Illinois, Northwestern learn bowl spots

The first two Big Ten bowl destinations are now official.

Illinois will go to the Texas Bowl and face Baylor on Dec. 29 at Houston's Reliant Stadium, while Northwestern heads to the new TicketCity Bowl and plays Texas Tech on Jan. 1 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

No surprises here, as the Illini and the Wildcats try to reverse the Big Ten's recent struggles against the Big 12 in bowl games.