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Penn State Opens as Slight Favorite Over Arkansas 2021 College Football Outback Bowl

Larry Rupp
Penn State has opened as small favorites over Arkansas in the 2021 college football Outback Bowl.
Penn State has opened as small favorites over Arkansas in the 2021 college football Outback Bowl. / Nic Antaya/GettyImages

The NCAA College Football bowl season has finally arrived and it features a number of exciting matchups. The 2021 Outback Bowl is set to take place at 12 p.m. EST on New Year's Day between the Penn State Nittany Lions and No. 21 Arkansas Razorbacks.

According to FanDuel Sportsbook, Penn State is opening as a small favorite over Arkansas. As it stands, the Nittany Lions are 1.5-point favorites over the Razorbacks.

CFB Outback Bowl Odds

Penn State has odds set at -130 on the moneyline, while Arkansas' odds stand at +106 to pull off a win.

Arkansas finished the season at 8-4 and played in a tough SEC Western Division that included the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions ended the season with a 7-5 record.

It's interesting to see how this matchup will play out given these two storied programs have never met head-to-head before. Overall, the Razorbacks own an 0-4 record against Big Ten teams in bowl games. On the other hand, Penn State is 10-8 straight up in bowl games against an SEC opponent.

Arkansas' offense is highlighted by quarterback KJ Jefferson and his dual-threat abilities. The sophomore signal-caller has completed 66.9% of his pass attempts on the year for 2,578 yards and 21 touchdowns (along with 3 interceptions).

The Nittany Lions have one of the most dynamic wide receivers on their roster in Jahan Dotson. the elite speedster has hauled in 91 receptions and scored 12 touchdowns across 12 games played. Penn State's defense is also allowing just 16.7 points per game (No. 5 in college football).

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