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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Utah Utes Preview

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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Utah Utes Preview

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In this year's Rose Bowl, the Penn State Nittany Lions will meet the Utah Utes. The Nittany Lions are slim favorites (-1.5). The predicted point total for the game is 54.

The Nittany Lions are favorites (-1.5) in an expected close game with the Utes. The total is set at 54 points.

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Odds and Game Info

  • Game Day: Monday, January 2, 2023
  • Game Time: 5:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN
  • Location: Pasadena, California
  • Stadium: Rose Bowl
  • Spread Favorite: Penn State (-1.5)
  • Moneyline: Penn State (-121), Utah (-100)
  • Total: 54 Points

Penn State Betting Info

  • Penn State's record against the spread is 8-3-1.
  • As 1.5-point favorites or more, Penn State is 7-2-1 against the spread.
  • This year, eight of Penn State's 12 games have hit the over.
  • The Nittany Lions have not yet lost a game they were the moneyline favorite, going 10-0 in those matchups this season.
  • The Nittany Lions have played 10 times with moneyline odds of -121 or shorter, and earned a victory in each game.

Utah Betting Info

  • Utah has eight wins in 13 contests against the spread this season.
  • Utah has yet to lose ATS (1-0) as a 1.5-point underdog or greater this year.
  • Utah has played 13 games this season, and seven of them have gone over the total.
  • The Utes won the only game they've played as the underdog this season.
  • The Utes are undefeated in three games this season when they're the underdog by -100 or more on the moneyline.

Penn State vs. Utah Comparison

Compare 2022 season stats for Nittany Lions and Utes
Nittany Lions Stats Utes
250.3 Pass yards 252.5
212.0 Pass yards against 218.3
182.1 Rush yards 220.3
105.8 Rush yards against 107.0
+10 Turnover differential +7

Penn State Leaders

  • Sean Clifford has compiled 2,543 yards (211.9 ypg) on 210-of-330 passing with 22 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions this season. In addition, he's added 186 rushing yards (15.5 ypg) on 62 carries while scoring five touchdowns on the ground.
  • Nicholas Singleton has racked up 932 yards on 148 carries while finding paydirt 10 times as a runner.
  • Kaytron Allen has collected 830 yards on 156 attempts, scoring nine times.
  • Parker Washington has hauled in 46 receptions for 611 yards (50.9 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He's found the end zone two times as a receiver.
  • Mitchell Tinsley has hauled in 45 receptions totaling 528 yards, finding the end zone four times as a receiver so far this campaign.
  • Brenton Strange's 32 receptions have yielded 362 yards and five touchdowns.
  • Abdul Carter has 6.5 sacks to pace the team, and also has 9.0 TFL and 51 tackles.
  • Ji'Ayir Brown has been all over the field, leading the team in both tackles and interceptions. He has 64 tackles, 4.0 TFL, three sacks, and three interceptions so far.

Utah Leaders

  • Cameron Rising has racked up 2,939 yards on 66.1% passing while collecting 25 touchdown passes with seven interceptions this season. He's also run for 410 yards with six scores.
  • Tavion Thomas has rushed 142 times for 687 yards, with seven touchdowns.
  • Micah Bernard has been given 95 carries and totaled 474 yards with four touchdowns while also gaining 323 yards through the air with one touchdown.
  • Dalton Kincaid has hauled in 873 receiving yards on 69 catches to pace his team so far this season while scoring eight touchdowns as a receiver.
  • Devaughn Vele has collected 595 receiving yards (45.8 yards per game) and five touchdowns on 50 receptions.
  • Money Parks' 25 receptions (on 40 targets) have netted him 402 yards (30.9 ypg) and two touchdowns.
  • Gabe Reid paces the team with 5.5 sacks, and also has 8.0 TFL and 28 tackles.
  • R.J. Hubert, Utah's tackle leader, has 64 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and three interceptions this year.
  • Clark Phillips III leads the team with six interceptions, while also collecting 21 tackles, 2.0 TFL, one sack, and six passes defended.

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Penn State vs. Utah Over/Under Trends

  • Penn State's 12 games this season have gone over this contest's total of 54 points seven times.
  • Utah has combined with its opponent to score more than 54 points in eight of 13 games this season.
  • Penn State has had an average of 52.2 points in their games this season, 1.8 fewer than this matchup's total.
  • Utah's games this year have had a 58.1-point total on average, 4.1 more points than this matchup's over/under.

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