Rose Bowl Betting Prediction

Utah vs. Ohio State, 1/1/22 New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Betting Predictions

The “Grandaddy of them All” will take place at 5:00 p.m. ET on Saturday when Pac-12 champion Utah takes on Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Will the Utes cover as a 4-point underdog or are the Buckeyes the better bet to cover?

Game Snapshot

281 Utah Utes (+4) at 282 Ohio State Buckeyes (-4); o/u 64

5:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, January 1, 2022

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

TV: ESPN

Utah Utes Gophers Game Notes

Utah sophomore QB Cameron Rising completed 15-of-24 passes for 170 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Friday's 38-10 win over Oregon. For the second time in three weeks, Utah has absolutely smash Oregon, as the Utes beat the Ducks 38-7 on November 20th. Rising (6'2/220) didn't need to do much in this one, as the Utes held a 23-0 lead at halftime, and a 31-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Rising did get on the board with a touchdown pass late in the second quarter, when he found Dalton Kincaid on an 11-yard touchdown pass to put Utah up 20-0 with 31 second remaining in the first half. Rising also rushed nine times for 61 yards, and has now thrown for 2,279 yards, 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. Rising and the Utes now head to the Rose Bowl after winning the Pac-12 championship for the first time in school history.

Ohio State Buckeyes Game Notes

Ohio State senior WR Chris Olave has opted out of the Rose Bowl. Olave (6'1"/189) follows on the heels of fellow WR Garrett Wilson in opting out of the Rose Bowl. Olave, OSU's touchdown leader, will not play the last game of his senior season. Olave, along with Wilson, are projected top picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, and since this isn't a playoff game it just makes sense. Olave certainly made his mark on the program and will now move on.

Utah vs. Ohio State Betting Prediction

The Utes are 47-22-2 against the spread in their last 71 games as an underdog, are 14-5 against the spread in their last 19 games following a win and have covered in six of their last eight games against the Big Ten. On the other side, the Buckeyes are 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games and are 1-4 against the number in their last five games following a loss.

ROSE BOWL BETTING PREDICTION: UTAH UTES +4

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