Penn State Nittany Lions vs Utah Utes 1-2-23

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Utah Utes 1/2/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Utah Utes 1/2/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The #11 Penn State Nittany Lions will go against the #8 Utah Utes in Rose Bowl Game Presented by Prudential action in Rose Bowl, CA, on Monday, January 2, 2023, at 5:00 PM ET.


Utah had hopes of making the College Football Playoff when the season began but will have to make do with a return trip to the Rose Bowl.


The Utes lost on the road in Florida to start the year, as well as at UCLA and Oregon.


After winning 63-21 against Colorado to end the regular season, they defeated then-No. 4 USC 47-24 to eliminate the Trojans from contention for the College Football Playoff.


Utah will be eager for a second chance to win one of the most renowned games in all of sports after losing to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl last year on a last-second field goal.


The Utes were defeated by the Buckeyes after leading for the first 55 minutes of the game; however, they were dealt a severe blow when quarterback Cam Rising left the match in the last quarter with a head injury.


This season, he made a comeback, and he now oversees an offense that scored 42.3 points on average per game in their final three games.


Rising has almost 3,000 passing yards and 25 touchdowns under his belt, and his QBR (82.9) is among the top 10 in the nation.


Tavion Thomas, the team’s leading rusher with 687 yards, will not play in this contest due to a toe injury and NFL draft declaration. 


  • The Utah Utes are 4-1 ATS in their previous 5 meetings. 
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Utah’s last 6 matches. 
  • The Utah Utes are 6-1 SU in their last 7 matches.

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Given that both of Penn State’s defeats came to teams who were in the College Football Playoff, it’s possible that they were the most underrated team in college football this season (Michigan, Ohio State).


The Nittany Lions prevailed in their final ten contests, finishing the Big Ten season with a mixed record.


They defeated Indiana, Maryland, Rutgers, and Michigan State to finish the regular season on a four-game undefeated run.


Veteran quarterback Sean Clifford, who will end his career as the program’s all-time top passer, is in charge of Penn State’s offense. As a four-year starter, he passed for 10,382 yards and 84 touchdowns.


Each of Clifford’s previous five games featured a touchdown throw from him.


Parker Washington, a sophomore wide receiver, was his favorite target this season. He hauled in 46 catches for 611 yards and two scores, but he will be sidelined on Monday.


Kaytron Allen and Nicholas Singleton, who collaborated for almost 1,800 running yards and 19 touchdowns, are the team’s leading rushers. Having a defense that was as effective as Penn State’s helps.


Overall, they limited opponents to an average of 18 points per game, but in their final 3 matches, that average dropped to 13.7. Joey Porter Jr., a star cornerback, decided not to play in the bowl game.


  • The total went OVER in 5 of Penn State’s last 7 matches. 
  • The Penn State Nittany Lions are 5-1 SU in their last 6 matches. 
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Penn State’s last 6 matches in the Pac-12 Conference.

#11 Penn State Nittany Lions vs 8 Utah Utes. The NCAAF pick for this game is the #8 Utah Utes. Although teams sometimes lack motivation for non-playoff bowl games in this day and age, Utah will be intensely focused coming into this contest.


The Utes had a taste of what it might be like to win this match last season when they narrowly lost in the Rose Bowl. They performed admirably in the final five games of the regular season, covering the spread in four of those contests.


The top wide receiver and cornerback for Penn State’s offense will be absent since the Nittany Lions lost their previous six games in January.


Under head coach Kyle Whittingham, Utah has an 11-4 record in bowl games, and it is predicted that the Utes will win again on Monday. The #8 Utah Utes will win to a predicted score of 30-27.


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NCAAF Starting Time: 5:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Rose Bowl, CA


Date: Monday, January 2, 2023




NCAAF Odds: Utah Utes -2.5 


NCAAF Totals: 53


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