Penn State vs. Washington

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Penn State linebacker Manny Bowen, who was suspended for the final three games of the regular season, has been dismissed from the team. A smart, accurate, veteran quarterback. For a time earlier this season, the first team All-Big Ten running back was the Heisman Trophy front-runner.

The Nittany Lions love their fans and their fans love them right back! Both defenses are of pretty similar caliber, but Penn State has the advantage in terms of offensive talent, so look for the Nittany Lions to pull away with a narrow victory, thanks to the dynamic duo of Barkley and McSorley. While their offense was pretty solid, averaging 36.9 points per game, defense is where the team truly excelled, as they held opponents to 14.5 points per game, good for 6th in the country. Bartlett has 43 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, and two interceptions on the season, so he will look to cause the Penn State offense some trouble in the Fiesta Bowl. I do think we're going to present some challenges for them.

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Both enter the game with 10-2 records. The Huskies finished the year with two close losses to Arizona State and Stanford. This Fiesta Bowl has all the makings of an all out slug-fest that any football fan can enjoy and may go down as one of the best bowl games this year. The Giants are in severe need of help in the backfield, and the Browns have two picks in the top-five, with Isaiah Crowell set to be a free agent, so there is a high likelihood he could end up with one of those teams.

If you want to watch the game and you don't have a cable subscription don't worry. There's no telling how many carries/touches Barkley will get in this game or if James Franklin will limit the workload to keep his star back healthy, but even if he does carry a lot, it's doubtful Barkley will run for 100 yards. The Trojans stormed the field after a walk-off 46-yard field goal nearly a year ago today, as the Nittany Lions were left to pick up the pieces.

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Washington State quarterback Luke Falk and Ohio State corner Denzel Ward both decided on game day to sit out their teams' respective bowl games, which led many to wonder if Barkley, who has said he plans to play all along despite the obvious injury risk with a NFL Draft decision looming, might follow suit. "So when you're playing a really good team and in a big game, it's going to come down to all those important phases". We weren't expecting to have bowl games for a long time. He said the best advice he received from former Penn State players who have gone on to National Football League careers is that at some point "you're going to want to come back to this moment". "We're going to have to change our mindset a little bit to have to grind out some tough running yardage".

I think you can make too much of bowl results. Barkley scheduled for a lighter role in the Fiesta Bowl.

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The victor today, obviously, will have done that.

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