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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.
We asked media types who cover the Illini for their Texas Bowl forecast:
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:
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.
Beat Baylor today at Reliant Stadium and the positives for Illinois are tangible. And endless.
"It's huge for our psyche," Vic Koenning said.
Wednesday's Texas Bowl will be Illinois' 16th postseason appearance. Our look back at the previous 15, courtesy Fred Kroner:
HOUSTON – What does it mean? What is the lasting significance of the UI's 16th bowl appearance tonight?
Let's study the meaning for an Illini program that is long overdue for a happy ending: