Penn State Nittany Lions College Football Betting
Last season, coach James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions were looking for a breakup. Franklin was rumored for several prominent head coaching positions, such as the USC Trojans. And Penn State fans were perturbed that Franklin made no denials about it. When Penn State’s 2021 season ended in failure, Franklin was said to be on the hot seat. However, Franklin and Penn State stuck together after the coach’s stock fell. So Franklin and the Nittany Lions extended their relationship for several more years at tens of millions of dollars. Penn State fans were not celebrating. But Franklin and the Nittany Lions had a nice 2022 comeback season. But Franklin and the Nittany Lions must continue building to make a serious charge against the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Conference elite class. The Rose Bowl against the Utah Utes is a nice consolation prize for 2022.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
Utah Utes -2.5
Penn State Nittany Lions +2.5
Penn State Nittany Lions Weekly Matchup
On Monday, January 2, 2023, the Utah Utes of the Pac-12 Conference will face the Penn State Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference in the Rose Bowl Game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. Kickoff time is 5 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN.
Penn State is the bigger brand that will draw most casual sector support. In comparison, Utah is a favorite of Wise Guys for its anonymous status with squares combined with a quality product.
Last game, the Utah Utes won 47-24 against the USC Trojans in the Pac-12 championship game as 2.5-point dogs. The game went over the total of 67. Utah has a record of 10-3 straight up, 8-5 against the spread, and 7-6 over/under the total. Utah ranks 17th for total offense, 47th for passing, 10th for rushing and 8th for scoring. Defensively they rank 19th overall, 58th against the pass, 16th against the rush, and 24th for points allowed. Also, Utah ranks 84th for fewest turnovers lost and 37th for takeaways.
The Utes rolled up 533 yards of offense in the rematch, and Cam Rising passed for 310 yards and three touchdowns, earning game MVP. The Trojans looked as if they were going to run away with the game, taking a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter.
After USC failed to pick up a fourth-and-8 from Utah's 37-yard line, the Utes scored two touchdowns in the final 3:55 of the first half, and suddenly the game was tied at 17. Instead of a rout, the game was beginning to look like the shootout the Utes won in October. The game sometimes took on that tone in the second half, but USC had no answer for how to slow down Utah.
Penn State Nittany Lions Weekly Recap
Last game, the Penn State Nittany Lions won 35-16 against the Penn State Nittany Lions as 18.5-point home favorites. The game went under the total of 54. Penn State has a record of 10-2 straight up, 9-3 against the spread, and 8-4 over/under the total. Penn State ranks 35th for total offense, 48th for passing, 47th for rushing and 20th for scoring.
Defensively they rank 18th overall, 52nd against the pass, 15th against the rush, and 10th for points allowed. Also, Penn State ranks 59th for fewest turnovers lost and 28th for takeaways.
Sean Clifford, Penn State’s four-year starter, who opted to return for his sixth and final collegiate season, threw four touchdown passes to lead the Nittany Lions over Michigan State in the regular-season finale.
Afterward, the program's longest-tenured quarterback made a victory lap with his teammates, high-fiving and hugging fans who watched him lift the Nittany Lions out of danger with two masterful, late-scoring drives to swat down the comeback-minded Spartans.
Tight end Theo Johnson caught two touchdown passes, Tyler Warren and running back Nick Singleton each caught one, and KeAndre Lambert-Smith threw a touchdown pass and caught another for the Nittany Lions, who won 10 games for the fourth time under coach James Franklin. Penn State evened the all-time series with the Spartans at 18-18-1 but needed a fourth-quarter push.
The Nittany Lions have played strong since they let a fourth-quarter lead slip away against Ohio State on October 29. In their final four games, opponents scored just five offensive touchdowns. The offense also is hitting on all cylinders with Allen and Singleton co-starring.
2022 Penn State Nittany Lions Schedule
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