Fulmer said the bowl site schedule would mirror that of a normal game week, with only a slight exception.
"We'll have one day extra so we will end up having two Tuesdays in the framework of our approach," he said. "We'll treat it with meeting times and practice times just like a game week. All this here in Knoxville has been a bonus."
That extra preparation will be necessary against what expects to be a fierce Penn State squad, one that finished 5-3 in the Big Ten Conference and fielded one of the nation's top defenses.
"I think they are outstanding," Fulmer said. "They are No. 5 in the country in scoring defense and that's not an accident; you don't do that by accident. They've only given up 26 points in the last four ballgames against good opponents. They're good, and their linebackers are as good as anybody we've played in the conference.
"It was great to have Bill Bates come by practice today," Fulmer said. "He's one of our heroes who played great here and played great in professional football. He brought his whole family by and spoke to the team about work ethic, character and what it takes to be a good player."
Tennessee's Outback Bowl practice schedule in Tampa begins Tuesday at the University of South Florida. The Vols will practice at 1:30 p.m. each of the first three days, at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 29 and at 10 a.m. on Dec. 30 before holding an afternoon walk-through on New Year's Eve.
Kickoff on Jan. 1 is 11 a.m. Eastern time.