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2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Wisconsin vs. WMU Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores


Who’s going to win the 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl? Check out the Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan prediction, game preview, history and scores.


2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Wisconsin vs. Western Michigan Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores

Prediction & Game Preview To Come 

Monday, January 2, 2017
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX, 1:00 ET, ESPN

Wisconsin, Big Ten, 10-3

The schedule that looked impossible to navigate before the season started – with games against LSU, Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa away from home, and Nebraska and Ohio State in Camp Randall, no one expected much. But the defense was a rock all year long, the offensive line improved, and the team did everything it was supposed to do – except for coming up with a fourth down conversion in the Big Ten Championship.

– How will the Badgers overcome the massive disappointment against Penn State? For about 25 minutes, it looked like they were about to make a College Football Playoff statement, and then came the defensive meltdown. As Penn State exposed, throw deep against this D, and good things tend to happen.

– Lost a bit in the greatness that was the second half of the season was just how hurt this team was. That’s no excuse against Penn State, but the ultra-physical Badgers should be far, far better than they were in Indianapolis with a month off. The pass rush will show up again.

– The three-headed running back monster is impossible to stop – except on the biggest fourth down of the season. Corey Clement is the star, at least when he’s not fumbling. Dare Ogbunowale is the third down playmaker, and Bradrick Shaw is the young thumper of the future.

Western Michigan, MAC, 13-0

They did it. The Broncos came into the season as the favorites to win the MAC, and they pulled it off in dominant fashion – at least they did up until the conference title game. They’ve got a legitimate NFL receiver in Corey Davis, a smart, veteran passer in Zach Terrell, and a defense that swarms all over everything. They’re for real, and they’re about to try making a statement.

- It’s corny, but head coach P.J. Fleck has kicked in the Row The Boat mantra, with an energy and a fire that won’t let his team quite. There were a few rocky spots early, but Northwestern to start the regular season and Ohio to end it were the only two games decided by fewer than ten points. They Row The Boat – they keep on working.

- Corey Davis is going to put on a show. The 6-3, 213-pound senior is projected to be a first rounder in April with 6-3 size, breakaway speed, and No. 1 target talent catching 91 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 scores. Get him the ball on the move, and look out.

- One of the most efficient offenses in America, the Broncos are second in the nation in third down conversions, connecting a ridiculous 55% of their tries. They struggled against Illinois and against Ohio, but against everyone else … boom. In the key game against Toledo late in the season, they connected on 10-of-14 tries.

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Cotton Bowl History, Results

Dec. 31, 2015 Alabama 38 Michigan State 0
Jan. 1, 2015 Michigan State 42 Baylor 41
Jan. 3, 2014 Missouri 41 Oklahoma State 31
Jan. 4, 2013 Texas A&M 41 Oklahoma 13
Jan. 6, 2012 Arkansas 29 Kansas State 16
Jan. 7, 2011 LSU 41 Texas A&M 24
Jan. 1, 2010 Mississippi 21 Oklahoma State 7
Jan. 1, 2009 Mississippi 47 Texas Tech 34
Jan. 1, 2008 Missouri 38 Arkansas 7
Jan. 1, 2007 Auburn 17 Nebraska 14
Jan. 2, 2006 Alabama 13 Texas Tech 10
Jan. 1, 2005 Tennessee 38 Texas A&M 7
Jan. 2, 2004 Mississippi 31 Oklahoma State 28
Jan. 1, 2003 Texas 35 LSU 20
Jan. 1, 2002 Oklahoma 10 Arkansas 3
Jan. 1, 2001 Kansas State 35 Tennessee 21
Jan. 1, 2000 Arkansas 27 Texas 6
Jan. 1, 1999 Texas 38 Mississippi State 11
Jan. 1, 1998 UCLA 29 Texas A&M 23
Jan. 1, 1997 BYU 19 Kansas State 15
Jan. 1, 1996 Colorado 38 Oregon 6
Jan. 2, 1995 USC 55 Texas Tech 14
Jan. 1, 1994 Notre Dame 24 Texas A&M 21
Jan. 1, 1993 Notre Dame 28 Texas A&M 3
Jan. 1, 1992 Florida State 10 Texas A&M 2
Jan. 1, 1991 Miami 46 Texas 3
Jan. 1, 1990 Tennessee 31 Arkansas 27
Jan. 2, 1989 UCLA 17 Arkansas 3
Jan. 1, 1988 Texas A&M 35 Notre Dame 10
Jan. 1, 1987 Ohio State 28 Texas A&M 12
Jan. 1, 1986 Texas A&M 36 Auburn 16
Jan. 1, 1985 Boston College 45 Houston 28
Jan. 2, 1984 Georgia 10 Texas 9
Jan. 1, 1983 SMU 7 Pittsburgh 3
Jan. 1, 1982 Texas 14 Alabama 12
Jan. 1, 1981 Alabama 30 Baylor 2
Jan. 1, 1980 Houston 17 Nebraska 14
Jan. 1, 1979 Notre Dame 35 Houston 34
Jan. 2, 1978 Notre Dame 38 Texas 10
Jan. 1, 1977 Houston 30 Maryland 21
Jan. 1, 1976 Arkansas 31 Georgia 10
Jan. 1, 1975 Penn State 41 Baylor 20
Jan. 1, 1974 Nebraska 19 Texas 3
Jan. 1, 1973 Texas 17 Alabama 13
Jan. 1, 1972 Penn State 30 Texas 6
Jan. 1, 1971 Notre Dame 24 Texas 11
Jan. 1, 1970 Texas 21 Notre Dame 17
Jan. 1, 1969 Texas 36 Tennessee 13
Jan. 1, 1968 Texas A&M 20 Alabama 16
Dec. 31, 1966 Georgia 24 SMU 9
Jan. 1, 1966 LSU 14 Arkansas 7
Jan. 1, 1965 Arkansas 10 Nebraska 7
Jan. 1, 1964 Texas 28 Navy 6
Jan. 1, 1963 LSU 13 Texas 0
Jan. 1, 1962 Texas 12 Mississippi 7
Jan. 2, 1961 Duke 7 Arkansas 6
Jan. 1, 1960 Syracuse 23 Texas 14
Jan. 1, 1959 TCU 0 Air Force 0
Jan. 1, 1958 Navy 20 Rice 7
Jan. 1, 1957 TCU 28 Syracuse 27
Jan. 2, 1956 Mississippi 14 TCU 13
Jan. 1, 1955 Georgia Tech 14 Arkansas 6
Jan. 1, 1954 Rice 28 Alabama 6
Jan. 1, 1953 Texas 16 Tennessee 0
Jan. 1, 1952 Kentucky 20 TCU 7
Jan. 1, 1951 Tennessee 20 Texas 14
Jan. 2, 1950 Rice 27 North Carolina 13
Jan. 1, 1949 SMU 21 Oregon 13
Jan. 1, 1948 SMU 13 Penn State 13
Jan. 1, 1947 Arkansas 0 LSU 0
Jan. 1, 1946 Texas 40 Missouri 27
Jan. 1, 1945 Oklahoma State 34 TCU 0
Jan. 1, 1944 Texas 7 Randolph Field 7
Jan. 1, 1943 Texas 14 Georgia Tech 7
Jan. 1, 1942 Alabama 29 Texas A&M 21
Jan. 1, 1941 Texas A&M 13 Fordham 12
Jan. 1, 1940 Clemson 6 Boston College 3
Jan. 2, 1939 St. Mary's 20 Texas Tech 13
Jan. 1, 1938 Rice 28 Colorado 14
Jan. 1, 1937 TCU 16 Marquette 6