For the first time since 2014, the Illinois Fighting Illini are bowl eligible.
LET'S GO BOWLING!!! pic.twitter.com/NnomskWDT4— Illinois Football (@IlliniFootball) November 10, 2019
The Illini mounted a fourth-quarter comeback against the Michigan State Spartans, outscoring Mark Dantonio's team 27-3 in the fourth quarter to improve to 6-4 on the season.
Illinois went through a tumultuous three seasons to start Love Smith's tenure, going 9-27 overall and 4-23 in Big Ten play. The former Chicago Bears head coach was seen as someone on the hot seat heading into the season until the Illini pulled an improbable upset over a top ten Wisconsin team earlier this year.
The Illini have a chance to win two more games this season when they travel to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes and then at home against Northwestern in the regular-season finale.