Eleventh-ranked Washington and ninth-ranked Penn State and will meet in the 2017 Playstation Fiesta Bowl in a matchup of once, legitimate national championship hopefuls that both saw their title hopes go down the drain late in the season.
Washington Vs Penn State Fiesta Bowl Spread & ATS Pick
Washington Huskies (10-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)
When: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM ET
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium
NCAAF Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions -2
Why Bet On Washington To Win The Fiesta Bowl
Washington won two straight and four of its final five games and beat the hell out of Washington State 41-14 in its regular-season finale. The Huskies averaged a stellar 36.9 points per game this season (17th) while limiting the opposition to just 14.5 points per game defensively (6th). Quarterback Jake Browning completed a blistering 68.8 percent of his passes for 2,544 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions while running back Myles Gaskin rushed for a team-high 1,282 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Why Bet On Penn State To Win The Fiesta Bowl
Penn State won three straight to close out the regular season including their 66-3 blowout win over Maryland in their finale on Nov. 25. The Nittany Lions average 41.6 points per game while limiting the opposition to just 15.6 points per game defensively to finish an identical seventh in both categories. Quarterback Trace McSorley passed for 3,228 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions while superstar running back Saquon Barkley was a dual threat for Penn State this season by rushing for 1,134 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding 594 receiving yards and three touchdowns and adding in 426 return yards and two scores.
Washington Vs Penn State Fiesta Bowl ATS Pick
I really like both teams in this matchup and I think the outcome is looking more like a field goal finish than anything else. Having said that, I really like Penn State to get the narrow win and ATS cover because I believe Saquon Barkley will be the best player on the field in this contest.
Washington is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while Penn State has gone 16-4-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 9-2-2 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a winning record. I’m going with the Nittany Lions in a flat-out thriller that is worthy of a CFP semifinal showdown!