Penn State returns to Fiesta Bowl to play Washington

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The Nittany Lions went 7-2 in the Big Ten, while the Huskies went 7-2 in Pac-12 play. Both teams finished the regular season with a 10-2 record.

No. 11 Washington, tied for second in the Pac-12 North, is also 10-2, with losses to unranked Arizona State, 13-7, and No. 13 Stanford, 30-22. They earned the final New Years Six bowl bid by virtue of finishing No. 11 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Ohio State and USC have both played in the Cotton Bowl only once before, both when the game was played in historic Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

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Washington was No. 5 in the AP poll when it surprisingly lost 13-7 to Arizona State on October 14. They also met in 1921 in Seattle, where Penn State won 21-7.USC and Ohio State, who many expected to play in the Fiesta Bowl, are headed to the December 29 Cotton Bowl.

For the first time since 1997, Penn State will play in the Fiesta Bowl.

It will be Washington's first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, but coach Chris Peterson led Boise State to an upset victory against Oklahoma after the 2006 season.

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