USC Vs Penn State Rose Bowl Line & PickJosh Bailey
The incendiary fifth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions and red-hot ninth-ranked USC Trojans will throw down in a matchup of two of the hottest teams in all of college football when they take to the gridiron for their 2016 Rose Bowl showdown.
Surprisingly, the Rose Bowl betting line favors Trojans by a TD beat the Nittany Lions. Kick-off for this highly-anticipated matchup will take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at 5:00 PM ET, live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California while airing on ESPN.
USC Trojans Vs Penn State Nittany Lions Rose Bowl Line & Pick
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Who: No. 9 USC Trojans (9-3) vs No. 5 Penn State Nittany Lions (11-2)
When: Monday, January 2, 2017
Start Time: 5:00 PM ET
Where: Pasadena, CA
Stadium: Rose Bowl
Spread: USC -7
Moneyline: USC -265 vs Penn State +245
Game Total: 62.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: USC vs Penn State
Why Bet The USC Trojans To Beat The Nittany Lions
The Trojans (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS) has won eight straight games and comes into this contest off a convincing 45-27 blowout over Notre Dame on Nov. 26 as a huge, 17.5-point favorite.
USC averages a solid 32.9 points per game this season to rank 42nd in scoring nationally while limiting the opposition to just 22.1 points per game defensively to rank an encouraging 24th nationally.
Starting quarterback Sam Darnold has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 2,633 yards with 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions while running back Ronald Jones has rushed for a team-high 1,027 yards and 11 scores. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has caught 63 balls for 781 yards and nine TDs.
Why Bet The Penn State Nittany Lions To Beat The Trojans
The Nittany Lions (11-2 SU, 9-3-1 ATS) have won an impressive nine straight games and comes into the Rose Bowl off a thrilling 38-31 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game on December 3 while covering the college football betting line as a 2.5-point underdog.
This season, Penn State has put up a stellar 36.6 points per game to rank 25th nationally in scoring while ranking an equally impressive 35th nationally in points allowed (23.3 ppg).
Young quarterback Trace McSorley has completed just 57.5 percent of his passes this season, but he’s also thrown for 3,360 yards with 25 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
Gifted running back Saquon Barkley rushed for a stellar 1,302 yards and 16 touchdowns while wideout Chris Goodwin hauled in a team-high 50 passes for 795 yards and nine touchdowns.
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
With 53 percent of the betting public liking Penn State to cover the spread, apparently it’s not just me, but no matter how hard I try, I just don’t understand how USC is, not only favored in this contest, but favored by a whopping touchdown over Penn State no less.
No matter, the Nittany Lions are offering a ton of value as I fully expect them to win outright to cover the Rose Bowl betting line. Quarterback Trace McSorley has as much moxie and poise as any quarterback in the country, not to mention a powerful arm and a sense of touch that you generally don’t see in young quarterbacks.
The Nittany Lions also have a powerful front seven that I expect to get after Sam Darnold and limit USC’s own explosive offense.
While USC has gone 6-0 ATS in their last six games, the Trojans are also just 1-4 ATS in their last five games against teams from the Big Ten and an uninspiring 0-4 ATS in their last four neutral site games.
Penn State has gone 8-0 ATS in their last eight games following a straight up (SU) win and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS win.
The Nittany Lions are also 5-0-1 ATS in their last half-dozen games against a team with a winning record, making them the pick to win and cover as a strange, but value-packed 7-point underdog.