Penn State to play Washington in the Fiesta Bowl

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The Penn State Nittany Lions finished the 2017 regular season with a record of 10-2, which earned them the #9 spot in the final College Football Playoff rankings. Penn State opened as a three-point favorite.

However, the matchup with Washington projects to be an interesting one.

After upsetting the No. 4 team in the country in the University of MI on November 19, Lehigh aimed at taking down another top Big Ten opponent at home, but this time, the Mountain Hawks were up against the two-time defending national champions. Once a top contender for the Heisman Trophy, Barkley rushed for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry this season.

Penn State to play Washington in the Fiesta Bowl
Penn State to play Washington in the Fiesta Bowl

Washington is also very stout on the defensive side of the ball, only giving up an average of 14.6 points per game to opponents, which is 6th best in the country. I'm also excited that our Penn State community will get to gather in Phoenix for the first time in more than 20 years to again celebrate the Penn State family! Photo by: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports.

This time around, neither team was in the mix for a Playoff spot, as both the Lions and Huskies enter the postseason at 10-2, having missed out on their respective conference championship games. If McSorley can control the game with both his arm and legs, as he has done all year, Penn State has a good chance of emerging victorious. It will be the Nittany Lions' 7th appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, but it's the first since they beat Texas 20 years ago.

And with just nine seconds to go Carr stood at the line with his team ahead by two, and drained two free throws to put the Hawkeyes away, turning that streak of 12 straight losses to the start of what Penn State will hope becomes a winning streak.

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