Rose Bowl: How to watch, Best Bets, Predictions, and Preview of Penn State-Utah


The Rose Bowl presented by Prudential between the Penn State Nittany Lions and Utah Utes is Monday, Jan. 2, at 5:00pm ET on ESPN. Betting information below is provided by BetMGM** and is current as of Dec. 30. Click on the links provided to see the most up-to-date lines and odds.

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Rose Bowl Preview: Penn State vs. Utah (Utah -2.5, o/u 52.5)

Best Bets: Penn State +2.5, Over 52.5

The Rose Bowl will feature an explosive Utah offense against a stout Penn State defense in Pasadena. Utah is coming off a statement win over then-fourth-ranked USC in the Pac-12 Championship game, when the Utes came back from an early 17-3 deficit to trounce the Trojans 47-24, ending USC’s playoff hopes.

Penn State didn’t play in the Big Ten Championship game, having finished third in the strong Big Ten East division led by No. 2 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State. Penn State’s only losses this season came at the hands of those two teams, which both made the College Football Playoff. Penn State’s last game was a Week 13 win at home over Michigan State.

Utah’s success has come largely thanks to a dynamic high-scoring offense: the Utes are eighth in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 40 points per game, and 17th in total offense with an average of 472.7 yards per game.

The Utes’ most impressive showing was that Pac-12 Championship game, where they earned a big upset over USC and Heisman winner Caleb Williams. In that game, Utah junior quarterback Cam Rising threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and freshman running back Ja’Quinden Jackson added 105 yards and two TDs on the ground.

NBC Sports EDGE Preview: Penn State vs Utah

“We played with a chip on our shoulder,” Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said Thursday. “It seemed like the media overlooked us a bit [ahead of the Pas-12 Championship game] and we used that as motivation.”

Whittingham said Utah is not making any big changes for this game and that with Penn State “committed to the run game,” that area is a focus for his defense.

Indeed, the run game has been the brightest spot for Penn State’s offense this season, led by freshman running back Nick Singleton. Singleton is in the country’s top 15 rushers in yards per carry, averaging 6.32 yards every time he takes a handoff.

Penn State senior quarterback Sean Clifford gave high praise to Singleton and his fellow backs on Thursday, as well as the Nittany Lions’ tight end core led by junior Brenton Strange. “It’s hard for defensive coordinators to keep up sometimes,” Clifford said. Both Clifford and Strange are headed to the NFL Draft in the spring.

But it’s the defense that has shone brightest for the Nittany Lions this season. Penn State is tied with Alabama for the ninth-best scoring defense in the nation, allowing an average 18 points per game. PSU is also 15th in total defense (317.8 yards allowed per game) and sixth in red zone defense.

Penn State’s rush defense will be tested by the Utes, who are 10th in the country with an average of 220.2 rush yards per game. Utah’s offense can be versatile outside the rush, though, thanks to Rising’s playmaking at QB. Rising – who grew up less than a hundred miles from Pasadena in Ventura, CA – boasts a 66.2% completion rate this season, better than Heisman winner Caleb Williams and Heisman finalist Max Duggan of TCU.

Rising during the Pac-12 Championship game in Las Vegas. (Jason Allen / Getty)

Rising says the Utes want redemption after losing the 2022 Rose Bowl, in which Ohio State scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to beat Utah 48-45. “We’re looking to finish that unfinished business,” Rising said Thursday. “We came up short last year.”

Penn State head coach James Franklin knows the Utes are a hungry and tough opponent. “I wouldn’t say there’s an obvious weakness with this team,” Franklin told media on Thursday. “It’ll be a real challenge.”

Prediction: Utah’s three losses this season have come at the hands of teams with competent defenses, and Penn State’s defense might be the best they’ve faced. Penn State’s fight against Ohio State is promising for the Nittany Lions to be able to contain Utah’s offense just enough to win this one. Look for Penn State to cover with the Over in play.

Penn State vs Utah matchup history

Penn State and Utah have never faced each other. This is Penn State’s fourth appearance in the Rose Bowl; the Nittany Lions are 1-2 in their three previous appearances, most recently losing to USC in 2017. Utah has played in the Rose Bowl only once before – last season – and lost to Ohio State to start 2022.

History of the Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl is the oldest active college football Bowl Game, dating back to 1902. The game has been played annually since 1916 at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, and is played on New Year’s Day except in years when January 1 falls on a Sunday. That’s why the game is on January 2 this year.

An aerial view of the 100-year-old Rose Bowl Stadium (opened October 1922) prior to this season’s Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California. (David McNew / Getty)

The Rose Bowl traditionally features the Pac-12 champion and the Big Ten champion. The 2022 season’s edition features Pac-12 champion Utah (10-3) and Penn State (10-2), who didn’t win the Big Ten title but was the top Big Ten team available after Michigan and Ohio State made the four-team College Football Playoff.

Changes Coming to the Rose Bowl in 2024 and 2025

The Rose Bowl is one of the six major bowl games (known as the “New Year’s Six” for their traditional timing) that will be part of the newly-expanded College Football Playoff in 2024 and 2025. Starting in the 2024 season, the playoff will include 12 teams instead of just four, following a bracket format.

The quarterfinals and semifinals of that bracket format will be played in the bowls that have been rotating as hosts of the semifinals in the current format: Rose, Sugar, Orange, Peach, Cotton and Fiesta.

To read more about the coming changes to the Rose Bowl and CFP, click here.


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Wisconsin college football history: Big Ten and national titles, stadium, 2023 season outlook and more


Winners of the inaugural Big Ten title in 1896, the Wisconsin Badgers enter a new era in 2023 with Luke Fickell taking over as head coach. Fickell takes over a team which finished last season with a losing conference record for the first time since 2008 and enters this year with a new quarterback under center.

Beginning this fall, NBC and Peacock will be the exclusive home of Big Ten Saturday Night, a primetime football game each weekend. Peacock will also serve as the exclusive home for eight additional Big Ten football games each season. Keep reading for a primer on all things Wisconsin and all things Big Ten ahead of the 2023 season.

How long has Wisconsin been in the Big Ten?

Wisconsin is one of the original members of the Big Ten, playing in the conference’s inaugural season in 1896. The Badgers won each of the first two conference titles, finishing first in the Big Ten in both 1896 and 1897.

Has Wisconsin ever won the Big Ten championship?

Wisconsin has won 14 Big Ten championships, including the inaugural title in the 1896 season. Their most recent Big Ten championship came in the 2012 season, which capped off three-straight conference titles for the Badgers from 2010 to 2012.

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Has Wisconsin ever won the national championship?

No, Wisconsin has never won a national championship in football. In the 1962 season, Wisconsin finished second in both the AP and Coaches polls behind Southern Cal, who defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl that season.

What is the name of Wisconsin’s stadium?

With a capacity of more than 80,000, Camp Randall Stadium serves as the home of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. The land was originally used for training Wisconsin troops during the Civil War and is named after Wisconsin’s first wartime governor, Alexander W. Randall. Camp Randall is home to one of college football’s greatest traditions, with the crowd erupting with the playing of the song “Jump Around” by House of Pain.

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Who is Wisconsin’s head coach?

After leading Cincinnati for the past six seasons, Luke Fickell is entering his first year as head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. Fickell replaces Paul Chryst, who was fired last October and replaced by Jim Leonhard, who finished the year as interim head coach. Fickell went 57-18 over his six seasons in Cincinnati, including a trip to the 2021 College Football Playoff. He is no stranger to the Big Ten, playing at Ohio State in the 1990’s and spending 16 of his first 18 seasons in coaching on the Buckeyes’ staff, including one year as head coach (2011).

What is Wisconsin’s mascot?

Bucky Badger (full name Buckingham U. Badger) is the mascot for the Wisconsin Badgers. While the badger has been the university’s mascot since 1889, the first costumed Bucky did not make an appearance until 1949 and is known for wearing his signature red and white striped shirt.

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What is Wisconsin’s 2023 season outlook?

The Luke Fickell era is beginning in Madison, with Fickell taking over a team that has won a bowl game in eight of the past nine seasons. Coming with Fickell is new offensive coordinator Phil Longo, who spent the past four years in the same position at North Carolina. Longo is known for having a pass-heavy offense with the Tar Heels and will look to bring that to a Wisconsin program known for a ground-and-pound, run-heavy attack. Fickell and Longo brought in three new quarterbacks from the transfer portal to replace former starter Graham Mertz, who transferred to Florida. Redshirt senior Tanner Mordecai, who played at both Oklahoma and SMU, looks set to take over as the starting QB in Madison this year.

How to Watch Big Ten Football on NBC and Peacock

In August 2022, NBCUniversal and the Big Ten Conference today announced a landmark 7-year agreement for NBC and Peacock to become the exclusive home of Big Ten Saturday Night football, beginning in fall of 2023. Peacock will also serve as the exclusive home for eight additional Big Ten Football games each season.

NBC Sports/Peacock’s new agreement with college sports’ top conference will also feature dozens of men’s and women’s basketball games (including multiple games each year in the Men’s and Women’s Big Ten Tournaments), Olympic sports, golf and more, providing hundreds of hours of Big Ten content across Peacock.

What devices can I watch Peacock on?

Peacock is currently available on the Roku platform; Amazon FireTV and Fire tablets; Apple devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD; Google platforms and devices including Android™, Android TV™ devices, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices;  Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One S and Xbox One X; Sony PlayStation4 and PlayStation 4 Pro; Samsung Smart TVs; VIZIO SmartCast™ TVs; LG Smart TVs; Comcast’s entertainment platforms including Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex, and XClass TV; and Cox’s Contour and Contour Stream Player devices. To learn more about Peacock and how to sign up, visit

When will UCLA, USC join the Big Ten Conference?


The Big Ten has served as one of the nation’s premier intercollegiate athletic conferences for over 125 years. Originally founded by a group of seven universities led by Purdue president James H. Smart, the group has grown by leaps and bounds since its formation in 1896. The conference that was originally comprised of seven teams grew to an eventual 14, and is now set to expand to 16 with the groundbreaking addition of UCLA and USC to the Big Ten.

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When will USC, UCLA join the Big Ten?

Crosstown rival programs USC and UCLA both announced in summer 2022 that they will leave the Pac-12 Conference for the Big Ten on August 2, 2024.

The move rocked the college football world, considering the length of time that both schools were members of their previous conference. USC had held Pac-12 membership since 1922, winning a total of 39 conference football titles and nine basketball titles in that span. The UCLA Bruins were a part of the group since 1928, taking home 16 football and 32 basketball conference titles in those years.

UCLA and USC’s transition was announced on the heels of Oklahoma and Texas confirming their departure for the SEC last season, a move that is set to transpire ahead of the 2025 college football season.

Come 2024, the Pac-12 will be comprised of only 10 members, while the Big Ten will stretch from coast to coast.

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What schools are in the Big Ten Conference?

  • University of Michigan
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • University Maryland
  • Michigan State University
  • Indiana University
  • Rutgers University
  • Purdue University
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin
  • University of Nebraska
  • Northwestern University
  • USC (will join in 2024)
  • UCLA (will join in 2024)

Why is it called the Big Ten?

Despite its current 14 members, the conference retains its title of “Big Ten” to this day. The name originated after Michigan rejoined in 1917, bringing the membership from nine to 10 teams. Media members were the first to dub the group the “Big Ten”, which was eventually confirmed as the conference’s official name in 1987.

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How can I watch Big Ten football, basketball and more?

While Big Ten football coverage for the 2023 season will be split among NBC, Fox and CBS, NBC and Peacock will be the home of the conference’s biggest game every week with Big Ten Saturday Night. NBC Sports’ new agreement with the Big Ten will also feature coverage of several men’s and women’s basketball games, Olympic sports, golf and more.

It became official in August of 2022 that NBC will air Big Ten Saturday Night on NBC and Peacock, with a primetime football game each fall weekend.