PSU to play Washington in Fiesta Bowl

Penn State will play Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. in Glendale, Ariz., the College Football Playoff committee announced Sunday afternoon.

It will be PSU’s first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl since 1997, when it defeated Texas, 38-15.

The Nittany Lions had been widely expected to play in the Cotton Bowl, but Ohio State has played in the last two Fiesta Bowls, so the committee apparently wanted to switch things up and not send the Buckeyes back there once again.

Ohio State had hoped to get into the four-team College Football Playoff as the Big Ten champ, but Alabama received the No. 4 spot instead.

Penn State finished the regular season 10-2, while Washington is 10-2 out of the Pac-12. The Huskies’ losses came against Arizona State (13-7) and Stanford (30-22).

Washington, which played in the College Football Playoff last year, are coached by Chris Petersen, who came to prominence at Boise State before moving on to Washington in 2014. The Huskies are led by quarterback Jake Browning and a strong defense.

Check tomorrow’s Mirror for more information.