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. 

Ohio State vs Utah — Rose Bowl Betting Odds
Team Moneyline Spread
Ohio State -170 -4.0
Utah +145 +4.0

  • Best Spread
    -105
    -105
    UTAH+4
    -4.5OSU
  • Best Moneyline
    +162
    -175
    UTAH
    OSU
  • Best Total
    -110
    -110
    Over64.5
    64.5Under
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
Year Bowl Away Score Home Score Spread ATS Winner SU Winner
1995 Rose Bowl Southern Cal 41 Northwestern 32 +3 USC USC
1996 Rose Bowl Ohio State 20 Arizona State 17 +2 OHIOST OHIOST
1997 Rose Bowl Washington State 16 Michigan 21 -7 WSHST MICH
1998 Rose Bowl Wisconsin 38 UCLA 31 -9 WISCSN WISCSN
1999 Rose Bowl Stanford 9 Wisconsin 17 +11 WISCSN WISCSN
2000 Rose Bowl Purdue 24 Washington 34 +1 WASH WASH
2001 Rose Bowl Nebraska 14 Miami 37 -8.5 MIAMI MIAMI
2002 Rose Bowl Washington State 14 Oklahoma 34 +5 OKLA OKLA
2003 Rose Bowl Michigan 14 Southern Cal 28 -7 USC USC
2004 Rose Bowl Michigan 37 Texas 38 -7 MICH TEXAS
2005 Rose Bowl Texas 41 Southern Cal 38 -7 TEXAS TEXAS
2006 Rose Bowl Michigan 18 Southern Cal 32 +2 USC USC
2007 Rose Bowl Illinois 17 Southern Cal 49 -13.5 USC USC
2008 Rose Bowl Penn State 24 Southern Cal 38 -10 USC USC
2009 Rose Bowl Ohio State 26 Oregon 17 -4.5 OHIOST OHIOST
2010 Rose Bowl TCU 21 Wisconsin 19 +3 WISCSN TCU
2011 Rose Bowl Wisconsin 38 Oregon 45 -4.5 OREG OREG
2012 Rose Bowl Stanford 20 Wisconsin 14 +4 STAN STAN
2013 Rose Bowl Stanford 20 Michigan State 24 +6.5 MSU MSU
2014 Rose Bowl Florida State 20 Oregon 59 -8 Oregon Oregon
2015 Rose Bowl Iowa 16 Stanford 45 -6 Stanford Stanford
2016 Rose Bowl Southern Cal 52 Penn State 49 +7.5 Penn State USC
2017 Rose Bowl Georgia 54 Oklahoma 48 +2.5 Georgia Georgia
2018 Rose Bowl Washington 23 Ohio State 28 -5.5 Washington Ohio State
2019 Rose Bowl Oregon 28 Wisconsin 27 -3 Wisconsin Oregon
2020 Rose Bowl Alabama 31 Notre Dame 14 -19.5 Notre Dame Alabama

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

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Rose Bowl Odds FAQ

Can I bet on the Rose Bowl?

Yes, you can bet on the Rose Bowl at the best College Football betting sites. When wagering on this college football bowl game in Pasadena, California, there will be Rose Bowl odds for straight up bets (moneyline), totals (OVER/UNDER wagers), point spreads, prop bets, and parlays.

When is the Rose Bowl?

The 2021 Rose Bowl between the Utah Utes and Ohio State Buckeyes at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena is scheduled for kickoff on Friday, January 1 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN. The college football bowl game is played on New Year’s Day every year, unless January 1 lands on a Sunday – then it’s played on January 2.

Who won the 2020 Rose Bowl?

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the then-No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 2020 Rose Bowl. Alabama won the game 31-14 on the way to its national championship and undefeated season. Crimson Tide QB Mac Jones threw for four touchdowns in the 2020 Rose Bowl win.