Free Cotton Bowl Prediction: Broncos vs Badgers Odds
Looking for Western Michigan vs. Wisconsin Badgers free picks? 2017 Cotton Bowl betting sees the Broncos taking on the Badgers Monday, January 2nd at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
2017 Cotton Bowl
(13-0) #15 Western Michigan Broncos vs. #8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-3)
Date: Monday, Jan 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Wisconsin -7.5
NCAA Betting Total: 54
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One of the best stories in College Football this year will be featured in the Cotton Bowl on January 2nd.
The #15 Western Michigan Broncos put their undefeated mark on the line when they take on the #8 Wisconsin Badgers.
#15 Western Michigan Broncos
The Western Michigan Broncos ran the table this season, rarely getting tested by anybody.
Marquee wins over a pair of Big 10 opponents early in the season (Northwestern and Illinois), along with a MAC Championship victory over Ohio headline what was a dominant season for one of the best offenses in the nation.
Western Michigan ranks 16th with 497 yards per game and 8th in the nation with 43.8 points per game.
They’ll use their run game to wear opponents down and also use it to open up the pass game.
The Broncos are extremely balanced as they average 259.7 pass yards per game to go along with 237 rush yards. They take plenty of chances down field with QB Zach Terrell, but will also utilize RB Jarvion Franklin and get him plenty of touches.
Look for Terrell to seek WR Corey Davis, who leads the team with 18 touchdowns this season.
#8 Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers led 21-3 in the Big 10 Championship game and looked to be in cruise control for a win over Penn State.
Wisconsin’s defense completely collapsed in the 2nd half and a turnover on downs in the final moments ended the Badgers hopes as they saw Penn State steal the title from them.
Regardless of the outcome there, it was likely the Badgers wouldn’t have found themselves in the BCS Playoff. Settling for a game against Western Michigan isn’t the worst alternative.
Wisconsin saw QB Alex Hornibrook get injured prior to the Championship game, but it’s no secret what this offense will look to do.
RB Corey Clement will get a majority of the touches, as the Badgers look to get the ball in his hands at all costs. Clement has rushed for 1304 yards while tallying 14 touchdowns on the season.
He wears the opposition down and opens up a lot of gaps as the game goes on.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Broncos are 25-10 ATS in their last 35 games on fieldturf.
- Broncos are 27-11 ATS in their last 38 games overall.
- Broncos are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
- Badgers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
- Badgers are 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
Free Cotton Bowl NCAA Football Prediction
Obviously this will be the toughest opponent for the Broncos this season.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Western Michigan +7.5
This is the biggest stage for the Broncos and a solid matchup. Look for them to be that team who makes a name for themselves this bowl season with an outright win here.
Cotton Bowl Free Score Prediction: Western Michigan 34- Wisconsin 30
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