Nittany Lions Set To Face Washington In Fiesta Bowl

Chris Petersen and his Huskies will play Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl.  Drew Sellers Sportspress Northwest

Chris Petersen and his Huskies will play Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. Drew Sellers Sportspress Northwest

Just not in Arizona.

The No. 9 Nittany Lions and the No. 11 Huskies were selected today for their third all-time meeting and second in a bowl game.

At a glance Washington and Penn State share a common opponent in Rutgers.

The Lions are set to battle No. 11 Washington.

With a top-five total defense that doubles as the best scoring defense in the PAC-12, Washington packs a punch on that side of the ball, and so new PSU offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne will be put through a good early test.

Here are three things to know about the 2017 Huskies, coached by Chris Petersen.

Washington received a one-spot bump in the AP poll after Texas Christian, which had been No. 10, lost to Oklahoma 41-17 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday.

On offense, Washington boasts a trio of elite skill players in quarterback Jake Browning, running back Myles Gaskin and wideout Dante Pettis, who has more punt return touchdowns than anyone in the history of major college football.

Penn State's 1982 national title was also preceded by a 26-10 win over USC in the Fiesta Bowl to close out the 1981 season.

"We are looking forward to heading to Fiesta Bowl and we are very grateful to the Fiesta Bowl Committee for the opportunity", Penn State Head Coach James Franklin said. Its last appearance came on January 1, 1997, in a win over Texas.

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