After missing out the past two seasons, Illinois is back in a bowl game.
The drought between bowl appearances has been much longer for Baylor.
With both schools in the midst of a resurgence, the Illini and Bears meet in the Texas Bowl in Houston on Dec. 29.
Baylor (7-5) clinched its first winning season since 1995 and earned a bowl bid for the first time since losing 10-3 to Washington State in the 1994 Alamo Bowl.
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