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.

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?