Penn State, Washington to meet in Fiesta Bowl

Penn State, Washington to meet in Fiesta Bowl

Penn State, Washington to meet in Fiesta Bowl

They'll look for win No. 7 when they take on the No. 11 Washington Huskies in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30 at 2 p.m.

Most expected the Lions and Huskies would play in the Cotton Bowl.

No. 9 Penn State will face No. 12 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.

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At a glance Washington and Penn State share a common opponent in Rutgers. They have one of the nation's very best defenses, checking in at No. 5 in yards allowed and No. 6 in points allowed, one spot ahead of Penn State. Their last meeting was in the 1983 Aloha Bowl in Hawaii, where Penn State won 13-10. The Nittany Lions most recently played in the game back in 1997, when Penn State beat Texas 38-15.

Washington also came in at No. 12 in the final regular-season coaches poll, in which USC is No. 7, Stanford No. 16 and Washington State No. 21.

Penn State gutted it out down the stretch and fended off an Iowa rally for a 77-73 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in its 2017-18 Big Ten season opener. The Nittany Lions lost to USC, 52-49, in the Rose Bowl after last season.

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