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Fiesta Bowl preview: Washington vs. Penn State

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 12 Washington Huskies and No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions faces each other in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The game will kick off at 4 pm on ESPN from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Both teams have identical 10-2 records.

Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley rushes against the Maryland Terrapins (Getty Images)

Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley rushes against the Maryland Terrapins (Getty Images)

According to Consensus Analysis, the Nittany Lions have a 72% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives Penn State a 71% chance to win this game.

This is the third all-time meeting between these two teams. This is the first meeting since the 1983 season.

In the Aloha Bowl on December 26th, 1983, the Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 13-10. They are 2-0 against Washington in these games, as they also won 21-7 on December 3rd, 1921.

Penn State is 28-16-2 in Bowl games all-time. They are 14-6-1 all-time in Major Bowl games, including the Rose Bowl Game, the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl and the Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Nittany Lions have lost their last two Bowl games, both under head coach James Franklin. Penn State has never lost three straight Bowl games in school history.

Penn State also has never lost in the Fiesta Bowl, as they are 6-0 all-time. Their last win came 20-years ago, as they defeated the Texas Longhorns, 38-15, on January 1st, 1997.

Washington is 18-17-1 in Bowl games all-time. The Huskies lost their last game, 24-7, to the Alabama Crimson Tide on December 31st, 2016 in the Peach Bowl in the College Football Playoff Semifinal.

Washington is 1-2 under head coach Chris Peterson in Bowl games. They have not won a Bowl game since defeating the Southern Miss. Golden Eagles, 44-31, in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on December 26th, 2015.

This is the Huskies first-ever appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. While they have never appeared in this major bowl game, they have 14 appearances in the Rose Bowl Game, one appearance in the Orange Bowl and another appearance in the Bowl Championship Series.

Washington has won their last two regular-season games, as they defeated the Utah Utes and the Washington State Cougars. They have lost a regular-season game since losing to the Stanford Cardinal, 30-22, on November 10th, 2017.

Penn State has won their last three regular-season games, as they defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Maryland Terrapins. They have not lost a game since losing 27-24 to the Michigan State Spartans on November 4th, 2017.

Washington is averaging 36.9 points per game. Penn State is averaging 41.6 points per game.

Huskies quarterback Jake Browning has gone 212 of 308 for 2,544 passing yards. He has 18 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Myles Gaskin leads the running backs with 208 carries for 1,282 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. Dante Pettis leads the receivers with 62 receptions for 721 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

Trace McSorley has gone 252 of 386 for 3,228 passing yards. He also has 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Saquon Barkley leads the running backs with 199 carries for 1,134 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. DaeSean Hamilton leads the receivers with 48 receptions for 747 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.


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