By Harry Allison
Here’s everything you need to know about No. 11 Penn State’s Saturday match-up against No. 9 Washington in the Fiesta Bowl:
4 p.m. ET on ESPN at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
Penn State lost two games by a combined four points and was probably one second-half collapse away from playing for a Big Ten championship and a potential spot in the CFP. Washington, a CFP participant last season, lost two games by a total of 14 points.
Penn State tailback Saquon Barkley was named Big Ten MVP for the second straight season after leading the league in all-purpose yards (179.5 yards per game) and finishing fourth in rushing (1,134 yards).
The Huskies have never beaten Penn State. They lost to the Nittany Lions 13-10 in the 1983 Aloha Bowl and 21-7 during the 1921 regular season.
The Nittany Lions have dropped their last two bowl games and four of the last five. They’ve never lost three straight postseason games and won each of their previous six appearances in the Fiesta Bowl.
Prediction: Penn State 27, Washington 24