Penn State vs. Washington: Spread, Total & Prediction for Fiesta Bowl

Posted December 31, 2017

He connected with DaeSean Hamilton on a 48-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive, and set up scoring runs of 2 yards by Barkley and 1 yard by Miles Sanders.

Washington does not have a weak passing game.

Washington's No. 1 run defense probably isn't going to let Barkley run wild.

Penn State's defense, for a time, was one of the nation's best. Middle linebacker Jason Cabinda led Penn State with 84 tackles, while the secondary was paced by senior Marcus Allen. Vea was also the first Husky to earn Pac-12 Player of the Year on defense since 1996. The redshirt junior finishes the year with 3,570 passing yards and a 28/10 TD/INT ratio across 13 games played.

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Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Saquon Barkley ran for two more scores and No. 9 Penn State outlasted No. 12 Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. Big Ten teams (Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State) went 4-0 over Pac-12 teams (Arizona, Washington State, USC and Washington).

In this matchup, the lights will be brightest in Penn State's backfield. The Nittany Lions seem to have made the desert their home-away-from-home.

Washington had the nation's top run defense during the regular season, allowing 92 yards per game, but Barkley matched that on one run in the second quarter.

This is another outstanding bowl match-up between two explosive teams that should come down to the wire.

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"We want to win a big-time bowl game and take the next step as a program". But, as Coach Petersen was quick to point out during his Fiesta Bowl media availability when asked if he told his Washington players about his Fiesta Bowl success as the coach of Boise State: "They don't care about that". The game is commemorated across Penn State's football offices, though Franklin said that memorabilia won't motivate the Lions this week. He doesn't expect that to be the case Saturday even though both teams were undefeated at midseason and considered College Football Playoff contenders.

"Talking about the Fiesta Bowl from back then, it doesn't have a whole lot of value for what we're trying to do today", Franklin said.

Petersen said he spent several years after the Fiesta Bowl acting "like it didn't happen" when asked about the game. Penn State star running back Saquon Barkley will play in this game after some speculation he may not because of his leaving for the National Football League draft.

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