As for Baylor, they reached new heights by being ranked in the top 25, but that came crashing down with three consecutive blow out loses to Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, all who were ranked at the time.
The experts overwhelming feel that Baylor should win this game.
Rivals - Each of the five Rivals writers selected Baylor as did 67 percent of Yahoo users in the Pick'em game.
CBS Sports - Three of the five writers pick Baylor over Illinois.
USA Today - Seven of the eight panelists pick Baylor over Illinois.
Fanhouse - Brett McMurphy makes his picks against the spread and takes Baylor.
The Texas Bowl kicks off at 4 p.m. (MT) on ESPN