While a majority of the anticipation for college football bowl season surrounds the New Year’s Six bowl games, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30 brings us an intriguing matchup between two of the top programs in the country when the No. 11 Washington Huskies and No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions square off.
All of the information you need to tune in can be seen below:
Date: Saturday, Dec. 30
Start Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: Stream 1
Betting Odds: Penn State -2 | O/U: 55
Ticket Info: Buy Tickets Here
Let’s learn a little bit more about the teams ahead of the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
No. 11 Washington Huskies
The Washington Huskies finished the season with a 10-2 record, but failed to reach the Pac-12 Championship which effectively endedtheir hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff. It was a late-season loss to Stanford, which went on to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference championship, is what ultimately did the program in.
Despite the disappointing end to their 2017 campaign, Washington draws a quality bowl game and opponent.
The Huskies will look to rely on their stout defense and the impressive rushing attack led by running back Myles Gaskin, who recorded 1,282 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year.
No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions
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For the second season in a row, the Penn State Nittany Lions finished their season falling just short of the College Football Playoff. However, this year, they have no one to blame but themselves.
The Nittany Lions dropped back-to-back games to the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans which brought an end to their national title hopes.
In order to end the year on a high note, Penn State will once again be looking for big performances from star quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Saquon Barkley. McSorley finished the year throwing for 3,228 yards and 26 touchdowns, while Barkley added 1,134 yards and 16 score on the ground.
Penn State is a well-rounded team that also brings an impressive defense to Glendale, so it’s no surprise they are the favorites heading into Saturday’s game.