After days of speculation, the Arkansas Football team has officially punched a ticket to their first bowl game in half-a-decade.
The Hogs had a great year in Head Coach Sam Pittman’s second season, finishing 8-4 during the regular season and ranked No. 21 in the College Football Playoff Rankings.
Arkansas, if it can win it’s bowl game, would finish this season with the most wins of any Razorback football team since 2011. That was Bobby Petrino’s final season (11-2) with the team before vacating the position of head coach.
The Arkansas Football team has accepted an invitation to compete in the Outback Bowl against Penn State
The Hogs are headed to a great bowl game in Tampa against the Penn State Nittany Lions from the Big Ten Conference, according to multiple reports. The Razorbacks will be facing the Nittany Lions for the first time in program history, according to Winsipedia.
The game will take place Jan. 1 at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
This will be the first time the Arkansas football team has had the opportunity to compete in a bowl game since the 2016 Belk Bowl.
Penn State has had a solid season, playing one of the toughest schedules in the country. They notably defeated SEC cohort Auburn early in the season at State College, 28-20. Penn State finished the season with a record of 7-5, earning wins over Auburn and Wisconsin. They nearly knocked off No. 2 ranked Michigan, losing by just four points late in the season.
The Hogs will have a tough time going against Penn State’s stellar defense, which is ranked seventh in the nation, allowing just 16.8 points per game.
One of the storylines to follow moving forward will be figuring out who exactly is going to be playing in this bowl game? Will some of the Hogs with serious NFL aspirations compete in the game or sit out?