The Nittany Lions aim for a 3rd New Year’s Six Bowl victory, since Franklin’s arrival in Happy Valley, and a potential top-10 finish in the final rankings of the season.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know about Penn State Football vs. Utah in the 2023 Rose Bowl:
Penn State Football Injury Report:
Joey Porter Jr. CB Opting Out
Smith Vilbert DE Ques – Undisclosed
Keyvone Lee RB Ques – Undisclosed
Parker Washington WR Out for Season
Landon Tengwall OL Out for Season
Jerry Cross TE Ques – Undisclosed
Zuriah Fisher DE Out Indefinitely – Knee
Jaden Dottin WR Out Indefinitely – Undisclosed
Utah Injury Report:
Tavion Thomas RB Out for Season – Toe
Brant Kuithe TE Out for Season – Leg
Dalton Kincaid TE Opting Out
Van Fillinger DE Out for Season – Leg
Clarke Phillips III CB Opting Out
Penn State Football (+2.5) vs. Utah
Penn State opens as a 2.5-point underdog. Penn State is 8-3-1 ATS, while Utah is 8-5 this season.
Penn State Football Moneyline: -110
Placing a $110 bet on Penn State Football to knock off Utah, straight up on the moneyline, would pay $100. This is the first meeting between the two sides.
The Nittany Lions are 1-3 all time in the Rose Bowl, although all 3 losses were to the USC Trojans. Utah lost their lone Rose Bowl appearance last season to Ohio State 48-45.
Penn State Football vs. Utah over/under: 52.5
The total has gone over in 8 out of 12 games this season for Penn State. The total has gone over in 7 of 13 for Utah.
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The line has moved a point in Utah’s direction since opening and Penn State currently sits at +2.5-point underdog.
Both teams have had a few opt outs, with Utah taking a few more key starters, but for the most part the teams are just about at full strength.
Utah came really close to getting their first Rose Bowl victory last season before falling late to Ohio State and will certainly be trying to get a statement bowl win for their program.
Meanwhile, Penn State Football looks to return to finish in the Top-10 for the first time since the 2019 season, that was capped off with a Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis. This game is an opportunity to test Penn State against a Top 10 opponent that isn’t a playoff team.
Take the Nittany Lions and the points, if the line gets up to 3 points or higher.
I would take the moneyline on anything less to get the best value.
With the direction that the Rose Bowl has gone in recent years I would also take the over 52.5 as there will most likely be a lot of points scored in this one. Penn State has the more talented team, but Utah has made a habit in recent years of taking down the more talented teams in their conference. The Nittany Lions will pull this one out in a thriller.
Prediction: Penn State 38 Utah 35
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Reliaquest Bowl: Mississippi State vs Illinois Jan. 2nd 12pm ESPN2
After the tragic passing of Bulldog head coach Mike Leach this is the easiest bet of bowl season. The Mississippi State players came out right away and said they wanted to play in this game because it is what Coach Leach would have wanted. It is only fitting that this game is played in Tampa where there is a literal pirate ship in the stadium. Take Bulldogs spread and Moneyline against the Illini.