Fiesta Bowl Washington vs Penn State: Preview and Prediction

This is the 2017 Fiest Bowl parade route in central Phoenix

This is the 2017 Fiest Bowl parade route in central Phoenix

Penn State who found itself ranked as high as #3 in the country this year had a disappointing finish including a blown lead to Ohio St and a freakish loss to Michigan St.

McSorley must have a big day through the air, and that could be tough because Washington only allows 185 yards passing per game. After the Nittany Lions were backed up deep in their own territory following a pooch punt by the Huskies, Barkley torched the vaunted Washington defense on this awesome 92-yard scoring run you see below.

Penn State destroyed Washington on third downs throughout the entire game.

Don't forget, also, that PSU special teams coordinator Charles Huff left to join Joe Moorhead's staff at Mississippi State, so that could lead to an issue here or there for the Lions. Both teams are coming off impressive seasons, both finishing with a 10-2 record. Both Huskies' scores came via a major Penn State mistake, as they scored first on a Browning one-yard touchdown run set up in part by a roughing the passer penalty earlier in the drive, and then later after McSorley's backward pass failed to reach Sanders, which led to a turnover and short field for head coach Chris Petersen's team.

Penn State could wonder what might have been in the CFP, but a Fiesta Bowl is a nice way to close out the season. The Nittany Lions can get away with that against a lot of Big Ten teams with weak passing games, but failing to get to the QB is what led to both losses this season (against Ohio State and Michigan State). Saquon Barkley is projected to be a star in the National Football League, and will likely be one of the first players to hear his name at the draft next year. Only Utah - who beat West Virginia - won a bowl game.

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In this matchup, the lights will be brightest in Penn State's backfield. Against Washington, Penn State's offense put together one last drive that bled the clock into the final minute.

Likewise, Petersen is reticent to bring up the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, when his Boise State team defeated Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime. We weren't expecting to have bowl games for a long time.

All four games feature marquee players.

Similarities tend only to go so far in college football, especially when teams from opposite ends of the country, who are members of fundamentally different conferences, who haven't played each other in 34 years, are being compared.

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