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Penn State Football Calls For Outback Bowl White Out

You already know the drill, folks.

Penn State football is asking fans to suit up in white if they’re heading down to Tampa to see the Nittany Lions face No. 21 Arkansas in the upcoming Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Wearing white on the road is certainly nothing new for Penn State and its fans. However, the Outback Bowl’s dress code is certainly another consideration to keep in mind if you and your pals are trekking to Raymond James Stadium and the surrounding area. Although Franklin didn’t call for a White Out at the 2017 Fiesta Bowl, he did ask fans to paint Pasadena white for the previous Rose Bowl.

Down in Tampa, preparations are already underway for Penn State’s showdown against the Razorbacks. The Nittany Lions flew down to Florida on Christmas Day and have already started practicing nearly a week before kickoff.

Penn State is expected to be without a handful of starters, including linebackers Ellis Brooks and Brandon Smith, who both opted out of the Outback Bowl and declared for the 2022 NFL Draft. Starting safety Jaquan Brisker did the same earlier on Monday. Star receiver Jahan Dotson also opted out and declared for the 2022 NFL Draft on Monday.

Some players made formal announcements to say they’re staying in Happy Valley for at least another season. Captain Jonathan Sutherland said he’ll pursue a sixth season next fall, while defensive backs Joey Porter Jr. and Ji’Ayir Brown will stay put, too.

Penn State (7-5) will face No. 21 Arkansas (8-4) at noon on Saturday, January 1, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The matchup will mark Penn State’s first contest against the Razorbacks and the Nittany Lions’ seventh game against a ranked opponent this season.

Dating back to 1996, Penn State has logged four Outback Bowl appearances and emerged with three wins. The Nittany Lions topped No. 16 Auburn 43-16 in 1996, beat Kentucky 26-14 in 1999, defeated No. 17 Tennessee 20-10 in 2007, and fell to Florida 37-24 in 2011.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt proudly served as Onward State’s managing editor for two years until graduating from Penn State in May 2022. Now, he’s off in the real world doing real things. Send him an email ([email protected]) or follow him on Twitter (@mattdisanto_) to stay in touch.

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