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Illinois Takes On Baylor In Texas Bowl...

CollegeFootballBreakdown.com Texas Bowl Preview Baylor vs Illinois The beauty of bowl games is the fact that they often match teams that would never see each other during the regular season. The Houston Bowl is another example of this as 6-6 Illinois takes on 7-5 Baylor in the Bears home state of Texas at 6pm on December 29th. Who wants it more? It is flawed thinking to assume a team playing in its home state is automatically more focused. Sure there is often a crowd edge but when playing a university with a large alumni population, such as, Illinois, it is normally neutralized. Baylor is the smaller school with more to prove. So their motivation is a given. Illinois should be excited to complete a comeback season in fine style but after playing the Big names of the Big Ten all year, Baylor may not be looked at as a challenge. When Illinois has the ball: Illinois is not fancy. They run the read option with a physical offensive line that will pound you into submission if you cannot man up. According to CFBStats.com, Baylor has given up 4.2 yards per carry this year but seem to struggle late in games against the stronger teams in the Big 12. Illinois will no doubt have success on the ground with QB Scheelhaase and QB Leshoure but will they score touchdowns? I think they will. Edge Illinois When Baylor has the ball:...