Penn State, Washington to meet in Fiesta Bowl

06 December, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Ohio State was nosed out of the four-team playoff by Alabama because it lost two games, including a 55-24 clinker at Iowa that ultimately cost the Buckeyes.

Instead, Penn State and Washington will play in the Fiesta Bowl. The Buckeyes are also 11-2 on the year, and were able to put together wins in three of the four ranked games that they played throughout the season, including their conference championship win over Wisconsin.

In 2014, the first season of the four-team CFP, Ohio State made it to the national championship game and beat OR 42-20 at AT&T Stadium, the home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys that has hosted the Cotton Bowl since the 2009 season.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett threw two touchdown passes and two interceptions in the win against the Badgers.

Southern California is coming off a 31-28 win over Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night.

Like Ohio State, USC is moving on from the disappointment of being left out of the four-team playoff.

While Meyer knows USC coach Clay Helton "a little bit" and realizes that the Buckeyes and Trojans are both traditional programs, the Ohio State coach hasn't studied his Cotton Bowl opponent yet. However, they did not receive a boost over No. 7 Auburn, whose skid from the Top 4 after their SEC title game loss to Georgia stopped just ahead of USC.

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The Oklahoma-Georgia matchup marks the second time the Rose Bowl will host the Playoff Semifinal.

Notre Dame (9-3) ended up No. 14 in the CFP rankings and has a date with No. 17 LSU (9-3) at the Citrus Bowl on January 1 in Orlando, Fla.

The Nittany Lions and Huskies both finished 10-2 and will meet at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30.

The Trojans leaped over No. 9 Penn State, who was inactive during championship weekend, and No. 10 Miami, who lost to Clemson in the ACC title game.

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