Illinois and UCLA meet on the gridiron for the 12th time on Saturday afternoon in what Vegas figures will be a tightly-contested game. Illinois desperately wants a win to end their six-game losing streak, and unusually enough, UCLA needs a win just to finish the year at .500 overall.
The Bruins figure to have the crowd on their side since they have far less distance to travel, and the Illini have sold fewer than 2,000 tickets as of Friday.
Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m. CT
Internet Stream: ESPN3
Odds: Illinois is favored by three points.
Series: UCLA and Illinois have met 11 times previously, with UCLA holding a 6-5 edge.
Official Bowl Website: KraftBowl.org
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