Illinois joins list of bowl eligible with huge comeback

Several more teams became bowl eligible this week — none with more flair than Illinois.
The Illini beat Michigan State 37-34 after trailing 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 at the start of the fourth. It’s the first time Illinois has been bowl eligible since 2014, and it was the biggest comeback in school history. Coach Lovie Smith’s team upset Wisconsin last month, and that was the start of a four-game winning streak that is still going.
There are 53 teams that are bowl eligible so far:
Air Force
Alabama
Appalachian State
Auburn
Baylor
Boise State
Central Florida
Central Michigan
Cincinnati
Clemson
Florida
Florida Atlantic
Georgia
Georgia State
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas State
Louisiana-Lafayette
Louisiana Tech
LSU
Marshall
Memphis
Miami
Michigan
Minnesota
Navy
Nevada
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Oregon
Penn State
Pittsburgh
San Diego State
SMU
Southern California
Southern Mississippi
Temple
Texas
Texas A&M
Toledo
Tulane
UAB
Utah
Virginia
Wake Forest
Washington
Western Kentucky
Western Michigan
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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