The college football wagering total for the 2017 Fiesta Bowl between the Huskies and the Nittany Lions is one of the highest of the playoffs, at 55 points. Both schools have top 20 offenses, averaging more than 36 points per game and posting a combined 9-2 over/under record since week 8 of competition. On the other hand, the two programs are in the top 10 in the nation in points allowed. The Huskies will be popping their Fiesta Bowl Cherry, while the Lions are Fiesta veterans, having attended on six prior occasions. The last was in 1996.
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The 2017 Fiesta Bowl
- Date: Saturday, 30th December
- Time: 4:05 PM
- Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Online sportsbook odds for fans gambling on college football:
Washington U +2 (-110) 55 (-110) +110
Penn State -2 (-110) 55 (-110) -130
Washington is 4-0 SU in the last four games against Big Ten schools
Former U-Dub offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith took a job as head coach at Oregon State. Washington hired Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks coach Bush Hamdan as their new OC, but he won’t take over his new role until the NFL season is over. One is left to assume, then, that Matt Lubick will be calling plays in the Fiesta Bowl. Or they could just allow Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin and Dante Pettis to run wild. Browning needs no intro, but Gaskin has rushed for 1,282 yards and a career-best 19 scores this season. Including 656 yards and 11 TDs in the last five games. Meanwhile, Pettis is the nation’s top punt returner and U-Dub’s leading receiver. He seemingly injured his leg in the Apple Cup, though, and his status is questionable.
The Huskies have won their last four games against Big Ten teams. Additionally, Washington is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games playing a team with a winning record and 1-4 against the college football wagering spread in their last five non-conference games.
Penn State is 16-4-1 ATS in the last 21 games
Not unlike Jonathan Smith, erstwhile PSU OC Joe Moorhead left the offensive he revolutionized to become Mississippi State’s new head coach. The Lions promoted quarterbacks and tight ends coach/passing game coordinator to replace Moorhead. “Ricky is one of the rising stars in college football,” head coach James Franklin said. “He is extremely sharp, driven and has a great rapport with our players. He has been very involved in our offensive scheme the last two years, which is why I anticipate our offense will continue to thrive under Ricky.” It certainly has thrived with running back Saquon Barkley (seven yards per touch on offense, 12.6 yards per catch) and QB Trace McSorley (seven TDs and no picks in the last three games). By the way, Barkley will make his NFL draft decision “definitely after the [2017 Fiesta] bowl game.”
Penn State is 16-4-2 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 9-2-2 against the college football wagering spread in their last 13 games playing a team with a winning record.