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Penn State-Washington The Most Watched Non-Playoff Fiesta Bowl In CFP History

Penn State’s thrilling 35-28 victory over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl was the most watched non-playoff game of the New Year’s Six era, which began in 2014, drawing more than 10 million viewers.

In fact, 10,167,000 people tuned in to watch the Nittany Lions take on the Huskies in Glendale, Ariz., up 37% from the 2014 Fiesta Bowl between UCF and Baylor. More people watched Saturday’s game than last year’s Fiesta Bowl between Ohio State and Notre Dame (9.7 million).

Only four other non-CFP bowls garnered more viewers than this Fiesta Bowl. The 2017 Rose Bowl between Penn State and USC is No. 1 on this list, totaling more than 15 million viewers throughout the United States.

The large audience is not only a sign of college football’s growth throughout the past few years, but also of the Nittany Lions’ growth. James Franklin has turned Penn State’s football program around since his arrival in Happy Valley, securing back to back 11-win seasons for the first time since 2008-09.

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In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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