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Huskies coach Chris Petersen’s reputation for trick plays, born from his days at Boise State and especially the unforgettable 2007 Fiesta Bowl. Specials teams are “always of paramount importance,” Petersen said. “It’s every bit as important as offense or defense. It’s important every day to us.” Pettis is a senior with an NCAA-record nine career punt-return touchdowns (four in 2017) to go with his 15 receiving TDs this season. He averages a nation-leading 20.4 yards per punt and was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player in major college football.
The Rose Bowl is hosting one of the national semi-finals contests, but had it not, the match-up of Penn State versus Washington would have made a compelling choice under the annual Big Ten / Pac-12 system. Both teams have a great deal of respect for one another. Also, each team is a near mirror-image in terms of offensive skill players and shut-down defense. The Playstation Fiesta Bowl has all the making of another classic bowl game!
The running back duo is terrific with Penn State’s Saquon Barkley capable of a highlight any time he touches the ball, if his offensive line gives him room to work. Barkley is going up against a stingy Washington defense so there may not be much room to work for much of the night. This is expected to be the final game of Barkley’s career before heading off to the NFL, where he is likely to be a top 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The stats may not tell the full story of just how dangerous Barkley can be, but he can be a factor running the ball, catching the ball, and returning kicks.