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Cotton Bowl

Last season, the Western Michigan Broncos earned their first bowl win in school history with a 45-31 win over Middle Tennessee in the Bahamas Bowl. Just one year later, the Broncos have earned a spot in a New Year's Six bowl squaring off against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Cotton Bowl.

Kickoff: Monday, January 2 @ 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Additional Read: Western Michigan vs Wisconsin Betting

2016-17 Cotton Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Western Michigan+7.5
Wisconsin-7.5
Over/Under53.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
TeamConf.SUATSOU
Western MichiganMAC13-09-47-6
WisconsinBig Ten10-39-3-16-7

Cotton Bowl Matchup

Western Michigan wrapped up a perfect 13-0 SU regular season with a 29-23 win over Ohio in the MAC championship game. The six-point win was the Broncos' first by less than two touchdowns since they edged out Northwestern  22-21 on the road back in Week 1. The Broncos won their games by an average margin of 24 points this season, going 9-4 ATS in the process.

The key to Western Michigan's success was its high-powered offense, which ranked eighth in the nation in scoring with 43.5 points per game. Zach Terrell was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation, passing for 3376 yards and 32 touchdowns while throwing only three interceptions. Jarvion Franklin and Jamauri Bogan combined for 2165 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns as well.

While the Broncos have passed the eye test on offense this season, they haven't faced a defense like Wisconsin's yet. The Badgers finished the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 15.5 points per game en route to a 10-3 SU and 9-3-1 ATS campaign.

Wisconsin had an uncharacteristically poor showing on defense in the Big Ten championship game, blowing a 28-7 lead and allowing 384 passing yards in a 38-31 loss to Penn State. It will be interesting to see if the Broncos are able to use that game tape to their advantage, or if the advantage will go Wisconsin's way as the team will be motivated to bounce back and prove its mettle.

The Cotton Bowl provides an intriguing matchup between two very different programs, Western Michigan's fun and fast-paced offense against Wisconsin's businesslike, smash-mouth Big Ten football. The Badgers are 17-0 SU in their last 17 games against MAC opponents, but this one doesn't figure to be as easy as those early-season pushovers.

Cotton Bowl Betting Trends
  • Wisconsin is 11-3-1 ATS in its last 15 games.
  • Wisconsin is 17-0 SU in its last 17 games against the Mid-American.
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Wisconsin's last 13 games after losing as a favorite.
  • The total has gone UNDER in Western Michigan's last three games against the Big Ten.
  • Western Michigan is 8-0 SU and 6-2 ATS in its last eight games against teams with winning records.
  • Western Michigan is 15-0 SU and 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games.

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Cotton Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Cotton BowlOregon6Colorado38-7COLOCOLO
1996Cotton BowlKansas State15BYU19+3BYUBYU
1997Cotton BowlUCLA29Texas A&M23+12TEXA&MUCLA
1998Cotton BowlMississippi State11Texas38-6.5TEXASTEXAS
1999Cotton BowlTexas6Arkansas27+5.5ARKARK
2000Cotton BowlTennessee21Kansas State35-3.5KAN.STKAN.ST
2001Cotton BowlOklahoma10Arkansas3+12ARKOKLA
2002Cotton BowlLSU20Texas35-10.5TEXASTEXAS
2003Cotton BowlMississippi31Oklahoma State28+3PushMISS
2004Cotton BowlTennessee38Texas A&M7-5TENNTENN
2005Cotton BowlAlabama13Texas Tech10-3ALABALAB
2006Cotton BowlNebraska14Auburn17-2.5AUBRNAUBRN
2007Cotton BowlArkansas7Missouri38-3.5MIZZOUMIZZOU
2008Cotton BowlMississippi47Texas Tech34-4MISSMISS
2009Cotton BowlMississippi21Oklahoma State7+3.5MISSMISS
2010Cotton BowlTexas A&M24LSU41-1.5LSULSU
2011Cotton BowlKansas State16Arkansas29-9.5ARKARK
2012Cotton BowlTexas A&M41Oklahoma13+3TEXA&MTEXA&M
2013Cotton BowlMissouri41Oklahoma State31-3MIZZOUMIZZOU
2014Cotton Bowl ClasicMichigan State42Baylor41-3Michigan StateMichigan State
2015Cotton BowlMichigan State0Alabama38-10.5AlabamaAlabama
2016Cotton BowlWestern Michigan-Wisconsin--7.5  
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