Illinois head coach Ron Zook looks around as team warms up before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) By Nam Y. Huh
CHAMPAIGN, Ill (AP) -- Illinois coach Ron Zook says the Illini's Dec. 29 date against Baylor in the Texas Bowl is a great chance for his players to play on a national stage. He says it's also a good chance for Illinois to make an impression on potential Texas recruits.
Zook said Sunday after Illinois announced it had accepted a bid to play in the bowl game in Houston that he hasn't had a chance yet to study Baylor.
The Bears (7-5, 4-4 Big 12) will be making their first bowl appearance in 16 seasons.
The Illini finished 6-6 (4-4 Big Ten) a year after going 3-9. Illinois closed its season Friday with a 25-23 loss to Fresno State.
Illinois will make its first bowl appearance since the Rose Bowl after the 2007 season.
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