Ohio State Opens as Big Favorite Over Utah for Rose Bowl

Devon Platana
The Ohio State Buckeyes have opened as the big favorite over the Utah Utes for the 2021 Rose Bowl.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have opened as the big favorite over the Utah Utes for the 2021 Rose Bowl. / Mike Mulholland/GettyImages
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With NCAA college football's Championship Week in the rearview, fans are now turning their attention to this year's bowl games. One of those matchups is the famed Rose Bowl, which will be contested on New Year's Day between the No. 11 Utah Utes and No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes.

FanDuel Sportsbook's opening Rose Bowl odds list Ohio State as the clear-cut 6.5-point favorite, with -115 odds to cover the spread. Meanwhile, Utah is -105 to cover.

Opening Rose Bowl Odds

Ohio State is no stranger to the Rose Bowl. The Buckeyes have made 15 appearances in the annual classic, with their most recent victory coming over Washington on New Year's Day 2019. Overall, Ohio State is 8-7 in Rose Bowl games.

This is Utah's first-ever Rose Bowl appearance. Nevertheless, the Utes are riding the momentum from their 38-10 Pac-12 Championship victory over No. 14 Oregon last week.

The upcoming clash will also be the second-ever head-to-head matchup between Utah and Ohio State. Their last meeting happened on Sept. 27, 1986, resulting in a Buckeyes victory.

The odds can change a lot between now and Jan. 1, however, it's looking like Ohio State will kickoff the New Year with its ninth Rose Bowl victory.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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