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Rose Bowl Odds, Trends & Betting History

Rose Bowl Odds are Here!

The Rose Bowl is one of the most iconic and important games during the college football bowl season. People flock to Pasadena, California for the game every year and bettors look for Rose Bowl odds long before the matchup is finalized.

Since the inception of the College Football Playoff in 2014, the Rose Bowl has been used in the rotation for the semifinal games, but the 2021 edition will not be part of the playoff. This years Rose Bowl will occur on January 1 at 5 p.m. ET and features a matchup between Ohio State and Utah.

Below, we look at Rose Bowl odds and offer handicapping info to help you make smart football betting picks on this college bowl game.

For a complete statistical breakdown of the Rose Bowl odds, see our Utah vs Ohio State Matchup Report, or you can check out our College Football Bowl Schedule for all NCAAF games this winter.

2021 Rose Bowl Odds

When No. 11 Utah takes on No. 6 Ohio State, oddsmakers are predicting a 4.0-point advantage for the Buckeyes, with the OVER/UNDER set around 63.5. 

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Odds as of January 1 from Bovada

2021 Rose Bowl Betting Trends:

  • Utah is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games.
  • OSU is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games vs the Pac-12.
  • The OVER is 12-6 in OSU’s last 18 games.

Betting History Of The Rose Bowl

The very first Rose Bowl game was played on January 1, 1902, and the game has been held annually on New Year’s Day since 1916. With very few exceptions, this bowl has been played between teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten since 1947.

From 2007 to 2016, betting favorites were dominant in the Rose Bowl, going 8-2 straight up (SU) and 6-4 against the spread (ATS). The Pac-12 is 51-44-3 all-time in 98 appearances. But, in games that don’t include USC, the conference’s record drops to 26-35-3 SU. From 2014 to 2016, the combined Rose Bowl score went OVER the posted total.

Former Rose Bowl MVPs include college football greats like Christian McCaffrey, Marcus Mariota, Andy Dalton, interior design star Keyshawn Johnson, Jack Del Rio – remember him? – Warren Moon and Jim Plunkett. Vince Young won back-to-back MVP awards in the 2004 and 2005 Rose Bowls, leading Texas to a 41-38 win over USC for the national championship in his final collegiate game.

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The 2017 Rose Bowl saw the No. 3-ranked Georgia Bulldogs take on the No. 2-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Each college football team posted only one outright loss on the season with the Sooners coming into the game riding an eight-game winning streak. Six of those wins came in double-digit form but it wasn’t enough to keep them from succumbing to the Bulldogs 54-48. The total was set at 62.5 and went way OVER. As for the home spread at +2.5, bettors who picked Oklahoma found themselves with a losing bet.

The No. 9-ranked Washington Huskies (10-3) played the No. 6-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) in the 2018 Rose Bowl. Washington and Ohio State had their total set at 55.5 and UNDER bettors saw themselves with a winning bet when the combined score hit only 51 points. With a home spread of -5.5, the Huskies covered even though they lost outright.

The final was 28-23 with Buckeyes QB Dwayne Haskins recording three touchdowns and 251 yards. Even though Washington quarterback Jake Browning had more yards (313), it wasn’t enough to propel his team to a victory. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer had announced his retirement from college football the previous month, making this the final game of his career at that level.

Rose Bowl Bites

• O.J. Simpson was the 1968 Rose Bowl MVP and he has lived a quiet life ever since without controversy or criminal charges. NOT!

• USC has the most Rose Bowl appearances with 34, Michigan follows with 20, Stanford has 15, Ohio State and Washington each have 14, and UCLA has 12.

• Current NFLer Sam Darnold holds Rose Bowl records for touchdowns (5) and total offense (473 yards).

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Rose Bowl History and Historical Rose Bowl Lines
YearBowlAwayScoreHomeScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Rose BowlSouthern Cal41Northwestern32+3USCUSC
1996Rose BowlOhio State20Arizona State17+2OHIOSTOHIOST
1997Rose BowlWashington State16Michigan21-7WSHSTMICH
1998Rose BowlWisconsin38UCLA31-9WISCSNWISCSN
1999Rose BowlStanford9Wisconsin17+11WISCSNWISCSN
2000Rose BowlPurdue24Washington34+1WASHWASH
2001Rose BowlNebraska14Miami37-8.5MIAMIMIAMI
2002Rose BowlWashington State14Oklahoma34+5OKLAOKLA
2003Rose BowlMichigan14Southern Cal28-7USCUSC
2004Rose BowlMichigan37Texas38-7MICHTEXAS
2005Rose BowlTexas41Southern Cal38-7TEXASTEXAS
2006Rose BowlMichigan18Southern Cal32+2USCUSC
2007Rose BowlIllinois17Southern Cal49-13.5USCUSC
2008Rose BowlPenn State24Southern Cal38-10USCUSC
2009Rose BowlOhio State26Oregon17-4.5OHIOSTOHIOST
2010Rose BowlTCU21Wisconsin19+3WISCSNTCU
2011Rose BowlWisconsin38Oregon45-4.5OREGOREG
2012Rose BowlStanford20Wisconsin14+4STANSTAN
2013Rose BowlStanford20Michigan State24+6.5MSUMSU
2014Rose BowlFlorida State20Oregon59-8OregonOregon
2015Rose BowlIowa16Stanford45-6StanfordStanford
2016Rose BowlSouthern Cal52Penn State49+7.5Penn StateUSC
2017Rose BowlGeorgia54Oklahoma48+2.5GeorgiaGeorgia
2018Rose BowlWashington23Ohio State28-5.5WashingtonOhio State
2019Rose BowlOregon28Wisconsin27-3WisconsinOregon
2020Rose BowlAlabama31Notre Dame14-19.5Notre DameAlabama

How To Bet On The Rose Bowl Odds

Bowl betting requires some research, a basic understanding of how odds work and a trip to our NCAA football pages. These are the main types of bets you can make on the Rose Bowl:

• Simply pick a winner by placing a moneyline bet on the team you think is going to dominate

• A totals bet (also called OVER/UNDER) requires you to predict if the total combined score from both teams will be OVER or UNDER a certain number set by the online sportsbooks

• For a point spread wager you need to figure out if the favorite or the underdog is going to win or lose by a set number of points

Props are bets made on individual players (how many rushing yards will Player X have, how many sacks will Player Y have, etc.) and non-football related things like who will win the coin toss

Parlays let you bundle more than two bets on one ticket