Turns out, Arkansas won the last ever Outback Bowl

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The Outback Bowl’s 26 years have come to an end.

Arkansas beat Penn State on January 1 in the game’s final playing with that moniker. Announced Thursday, the bowl game will now be called the ReliaQuest Bowl. During the intervening months, the bowl was called the Tampa Bay Bowl.

The Razorbacks’ 24-10 win over Penn State capped the most successful season of Arkansas football since 2011. The Hogs finished the year 9-4 and are likely to ranked inside the preseason Top 25 heading into the 2022 season.

Arkansas coach Sam Pittman called it as massive a win as he could remember as a Razorback. Last year was his second season as head coach, though he spent time on Bret Bielema’s staff in the mid 2010s, as well.

“Some people may think it’s the Outback Bowl, it’s not the national championship,” Pittman said at the time. “To me it’s as big as you can get to our players.”

Kickoff for next season’s ReliaQuest Bowl is January 2, 2023.