Utah Utes College Football Betting
The Utah Utes will play the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Rose Bowl on Monday, January 2, 2023. The Utes are coming off a win in the Pac-12 title game against USC that propelled them into the Rose Bowl, while the Nittany Lions were simply the best Big Ten team available after Michigan and Ohio State made the College Football Playoff. Utah comes into the game at 10-3 SU and 8-5 ATS, with seven games going over the total and six going under, while Penn State is 10-2 SU and 9-3 ATS with eight games going over the total and four going under. The Utes will be playing in the Rose Bowl for the second straight season, as they lost a shootout to Ohio State in last year’s Rose Bowl. The Nittany Lions will be playing in their fifth Rose Bowl and their first one since the 2016 season when they lost a shootout to USC. The Utes are a slight favorite in Rose Bowl odds against the Nittany Lions.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
Utah Utes -2.5
Penn State Nittany Lions +2.5
Utah Utes Weekly Matchup
On Monday, January 2, 2023, the Utah Utes play the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California. Kickoff time is set for 5:00 p.m. ET with television coverage on ESPN.
On paper this should be a very competitive game and oddsmakers definitely think so, as the Utes are just a slight favorite. Each team has an offense that can put points on the board, as they each averaged over 35 points per game. Utah would seem to have the slightly better offense, while Penn State has the better defense.
Utah is averaging 40 points per game which is 8th in the country and they are averaging 473 yards per contest. The Utes are giving up 20.4 points per game which is 24th in the nation and they are allowing just 325.3 yards per game. Tavion Thomas leads the team with 687 yards rushing, Cameron Rising has thrown for 2,939 yards, while Dalton Kincaid leads the team with 890 receiving yards.
Penn State is averaging 35.8 points per game and putting up 432.4 yards per contest. They are giving up just 18 points and allowing only 318.2 yards per game. Nicholas Singleton leads the team with 932 rushing yards, Sean Clifford has thrown for 2,543 yards, while Parker Washington leads the team with 611 receiving yards.
Utah Utes Weekly Recap
The Utes defeated USC on Friday, December 2 after falling behind early by 14 points, coming back to win 47-24 to win the Pac-12 title and a trip in the Rose Bowl. After Caleb Williams and the USC offense got off to a brilliant start, the situation took an unexpected turn. Williams, the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, was blazing early before a hamstring issue restricted his mobility. Utah, though, was able to survive the USC onslaught. Utah scored twice in the final four minutes of the second quarter to equalize the game at 17.
Williams' hamstring injury after an exciting first-quarter run left him at less than 50%, according to USC coach Lincoln Riley. After going three-and-out on its opening three second-half opportunities, much-maligned USC's defense allowed Utah to take the lead for the first time.
Cam Rising connected with Money Parks for a 57-yard touchdown on a third-and-19 play, despite the USC defense missing numerous tackles on the play. It wouldn't be USC's only instance of subpar tackling. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Utah increased its advantage to 10 points, 27-17. Williams then took charge of a valiant 75-yard touchdown drive to cut Utah's lead to only 27-24 with 10:52 remaining.
When it appeared that USC's situation was about to improve, the defense was unable to offer even a token of resistance. Cam Rising connected with tight end Thomas Yassmin on a play-action pass just 44 seconds later. With 10:08 remaining, that 60-yard touchdown increased Utah's advantage back to 10 points, 34-24.
Williams made yet another outstanding play on the subsequent drive when he scampered and connected with Jordan Addison in the backfield on a fourth-down play. But he made a crucial error two plays later. R.J. Hubert of Utah read Williams' staredown of a receiver perfectly and hauled in an interception in the end zone.
Ja'Quinden Jackson of Utah put the icing on the cake three plays after the interception when he ripped off an electrifying 53-yard touchdown run, pushing Utah's advantage to 40-24 with 5:29 left in the game.
Utah had amassed 533 yards of offense by the time the game was through, including 223 yards on the ground and a brilliant 310-yard, three-touchdown performance by quarterback Cam Rising.
Williams would end the game with 363 yards and three touchdowns.
2022 Utah Utes Schedule
||vs. Southern Utah
||vs. San Diego State
||at Arizona State
||vs. Oregon State
||at Washington State
||vs. USC (Pac 12 Championship)
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