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Wisconsin football: No. 8 Badgers will face undefeated Western Michigan in Cotton Bowl

Luke Schaetzel, Sconnie Sports Talk


After Saturday night’s loss to Penn State, Wisconsin has learned its bowl game destiny.

The Badgers will take on No. 12/14 Western Michigan (13-0) in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on January 2nd. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 1 p.m. CT from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Wisconsin was ranked No. 8 in both the AP and Coaches Polls. The Badgers finished their season at 10-3 (6-3 Big Ten). Season highlights included beating a top-five LSU team at Lambeau field and beating Nebraska at home in overtime.

Western Michigan is one of just two Divison I teams to go undefeated this year, the other being Alabama. They beat Ohio in the MAC Championship game 29-23, and they are currently 2-0 against the Big Ten this year with wins over Northwestern and Illinois.

This year’s College Football Playoff will feature matchups of No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Washington and No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Ohio State, with the Big 12 being the only Power 5 Conference without a team represented this year. No. 5 Penn State and No. 6 Michigan, along with Wisconsin, will miss the playoff.