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No. 22 Arkansas, Penn State excited about Outback matchup

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Coaches James Franklin and Sam Pittman are concentrating on the players who actually will be on the field for Penn State and No. 22 Arkansas in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.

That’s no disrespect to the talented collection of players who opted to prepare for the NFL draft.

“What I would say is I’m focused on the guys that are in our locker room. That doesn’t mean that I’m not happy and excited and supportive of the guys that are not,” said Franklin, whose Nittany Lions (7-5) will be without five defensive starters and their biggest offensive playmaker on Saturday.

“At the end of the day, the reality is you got to find a way to get it done. As one door closes, another door opens. It’s an opportunity for . . .

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