 62Underdog, Over
1997Michigan 21 Washington State 16Michigan -7, 50Underdog, Under
1996Ohio State 20 Arizona State 17Ohio State -1.5, 53.5Favorite, Under
1995USC 41 Northwestern 32USC -3, 41Favorite, Over
1994Penn State 38 Oregon 20Penn State -17, 57Favorite, Over
1993Wisconsin 21 UCLA 16UCLA -6.5, 48.5Underdog, Under
1992Michigan 38 Washington 31Washington -2, 42Underdog, Over
1991Washington 34 Michigan 14Washington -7, 44.5Favorite, Over
1990Washington 46 Iowa 34Washington -9.5, 47.5Favorite, Over
1989USC 17 Michigan 10USC -1.5, 38Favorite, Under
1988Michigan 22 USC 14USC -6.5, 41Underdog, Under
1987Michigan State 20 USC 17USC -2.5, 37.5Underdog, Under
1986Arizona State 22 Michigan 15--
1985UCLA 45 Iowa 28--
1984USC 20 Ohio State 17--
1983UCLA 45 Illinois 9--
1982UCLA 24 Michigan 14--
1981Washington 28 Iowa 0--
1980Michigan 23 Washington 6--
1979USC 17 Ohio State 16--
1978USC 17 Michigan 10--
1977Washington 27 Michigan 20--
1976USC 14 Michigan 6--
1975UCLA 23 Ohio State 10--
1974USC 18 Ohio State 17--
1973Ohio State 42 USC 21--
1972USC 42 Ohio State 17--
1971Stanford 13 Michigan 12--
1970Stanford 27 Ohio State 17--
1969USC 10 Michigan 3--
1968Ohio State 27 USC 16--
1967USC 14 Indiana 3--
1966Purdue 14 USC 13--
1965UCLA 14 Michigan State 12--
1964Michigan 34 Oregon State 7--
1963Illinois 17 Washington 7--
1962USC 42 Wisconsin 37--
1961Minnesota 21 UCLA 3--
1960Washington 17 Minnesota 7--
1959Washington 44 Wisconsin 8--
1958Iowa 38 California 12--
1957Ohio State 10 Oregon 7--
1956Iowa 35 Oregon State 19--
1955Michigan State 17 UCLA 14--
1954Ohio State 20 USC 7--
1953Michigan State 28 UCLA 20--
1952USC 7 Wisconsin 0--
1951Illinois 40 Stanford 7--
1950Michigan 14 California 6--
1949Ohio State 17 California 14--
1948Northwestern 20 California 14--
1947Michigan 49 USC 0--
1946Illinois 45 UCLA 14--
1945Alabama 34 USC 14--
1944USC 25 Tennessee 0--
1943USC 29 Washington 0--
1942Georgia 9 UCLA 0--
1941Oregon State 20 Duke 16--
1940Stanford 21 Nebraska 13--
1939USC 14 Tennessee 0--
1938USC 7 Duke 3--
1937California 13 Alabama 0--
1936Pittsburgh 21 Washington 0--
1935Stanford 7 SMU 0--
1934Alabama 29 Stanford 13--
1933Columbia 7 Stanford 0--
1932USC 35 Pittsburgh 0--
1931USC 21 Tulane 12--
1930Alabama 24 Washington State 0--
1929USC 47 Pittsburgh 14--
1928Georgia Tech 8 California 7--
1927Stanford 7 Pittsburgh 6--
1926Stanford 7 Alabama 7--
1925Alabama 20 Washington 19--
1924Notre Dame 27 Stanford 10--
1923Washington 14 Navy 14--
1922USC 14 Penn State 3--
1921California 0 Wash. & Jeff. 0--
1920California 28 Ohio State 0--
1919Harvard 7 Oregon 6--
1918Great Lakes-US Navy 17 Mare Island 0--
1917Mare Island-USMC 19 Camp Lewis-US Army 7--
1916Oregon 14 Pennsylvania 0--
1915Washington State 14 Brown 0--
1902Michigan 49 Stanford 0--