Gameday Coverage: Penn State vs. No. 21 Arkansas In Outback Bowl

Welcome to Tampa.

Penn State football (7-5, 4-5 Big Ten) is set to take on SEC foe Arkansas (8-4, 4-4 SEC) in the 2022 Outback Bowl. Despite a disappointing fall from an impressive 5-0 start, the Nittany Lions could still end the season on a high note by dispatching their second SEC opponent of the season.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the New Year’s Day matchup.


Saturday’s showdown will kick off at noon and be broadcast on ESPN 2. Dave Flemming and Rod Gilmore will be on the play-by-play call while Stormy Buonantony will assist with sideline reporting.


Penn State Sports Network — Steve Jones, Jack Ham, and Brian Tripp
Local: 99.5 & 103.7 FM/1450 AM, Sirius/XM/Internet: 83/372/962


Sorry to those still in Pennsylvania, but it’ll be just about perfect at Raymond James Stadium. Temperatures will be in the high 70s and low 80s throughout the game, but wind gusts will hit as high as 22 mph near kickoff, according to Accuweather. Expect 67% humidity.

Last Meeting

Hey, this is the first meeting between these two programs! Both teams have a chance to take a 1-0 series lead.


Since Penn State typically only reports season-ending injuries, we only know that defensive linemen Adisa Isaac, Hakeem Beamon, and PJ Mustipher will miss Saturday’s matchup. It appears offensive lineman Rasheed Walker will miss the game as well and be replaced by Olu Fashanu.

Opt-outs will play a huge role in this game as well. Both teams will be without their best wide receiver and Penn State is missing five of its defensive starters.

Betting Lines

Arkansas is a 2.5-point favorite over Penn State, according to Oddsshark. The over/under is set at 48.5 points and the Nittany Lions are 7-5 against the spread this season.

Media Coverage

Onward State will have you covered throughout today’s game. You can find big plays, photos, analysis, and more on our main @OnwardState Twitter account and Facebook page, and we’ll also provide play-by-play commentary from @OnwardStSports.

Football writers Gabe Angieri (@gabeangieri), Ryan Parsons (@rjparsons9), and Will Pegler (@gritdude) will have you covered from the press box in Tampa.

Photographers Sam Brungo (@samuelbrungo) and Michael Tauriello (@mtauriello_) will provide visual updates from the field as well.

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Ryan Parsons

Ryan is a redshirt senior majoring in business and journalism from "Philadelphia" and mostly writes about football nowadays. You can follow him on Twitter @rjparsons9 or say hi via email at [email protected].

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