Badgers get bowl game; Play Western Michigan in Cotton Bowl

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The Badgers will play in a New Years Six Bowl this season after losing a heartbreaker to Penn State in the Big10 championship game. Unfortunately it’s not the Rose Bowl which would’ve been the outcome had Wisconsin beat Penn State.

-Badgers & Broncos Tasting Cotton For First Time 

The Wisconsin Badgers and Western Michigan Broncos will both be in the Cotton Bowl for the first time in the 80 year existence of the game. The Badgers come into this game with a 10-3 record, as Western Michigan comes in undefeated and looking to carry on a perfect season.

-Key Players for each team

  • Wisconsin
    • RB-Corey Clement (Sr.)
      • Clement is having a really good bounce back season after an injury filled 2015 season. Clement touched the ball a total of 48 times in 2015 for 221 and 5 TD’s. This season the touches improved and so did the other numbers. In 2016 (so far) he carried the ball 292 times for 1,304 yards and 14 touchdowns, which puts him in 21st in FBS in yards and tied for 21st in TDs. Clement had a huge game against Penn State (21 attempts, 161 yards and a TD (TD was a 67 yard rush), hopefully he can have another big game against Western Michigan.
    • LB-T.J. Watt (Jr.)
      • TJ is the younger brother of former Badgers star and now Houston superstar JJ Watt and is proving to be a huge force with the Badgers. This season has been a standout one for Watt with 59 total tackles, 35 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, 10.5 sacks and a pick-six against Purdue. TJ’s junior season compares well to JJ’s junior season.
        • JJ Watt (Jr.)-62 total, 42 solo’s, 20 assisted, 7.0 sacks
        • TJ Watt (Jr.)-59 total, 35 solo’s, 24 assisted, 10.5 sacks
  • Western Michigan
    • WR-Corey Davis (Sr.)
      • Davis is a superstar on a team that is not talked about all that much. If you wanna be sure of his superstar status, he is the FBS leader in career receiving yards with 5,205 since 2013. He passed up Trevor Insley who had 5,005 from 1996-1999. Davis this year has 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns. That puts Davis in 7th in the FBS in receiving yards and 1st in TD’s. On an unknown team Davis is being talked about being a potential 1st round draft pick and a high one at that.
    • DE-Keion Adams (Sr.)
      • Adams has had a spectacular season on the defensive side of the ball. To put it in different terms, Jabrill Peppers who is a potential Heisman trophy winner had 16.0 tackles for loss, Adams has 17.0. Adams is in 69th in all of the FBS with 7.5 sacks, which leads his team. Adams also leads his team in forced fumbles with 3 with 1 recovery. Adams doesn’t lead his team on tackles but he seems to do everything else very well, and will be a force to Wisconsins offensive line.

 

-Details about the game

  • Time, Date and Channel: 1 p.m., Jan 2nd, ESPN

 

-My Take

Western Michigan is a very tough team, Corey Davis is a machine and easily a first round draft pick. Zach Terrell and Davis are a lethal combination and are scary good in the MAC. Western Michigan has made major strides as a program such as going 1-13 in 2013 and now being 13-0 and once featured this week on College Gameday. The Badgers defense got torched in the 2nd half by Penn State’s vertical passing attack, and Corey Davis could easily do that to this team.

Wisconsin looked very good this season, and very off this season. Starting out with a good win against top power LSU and rolling through non-conference play. Then they ran into top 5 teams in Ohio State and Michigan, barley losing both games (lost by a total of 14 between both games) The Badgers also rolled through conference play outscoring opponents 189-73, then ran into Penn State in the Big10 Championship game and got ran over in a sloppy second half.

 

-Prediction

Wisconsin 35, Western Michigan 31

I know it may sound like bias coming from a Wisconsin writer for a Wisconsin website but only having the Badgers lose by 4 lacks the bias. Corey Davis will have a huge game for the Broncos (7 rec, 95 yds, 2 TD’s) but the Badgers defensive front will come up huge. Vince Biegel and TJ Watt will show up much more in this game then they did in the Penn State game. Leo Musso and Sojourn Shelton will fire up with it being their last game with the Grateful red, Clement will hopefully have a big game again to spark the offense and hopefully win the game.

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