Penn State vs Washington: Fiesta Bowl 2017 preview and prediction

Dec 30 2017 Glendale AZ USA Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley runs against the Washington Huskies during the first half in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sport

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Penn State's offensive players are all exhausted of being asked about Washington's defensive front, particularly PAC 12 Defensive Player of the Year Vita Vea.

Penn State looks to overcome Washington's defense in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl as Trace McSorley and the Nittany Lions travel to Arizona. This season he corralled 47 passes for 594 yards including three touchdowns. With the injury to cornerback Jordan Miller, the Huskies have looked to safeties Taylor Rapp and Ezekial Turner.

Furthermore, Rapp and Turner are listed at 6ft and 6ft 2in, respectively. If the junior scrambler can spread the ball around, and keep the secondary on their toes, the Nittany Lion offense should do enough to outscore the Huskies. Additionally, UW's defense will prove mighty against Penn State. A running back who can make explosive plays. The second team All-Pac-12 running back rushed for 1,282 yards (107 ypg) and a conference-tying 19 touchdowns on 208 carries this season. Cabinda will need to bring his leadership to a group that struggled toward the end of the season. The line declined down to 3 at Bovada, and 2.5 and 2 in favor of the Nittany Lions elsewhere.

The Penn State Nittany Lions had quite the season, finishing with a 10-2 record, which placed them at #9 in the rankings. However, Penn State has held opponents to 24 points or fewer in all but two of their games, so the defense will look to step up to the challenge in this high stakes contest.

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Saquon Barkley is widely considered to be the top running back in this year's draft, and some analysts even have him pegged as the draft's best overall player. The second-best defensive tackle in the nation, Vea, will be especially bothersome to Connor McGovern and Brandon Mahon. He has 25 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss on the season.

Washington will certainly rely on the run game, but they are certainly not one-dimensional. That's all in the past now, Penn State is led by Saquan Barkley, he is their heart beat, their explosiveness, their big threat.

The Fiesta Bowl will be aired on ESPN and can be streamed on the WatchESPN app. The senior led the Huskies this year with 62 receptions for 721 yards and seven touchdowns. If Grant Haley, Christian Campbell and Amani Oruwariye can shut down Pettis, there is a good chance for the Nittany Lions to come out of Arizona with a win.

The Nittany Lions had an extremely impressive start to their season, defeating their first seven opponents, including #19 MI. The Penn State punt team, highlighted by star punter Blake Gillikin, must suffocate Pettis early. Dante Pettis owns the NCAA record with nine career punt return touchdowns. I still don't care about UCF's impending Peach Bowl beatdown by Auburn (if the Tigers show up), but the Cotton Bowl (USC vs. Ohio State) and the Orange Bowl (Miami vs. Wisconsin) feature four teams that would have had a strong argument for inclusion in an eight-team playoff.

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