BOWL COUNTDOWN | WMU faces toughest row yet Monday in Cotton Bowl
WHO | Western Michigan (13-0, 10-0 MAC) vs. Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten)
WHERE | AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
WHEN | Monday, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
SERIES | Wisconsin leads 3-1 (Wisconsin won last meeting 19-7 on Aug. 31, 2000)
WHAT TO WATCH | This is it for Western Michigan, ranked 15th in the College Football Playoff rankings and 12th in the AP Top 25. Row The Boat has been the mantra of head coach P.J. Fleck. And after a 1-11 record in 2013, Fleck's first season, the Broncos have turned the boat around. They play in the first major bowl in school history. It's also the second time in a MAC team has played in a New Year's Six bowl game, and the Broncos hope for a better ending than Northern Illinois' 31-10 loss to Florida State in the 2013 Orange Bowl. WMU beat Northwestern and Illinois this season, but so did Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan, Ohio State and then to Penn State in the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 3. WMU led the MAC in scoring offense and defense (19.5 ppg). The Broncos average 43.5 points per game, powered by 3,000-yard passer Zach Terrell, FBS career leader in receiving yards Corey Davis and 1,300-yard rusher Jarvion Franklin. RB Corey Clement (1,304 yards and 15 TDs rushing) leads Wisconsin's offense, which finished in the middle of the Big Ten pack. But the Badgers' defense was third in the conference in scoring (15.5 ppg) and total yards (303 ypg). This will be WMU's toughest row yet.
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