Illinois, UCLA To Square Off At Fight Hunger Bowl

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — UCLA and Illinois will bring interim coaches into their matchup at the Fight Hunger Bowl.

The Bruins (6-7) and Illini (6-6) accepted their bids Sunday to the Dec. 31 game in San Francisco.

UCLA fell below .500 Friday night when it lost 49-31 in the Pac-12 title game to Oregon in coach Rick Neuheisel’s final game. The NCAA approved a waiver for the Bruins because they were bowl-eligible before the conference championship game. Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson will coach the Bruins in the bowl game.

Illinois opened the season 6-0 before losing its final six games of the season. That led to coach Ron Zook being fired and replaced by defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, who is the interim coach.

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  • tom Sharp

    Prisoner should be forced to watch this game to get them to confess their crimes! The losing team in this game should have to commit suicide on the field–The ultimate loser bow that proves there are too many bowl games!

  • Reggie Dunlop's Leisure Suit

    YES! Something to do on New Year’s Eve. A team on a 6 game losing streak and a below .500 team, each without a head coach. My Tivo is broken, anyone know if there’s gonna be a re-broadcast? i’m sure I’m gonna want to watch this one over and over!

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