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Ouback Bowl Has Been Renamed Tampa Bay Bowl

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 30, 2021.(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

Penn State’s 24-10 loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2022 Outback Bowl New Year’s Day will be the final one ever played.

On Friday, it was announced that the Outback Bowl will now be known as the Tampa Bay Bowl.

Outback Steakhouse has relinquished its naming rights three years after signing a six-year contract to host the New Year’s Day bowl game.

Outback has had the naming rights to the game since 1996 when they played at the old Tampa Stadium. 

The game has been played at Raymond James Stadium since 1996 and has always featured a matchup between a school from the Big Ten  against a school from SEC. The game was originally known as the Hall of Fame Bowl.

Penn State has competed in the Outback Bowl four times with a record of 2-2. In 1996 Penn State beat Auburn 43-14 in a game where it scored an Outback Bowl record 43 points which held up for 20 years.

In 2007, Penn State beat Tennessee 20-10 when Tony Davis recovered a fumble and returned it 88 yards in the fourth quarter to break a 10-10 tie.

In 2011, the Florida Gators beat the Nittany Lions 37-24 in Urban Meyer’s last game as the head coach at Florida before stepping away for health reasons. Most recently, Penn State lost to Arkansas.

It is expected the Big Ten and the SEC will maintain their conference tie-ins to the bowl game.

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