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Illinois’ Bowl Scenarios after beating Rutgers

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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.

or

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

or

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

or

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

or

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

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