How to Watch 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl
Game Time: 11 a.m.
TV Channel: ESPN2
Online streaming: SlingTV
Odds: ILL +1.5, O/U 46 according to DraftKings.
Illinois Fighting Illini (8-4)
Head Coach: Bret Bielema (13-11, 2nd season)
2021-22 record: 5-7 (4-5 Big Ten)
No. 22 Mississippi State (8-4)
Head Coach: Zach Arnett (0-0)
What Happened Illinois Played In A Bowl?
SANTA CLARA — Nobody will ever really know what Josh Whitman and Lovie Smith talked about when they first met back in 2016 to discuss the head coaching position at the University of Illinois. It was probably something about bringing the football program back to a state of relevancy, getting recruits that don’t belong in the MAC, and winning a bowl game.
Whatever the goals were, the Illini took a substantial step forward Monday afternoon despite coming up short.
In its first bowl game in five years and change, Illinois lost to Cal, 35-20, in the 2019 Redbox Bowl at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.