Washington vs. Penn State - Fiesta Bowl - 12/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Huskies (10-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)
College Football: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 4:00 pm (University of Phoenix Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -1.5 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds
Out at University of Phoenix Stadium on Saturday, the Washington Huskies and the Penn State Nittany Lions will be meeting up in college football action from the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.
The Huskies come into this one at 10-2 on the season. After starting out 6-0 then losing to Arizona State on October 14, Washington has won four of their last five games, beating UCLA, Oregon, Utah and Washington State in that time.
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Jake Browning leads the Washington passing attack on 2544 yards, 18 TDs and five picks, while Myles Gaskin in the top rusher on 1282 yards and 19 touchdowns. Dante Pettis is the lead Huskies receiver with 721 yards and seven scores from 62 catches.
Over on the Penn State side, they’re sitting at 10-2 as well. The Nittany Lions rolled out with a 7-0 record to begin the year but then lost two to Ohio State and Michigan State. Those would be the only blemishes for Penn State, as they closed out with three straight wins.
Trace McSorley is the top passer for Penn State this year on 3228 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight picks, and Saquon Barkley has been solid with 1134 yards, 16 TDs and 199 carries. The Nittany Lions’ top receiver this season is DaeSean Hamilton with 747 yards and seven scores.
The Huskies are 6-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in December. Washington is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win and 1-4 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions are 11-2-1 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win and 9-2-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Penn State is also 16-4-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight-up win.
Washington has looked pretty strong overall this year, especially on defense, as they haven’t allowed more than 30 points all year (and that was once against Utah in a 33-30 win). As for Penn State, they’ve scored a whopping 122 points over their last two games. This should be a fun matchup, but all things considered I like Penn State to get it here.