Penn State to Face No. 21 Arkansas in 2022 Outback Bowl

By Joel Neuschwander on December 5, 2021 at 4:33 pm
Jan 2, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; General view of the field prior to the game between the Mississippi Rebels and the Indiana Hoosiers during the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
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Penn State will open 2022 by taking on a first-time opponent. The 7-5 Nittany Lions are headed to the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida to face the 8-4 and 21st-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. The game will kick off at noon on New Year's Day on ESPN2.

The selection comes as a bit of a surprise, as Penn State leapfrogged a handful of Big Ten teams with 8-4 records, but the Nittany Lions will make their fifth appearance in the game and first since January 1st, 2011.

That contest ended in a 37-24 Florida victory in Urban Meyer's final game on the Gators' sideline. Penn State has a 3-1 record all-time in the Outback Bowl, with wins over Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.