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Illinois’ Bowl Scenarios after beating Rutgers

We know it’s way too early to be talking about the Illini’s bowl prospects, but whatever!

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl - Illinois v Louisiana Tech Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Illini are now three wins away from bowl eligibility with seven games remaining. A glance at the remaining schedule (Purdue, @Wisconsin, @Maryland, Minnesota, @Nebraska, Iowa, @Northwestern) gives hope that bowl eligibility is possibility.

But why limit ourselves to three wins? Let’s lay out all remaining bowl scenarios.

Bowl Scenario 1 - Illini win out

Rose Bowl - Illinois v USC Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA) vs Pac -12

Bowl Scenario 2 - Illini win next seven but lose Big Ten Championship

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl - Michigan v Florida Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Citrus Bowl (Orlando) vs SEC or ACC opponent.

Bowl Scenario 3 - Illini win six of the last seven

Outback Bowl - Northwestern v Tennessee Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Outback Bowl (Tampa, FL) vs. SEC.


San Diego Country Credit Union Holiday Bowl (San Diego, CA) vs. Pac-12

Bowl Scenario 4 - Illini win five of the last seven

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville, FL) vs. SEC


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, TN) vs. SEC


New Era Pinstripe Bowl (New York, NY) vs. ACC

Bowl Scenario 5 - Illini win four of the last seven

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl - Illinois v UCLA Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

San Francisco Bowl (Santa Clara, CA) vs. Pac-12

Bowl Scenario 6 - Illini win three of the last seven

NCAA Football: Quick Lane Bowl-Boston College vs Maryland Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit, MI) vs. ACC


SERVPRO First Responders Bowl (Dallas, TX) vs. C-USA

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