The Washington Huskies and Washington State Cougars may have missed out on the four-team College Football Playoff, but they will each be involved in bowl games with storied histories this month.
Washington, which finished the regular season at 10-2 overall and ranked 11th in the CFP standings, will meet ninth-ranked Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
It will be UW’s first trip to the Fiesta Bowl, which is one of the more marquee games of bowl season having featured matchups between two teams ranked in the top four on eight occasions since starting in 1971.
— Fiesta Bowl (@Fiesta_Bowl) December 3, 2017
Washington State, which sits at 9-3 and 18th in the CFP rankings, will take on 16th-ranked Michigan State in the 40th annual Holiday Bowl at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28 from SDCCU Stadium in San Diego.
This will be WSU’s fourth trip to Holiday Bowl and second in a row; the Cougs lost 17-12 to Minnesota last year.
— SDCCU Holiday Bowl (@HolidayBowlGame) December 3, 2017
WSU had an outside chance at sneaking into the CFP semifinals entering the Apple Cup, but the Cougars’ 41-14 loss to the Huskies kept them from clinching the Pac-12 North title and playing in the Pac-12 championship game, which would have given them a golden opportunity to bolster their case to vie for the national title.