The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will be at 2:30 pm CT on Dec. 31 on ESPN.The destination- picturesque AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants of MLB.
They will face an as of now, unnamed Pac-12 team. Most likely it will be a 6-7 UCLA team. If so, that’s four bowls in a roll the Illini have faced an opponent in their home state. (Baylor in Texas Bowl last year, USC in Rose Bowl ’07, LSU in Sugar Bowl ’01).
Illinois has also faced UCLA in bowls on four previous occassions- winning the first two. But then losing the 1984 Rose Bowl 45-9, and the extremely exciting 1991 John Hancock Bowl 6-3.
The Illini could use a win after their once exciting 6-0 season collapsed into the current six game losing streak train wreck; in which Ron Zook’s job was a casualty. The Illini are the first team in FBS history to start 6-0 and finish 0-6.
But I don’t want to end on a downer. So here’s another factoid:
Illinois is going for the first back-to-back bowl wins in program history.