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Texas Bowl grade: A

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We'll go with an A for the Illini's rout of Baylor at the Texas Bowl. Give us your grade here.

Live from Reliant Stadium

Final: Illinois 38, Baylor 14

Ron Zook has his first bowl win. And his second winning season at Illinois. Winning a bowl game for the first time since 1999, the Illini blasted Baylor 38-14 at Reliant Stadium.

Media predictions from the Texas Bowl

We asked media types who cover the Illini for their Texas Bowl forecast:

Klee's Big Ten power rankings

This is not a prediction of where teams will finish. But as the Big Ten continues its first week of conference games, basketball writer Paul Klee offered his power rankings based on what he watched in the nonconference:

HQ prediction: Illini 51-50

Overall

After losing by two, two and four points late in the season, the Illini get a close one to fall their way. Like Fresno State, Baylor will take an early lead before Illinois storms back. Look for a two-point conversion pass from Scheelhaase to Evan Wilson for the game-winner in a 51-50 game.

Illinois-Baylor: What to watch for

Beat writer Bob Asmussen's five storylines for the Texas Bowl

How's Baylor feeling: 'Elation'

Two minutes with Waco Tribune-Herald reporter John Werner

For Illini, more than a big trophy is at stake

Beat Baylor today at Reliant Stadium and the positives for Illinois are tangible. And endless.

"It's huge for our psyche," Vic Koenning said.

Sweet 16

Wednesday's Texas Bowl will be Illinois' 16th postseason appearance. Our look back at the previous 15, courtesy Fred Kroner: