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

31 December, 2017, 03:06 | Author: Greg Wolfe
  • Saquon Barkley

Both suffered crushing, close losses down the stretch in which they had commanding leads; Penn State to Ohio State, and Washington to Stanford.

The Fiesta Bowl means something special for Penn State football: a second straight New Year's Six bowl game and a chance at back-to-back 11-win seasons. Browning on the other hand is no slouch, passing for 2,544 yards, 18 touchdowns, five interceptions.

"I think every team that makes some of these bigger bowl games that aren't in the playoffs wish they were in the playoff", Washington quarterback Jake Browning said.

After it kicked off, Trace McSorley probably said something like 'LOL, not so fast.' The Nittany Lions converted 13 of 17 third-down attempts, and McSorley completed all 12 of his passes in those situations. Tyler Davis and the PSU unit have had all kinds of problems this season, and he's just 9-of-16, while Washington's Tristan Vizcaino has been only slightly better at 12-of-19. Both teams are coming off impressive seasons, both finishing with a 10-2 record.

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Penn State will also be monitoring its offensive line, which struggled during the regular season before finding its rhythm down the stretch.

Likewise, Petersen is reticent to bring up the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, when his Boise State team defeated Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime.

"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. He doesn't expect that to be the case Saturday even though both teams were undefeated at midseason and considered College Football Playoff contenders. Penn State was 7-4-1 against the spread this year, and failed to cover in three of their final four games.


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