Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
No. 15 Western Michigan (13-0, 8-0 MAC) vs. No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten)
Jan. 2 – 1 p.m., ESPN
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Average Line: Wisconsin, -7.5
It seems like every year that there’s that one non-Power Five school that goes undefeated and pushes the committee.
Western Michigan was that team in 2016 as the Broncos won all 13 of their games. The Broncos did beat Illinois and Northwestern during nonconference play, but the rest was a slew of MAC teams.
The one player that fans need to watch is Western Michigan wideout Corey Davis. Davis caught 91 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns throughout the season.
Davis is the all-time leading receiver in NCAA history. He’s accumulated 5,205 receiving yards during his four years with the Broncos.
His ability to make plays after the catch is astounding. He should be a first round pick in April’s NFL Draft.
Wisconsin nearly won the Big Ten title game before collapsing in the second half to Penn State.
Still, this is a team that is loaded with talent.
Running back Corey Clement is a joy to watch when he’s healthy. Clement racked up 1,304 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season and just flat-out makes plays.
The Badgers possess a very stout defense that includes star T.J. Watt. It’ll be interesting to see how they match up with Davis and the Broncos.
Prediction: Wisconsin wins 24-17