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Lions get Arkansas on New Year’s Day

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State football team returns to the Outback Bowl for the fourth time in its history, and the first time since 2010, when the Nittany Lions take on Southeast Conference foe Arkansas on New Year’s Day.

The game will kick off at noon on ESPN2. The Nittany Lions are 7-5 while the Razorbacks are 8-4.

The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

The Nittany Lions and Razorbacks were selected Sunday for their first meeting. The trip marks Penn State’s 51st all-time bowl appearance. Penn State is tied for fifth nationally with 30 bowl victories and No. 7 in bowl winning percentage with a 30-18-2 post-season record (62.0) among schools with at least 20 postseason appearances.

“We are excited for our upcoming trip to Tampa Bay and to have the opportunity to represent Penn State in the Outback Bowl,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said. “I am thrilled for our guys to have one more month together as a family to prepare for Arkansas. Tampa Bay is a great destination for our loyal fan base, and we know they will be there in full force to help send this special group of seniors off on a high note. Thank you to the Outback Bowl Committee for this opportunity.”

Penn State is making its fourth Outback Bowl appearance with the last coming in the 2010 season, a 37-24 loss to Florida.

Penn State also appeared in the Outback Bowl in 2006 (20-10 victory over Tennessee) and 1995 (43-14 win over Auburn).

This will be Penn State’s first meeting with the Razorbacks. The Nittany Lions are 24-23 all-time against current SEC schools, having played 11 of the 14 teams in the league. The most recent meeting with an SEC team was a home win over Auburn, 28-20, on Sept. 18 this season.

“I am immensely proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff for the hard work they have put into the preparations and execution of this season,” Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour said. “This bowl is a great opportunity for our football family to be together one final time, while also representing our great University on a national stage.”

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