Illinois is still waiting for confirmation of its bowl game, but it is being reported that Lovie Smith’s squad is set to play in a California bowl.
According to Mark Tupper with WAND-TV, the Illini will be heading to Santa Clara, California to play in the Redbox Bowl. Their bowl opponent will be California.
Gordon Voit, also with WAND-TV, shared a video of Tupper’s report and explanation. According to Tupper, it really comes down to three bowls – the Redbox, Quick Lanes, and Pinstripe Bowls – and three teams – Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan State.
JUST IN: Illinois will be playing in the Redbox Bowl
🐻 Illinois vs. Cal
🏟️ Levi's Stadium
📍 Santa Clara, Calif.
📅 12/30 at 3 p.m. (Central) on Fox
— Gordon Voit (@GordonVoit) December 6, 2019
Illinois previously appeared in this bowl back in 2011 when it was known as the Fight Hunger Bowl. The Illini knocked off UCLA that season by a score of 20-14. That win was also the last time Illinois finished a season with a winning record.
Can the Illini capture win No. 7 in a familiar environment?