Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 2011: Key Matchups for UCLA vs. Illinois

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Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl 2011: Key Matchups for UCLA vs. Illinois
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The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has announced its two participants for 2011, and they are the Illinois Fighting Illini and the UCLA Bruins.

Each team only has six wins, and each had a very disappointing season. UCLA was the favorite to win the Pac 12 South, and though they did in the end (because of the USC Trojans' ineligibility), they did so unimpressively.

Illinois started the season 6-0 and got as high as No. 15 in the polls, but then lost each of their last six games.

Both teams would love to get a big bowl victory to stop the bleeding and get some momentum going into the 2012 season. Here are the five most important matchups in this New Year's Eve matchup between Illinois and UCLA.

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