Last night Western Michigan capped off their dominance over the MAC with a 29-23 win over Ohio in the conference championship from Ford Field. It was the Broncos‘ first MAC Championship since 1988 and moved them to 13-0 on the season.
There’s no question PJ Fleck‘s squad has had an impressive season which includes road wins over two Big Ten opponents in Northwestern and Illinois. However there is the question as to where the Broncos go from here when it comes to those big bowl decisions that’ll come Sunday.
Obviously there’s going to be some Broncos fans (and perhaps some impartial onlookers) who’ll be lobbying hard for Western Michigan to get a spot in the four team playoff. It’s idealistic but unfortunately not realistic given opponents the Broncos have been matched up against this season. The truth is those two signature non-conference wins were against two bad teams in the Big Ten.
What’s not out of the question however for Western Michigan is a New Year’s six bowl game, like perhaps the Cotton Bowl.
The Broncos were able to move up one spot after their win over Toledo and could move up even further given the 9th ranked Colorado Buffaloes got their asses kicked by Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game. There’s also no telling how some of these rankings could shape out if teams like No. 15 Florida, No. 16 West Virginia and/or No. 10 Oklahoma State come out on the losing end Saturday.
But the game with the most implication on Western’s chances at the Cotton Bowl could depend on what a 19th ranked Navy team can do against Temple in the AAC title game.
If Navy loses, the Broncos and their undefeated season is probably a lock for the Cotton Bowl. Although if the Midshipmen are able to pull off a victory, there may be some uneasiness in Kalamazoo in terms of their Cotton Bowl chances.
Navy does have two losses on the season which include a 28-14 road defeat to Air Force and a 52-45 road loss to South Florida. However what could propel the Midshipmen into the Cotton Bowl over Western Michigan is namely their 46-40 win over a Houston team back on October 8th who at the time were ranked 6th in the country.
Navy also enjoyed a 28-27 win over Notre Dame on November 11th and yes I know the aren’t good but the cachet of beating a team like ND could still help the Midshipmen’s case for the Cotton Bowl.
Ultimately I think Western Michigan gets into the Cotton Bowl no matter what happens with Navy in the AAC Championship Game however both mid-major teams make a good case for themselves at a New Year’s six bowl game.
Is Western Michigan's MAC Championship enough to get them into a New Year's six bowl game?
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