Big plays and big problems buried the Illini in their first bowl game under Tim Beckman.
Illinois goes for a postseason win against Louisiana Tech in the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl on Dec. 26. Here's what you should be paying attention to when the Illini take the field.
The Big Ten matched a record by sending 10 teams to bowl games, which were all announced Sunday.
Here's the complete list of Big Ten teams making postseason appearances this winter.
There was a bit of nervousness over whether the bowl-eligible Illini would actually get to play in the postseason, but with a little bit of help from the College Football Playoff select