Penn State vs. Utah Rose Bowl Game Prediction: Picks & Start Time – January 2, 2023

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The Penn State Nittany Lions will play the Utah Utes in the Rose Bowl Game.

Penn State vs. Utah Odds

Point Spread

The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with bookmakers listing Penn State as the favorites.

Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Penn State has -119 odds to pick up the win, while Utah is listed at -103 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 54 points.

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Game Info

How to Watch Penn State vs. Utah Live?

  • Game Day: Monday, January 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 5:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Pasadena, California
  • Stadium: Rose Bowl

Betting Preview

Penn State

Penn State ranks 34th in total offense this season (432.4 yards per game), but has been shining on the other side of the ball, ranking 14th-best in the FBS with 432.4 yards allowed per game. Penn State has been surging on both sides of the ball, ranking 19th-best in scoring offense (35.8 points per game) and ninth-best in scoring defense (18.0 points allowed per game). Penn State is putting up 250.3 passing yards per game offensively this year (47th in the FBS), and is surrendering 212.0 passing yards per game (48th) on the other side of the ball. Defensively, Penn State has been a top-25 unit in terms of rushing yards, ranking 15th-best by surrendering just 105.9 per game. The Nittany Lions rank 42nd on offense (182.1 rushing yards per game). Penn State owns the 94th-ranked offense this year in terms of third-down efficiency (36.5% percentage), and has been more effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 14th-best with a 30.9% third-down conversion rate allowed. With 21 forced turnovers (19th in the FBS) against 13 turnovers committed (23rd in the FBS), Penn State’s +8 turnover margin is the 16th-best in college football.

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Utah

Things have been positive for Utah on both sides of the ball, as it is posting 472.7 total yards per game (15th-best) and surrendering just 325.3 total yards per game (20th-best). Things have been positive for Utah on both offense and defense, as it is posting 40.0 points per game (seventh-best) and surrendering just 20.4 points per game (19th-best). With 252.5 passing yards per game on offense, Utah ranks 45th in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 55th, allowing 218.3 passing yards per game. Utah has been top-25 in rushing on both offense and defense this season, as it ranks 10th-best in rushing yards per game (220.2) and 16th-best in rushing yards surrendered per game (107.0). Things have been going well for Utah on both offense and defense on third down, as it is putting up a 49.7% third-down conversion rate (seventh-best) and ceding a 29.6% third-down rate (ninth-best). Utah has compiled 23 forced turnovers this season and have turned it over 15 times, leading to a +8 turnover margin, which ranks 16th-best in the FBS.

Penn State vs. Utah Betting Analysis

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Penn State Betting Insights

Penn State has covered the spread eight times this season (8-3-1). In games this season when favored by 1.5 points or more, Penn State has gone 7-2-1 against the spread. This season, Penn State games have hit the over eight times. The Nittany Lions have won all 10 of the games they have been listed as the moneyline favorite this season. The Nittany Lions have played in 10 games as a moneyline favorite with odds of -119 or shorter and won each of them.

Utes Betting Insights

Utah has covered the spread eight times this year (8-5-0). Utah has a perfect 1-0 ATS record when playing as at least 1.5-point underdogs. Utah’s games have finished with a final combined score above the over/under seven times this season. The Utes won the only game they’ve played as the underdog this season. The Utes have been at least a -103 moneyline underdog three times this season and won each of those games.

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Penn State vs. Utah Against The Spread & Betting Records

Penn State

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 52.2 54.4 49.0
Implied Total AVG 33.7 36.9 29.2
ATS Record 8-3-1 4-2-1 4-1-0
Over/Under Record 8-4-0 3-4-0 5-0-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 10-0 6-0 4-0
Moneyline Underdog Record 0-2 0-1 0-1

Utes

Overall Home Away
Point Total AVG 58.2 58.3 58.1
Implied Total AVG 36.6 40.0 33.7
ATS Record 8-5-0 5-1-0 3-4-0
Over/Under Record 7-6-0 3-3-0 4-3-0
Moneyline Favorite Record 7-3 5-0 2-3
Moneyline Underdog Record 1-0 0-0 1-0

Players to Watch

Penn State

  • As part of the Nittany Lions’ defensive unit, Ji’Ayir Brown has registered 61 tackles, four TFL, two sacks, and three interceptions in 12 games.
  • Abdul Carter has helped carry the Nittany Lions’ defense with five sacks to go along with nine TFL and 49 tackles in 10 games.
  • Curtis Jacobs has played nine games, delivering 44 tackles, four TFL, one sack, and one interception for the Nittany Lions.
  • The Nittany Lions’ defense has been aided by the contributions of Kalen King, who has suited up for 11 games, delivering three TFL, 25 tackles, and two interceptions.

Utes

  • R.J. Hubert has been providing a big boost on defense, delivering three interceptions to go with 72 tackles, three TFL, and two passes defended for the Utes.
  • Cole Bishop has been wreaking havoc on defense, amassing one interception to go with 68 tackles, four TFL, one sack, and two passes defended for the Utes.
  • Karene Reid has three sacks to go with four TFL, 64 tackles, and one interception in 13 games.
  • With 52 tackles, 11 TFL, four sacks, and one pass defended in 12 games, Mohamoud Diabate has been making a big difference on defense for the Utes.

Penn State vs. Utah Predictions and Pick

Penn State vs. Utah betting card

    Pick ATS:

    Utes (+1.5)

    Pick OU:

    Over (54)

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How to Bet on Penn State vs. Utah

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Our prediction to win this contest is Utah, and we predict that Utah will cover the spread (Penn State -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 54 points.

WRITTEN BY

Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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