Penn State surprisingly received an invitation Sunday to play Washington in the Fiesta Bowl Dec. 30 in Glendale, Ariz.
The Huskies find themselves in a New Years Six Bowl one season after making the playoff as the four seed. The Nittany Lions went 7-2 in the Big Ten, while the Huskies went 7-2 in Pac-12 play.
At a glance Washington and Penn State share a common opponent in Rutgers.
In the final College Football Playoff rankings, the Nittany Lions finish 9th, with a 10-2 regular season record.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions were a College Football Playoff contender until losing to Ohio State and Michigan State in consecutive weeks midseason.
WHO: No. 9 Penn State (10-2) vs. They have one of the nation's very best defenses, checking in at No. 5 in yards allowed and No. 6 in points allowed, one spot ahead of Penn State.
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. In the College Football Playoff rankings released a little later, the Huskies earned a New Year's Six bowl matchup against No. 9 Penn State (10-2) in the Fiesta Bowl at 1 p.m. December 30 in Glendale, AZ.
The Nittany Lions most recently played in the game back in 1997, when Penn State beat Texas 38-15.
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