Fiesta Bowl Washington vs Penn State: Preview and Prediction

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He said the best advice he received from former Penn State players who have gone on to National Football League careers is that at some point "you're going to want to come back to this moment".

The Nittany Lions will probably lose Barkley, but Miles Sanders can fill the void and Penn State is stocked at wide receiver. The senior led the Huskies this year with 62 receptions for 721 yards and seven touchdowns.

With the advent of the four-team College Football Playoff, the rest of the bowl games have lost significance to anyone outside the participating programs or their fan bases.

Browning broke the school record for passing touchdowns earlier this season (77 and counting), completing 233 of 369 passes for 2,955 yards, 18 TDs and just five interceptions, but it was nothing like the previous year when he threw for 3,430 yards, 43 TDs and nine interceptions.

BARKLEY'S BOUNCE: Penn State's Barkley was one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy before a couple of so-so games knocked him out of the conversation.

The Pac-12 appears to be awful. Vita Vea a monster defensive tackle, and one of the reasons the Huskies enter the Fiesta Bowl with the best run defense in the nation. This season he corralled 47 passes for 594 yards including three touchdowns. "So I think that's where the recent success that we've been having is really putting Penn State back on the minds of football fans across the country and recruits across the country".

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Washington will face Penn State in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. If they can control Barkley in the return game and Pettis can break some big returns the Huskies might just have a shot. The Huskies fell to Alabama in the playoff, and Penn State fell to USC in a wild Rose Bowl. The first game of the day is the TaxSlayer Bowl, which has Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Both teams had 10-win regular seasons, but neither was impressive when it came to Vegas.

Petersen said he spent several years after the Fiesta Bowl acting "like it didn't happen" when asked about the game. But kicking to Pettis is a danger I can't imagine Penn State would want to risk.

"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.

The teams traded punt on their next possessions, but an advantage in the field position battle gave Iowa State the ball at the Memphis 45 with 11:05 to play in the game.

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