For Western Michigan and Wisconsin, the 2017 Cotton Bowl is finally here.
Can rising coaching star P.J. Fleck lead the unbeaten MAC champion to a New Year’s Six bowl victory? Or will traditional power Wisconsin have its way after a 10-win regular season in the Big Ten?
No. 12 Western Michigan carries a 13-0 record into the Cotton Bowl, boasting victories against Big Ten opponents Northwestern and Illinois. Wisconsin will look to avoid being the third Big Ten team to fall victim to the Broncos.
No. 8 Wisconsin lost to Penn State in the Big Ten championship game in December, and also dropped games to Ohio State and Michigan during its 10-win season.
Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin: Cotton Bowl game time, details
Time: 1 p.m. ET kickoff
Date: Monday, Jan. 2
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Weather: Forecast calls for 67 degrees and sunny at kickoff.
The line: Wisconsin is an 8.5-point favorite.
What TV channel is the Cotton Bowl between Western Michigan and Wisconsin on?
It will be televised nationally on ESPN.
How can I watch the Cotton Bowl between Western Michigan and Wisconsin online?
It can be watched online via WatchESPN.
How can I listen to the Cotton Bowl between Western Michigan and Wisconsin on the radio?
You can listen on ESPN Radio with Brad Sham, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich on the call. A full list of Western Michigan radio affiliates can be found here. For Wisconsin fans, the Badgers radio affiliate information can be found here.
Who is calling the Cotton Bowl for ESPN?
Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams
Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin keys to the Cotton Bowl
1. Western Michigan must settle nerves
The Broncos are a very good team, but they’ve never been on a stage like this. This is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill MAC game. How Fleck is able to keep his team’s emotions in check, especially if something goes awry in the early moments of the game, may have a huge impact on the outcome.
2. The Badgers’ ability to run the football and set tempo
Wisconsin is a physical team that usually is content grinding away low-scoring victories behind a solid running game and a stingy defense. If the Badgers are able to dictate tempo and run the ball effectively, it will be tough for Western Michigan to pull this one out.
3. Will Corey Clement’s streak continue?
Badgers RB Corey Clement ended the season with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games. If he’s able to get a sixth, chances are good that it will be a good day for the Badgers.