It’s hard to believe that it’s been 9 years since I stood at my seat in the upper end zone, watching Jameis Winston complete what would become regarded as one of the most legendary touchdown passes in FSU history to a leaping Kelvin Benjamin. It was one of the greatest days of my life, as the Seminoles stormed back in the second half, defeating Auburn to win the program’s third national championship. Regardless of the outcome of the game, though (that’s easy to say when your team is victorious), it’s just a special feeling when you step foot inside the Rose Bowl, taking in the jaw-dropping scenery, knowing the history that’s taken place on that field. I’m envious of every fan that’s going to experience that today, and hopefully it’s a game for the ages!
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Utah Utes
I’ve been saying it all season, but for the most part it’s fallen on deaf ears – Cam Rising is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and is going to be a steal for whichever NFL team is smart enough to draft him. I think USC fans can agree, Rising is an incredible leader, who elevates the play of his teammates with his confidence. The problem for Utah today, though, is that I expect a very motivated Penn State squad, who will be looking to carry the momentum from today’s game into a 2023 season where they’ll have playoff aspirations. When offensive tackle Olu Fashanu announced he would be returning for 2023, despite being projected as a potential top 10 pick in April’s NFL draft, it signaled to me the belief the Nittany Lions have in that locker room that they’re on the verge of something special, and I expect them to play to that caliber in this one.
Freshman running back, Nick Singleton, is closing in on 1,000 yards rushing on the season, and I think we’ll see a big game from him today, as Penn State looks to establish the line of scrimmage against a Utes team that will be without its top pass rusher. Aside from cornerback Joey Porter Jr., Penn State hasn’t been hit by players opting-out, which isn’t the case for Utah, who will be without key contributors on both sides of the ball, none bigger than Rising’s favorite target in tight end Dalton Kincaid.
I’m anticipating an exciting game, with each team hitting their fair share of explosive plays, but the Nittany Lions prevail.
Penn State ML (-120) 1.5 units
Over 54 points (-110) 1 unit
Nick Singleton anytime touchdown scorer (-140) 1 unit
Cam Rising over 0.5 rushing touchdowns (+145) .5 units