Wisconsin and Western Michigan will face off in the GoodYear Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 2 at noon. The game will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. SportsDay college insiders Ben Baby (Wisconsin) and Bill Nichols (Western Michigan) have everything you need to know ahead of the game.
2016-17 Cotton Bowl, Wisconsin vs Western Michigan: Date, time, location, and everything to know
Here is everything you need to know in preparation for this year’s Cotton Bowl:
Date and time: Jan. 2, 1 p.m.
TV channel: ESPN
Location: Arlington, Texas
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Last year’s score: Alabama 38, Michigan State 0
Last year’s attendance: 82,812
Teams with the most all-time appearances: Texas, 22
Teams with the most all-time wins: Texas, 11
The Wisconsin-Western Michigan Cotton Bowl is the Most Important College Football Game of the Postseason.
To a neutral college football fan, this Wisconsin-Western Michigan showdown is even more important than the College Football Playoff semifinals.
Why? Because the outcome of this game will determine how soon we see an expanded college football playoff field.
A win for Western Michigan would be HUGE for the playoff-expansion movement. It would cap a 14-0 season for the Broncos and land them in the exclusive (and unfortunate) club of undefeated teams that never had a shot at a National Championship. Recent members of this club include TCU (13-0 in 2010), Boise State (14-0 in 2009, 13-0 in 2006), Utah (13-0 in 2008 and 13-0 in 2004), and Auburn (13-0 in 2004).
Western Michigan would be the first since the Playoff Era began.
Key player: No player in FBS history has more receiving yards that Western Michigan wideout Corey Davis. The future NFL pass-catcher is a focal point for the Broncos’ air attack. He is also part of a senior class that bought into Fleck’s unorthodox leadership style and helped build the unique culture that launched a mediocre Group of 5 program into a team that’s capable of challenging college football’s traditional powers.
Key player: Running back Corey Clement has been a workhorse and leads the team in rushing yards and touchdowns. Although his yards-per-carry average is down from earlier in his career, he has willingly taken the load for tough yards to keep the chains moving. Defensively, linebacker T.J. Watt has wreaked havoc on opponents and paces the Badgers in sacks and tackles for loss.