The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic in conjunction with the College Football Playoff and ESPN announced today that the 82nd edition of the Classic will be moved to Friday, Dec. 29th, 2017 and played in an exclusive primetime window on ESPN.
The game was previously scheduled in an earlier window on Saturday, Dec. 30th. The exact kickoff time on Friday night will be announced at a later date.
“When we first moved to AT&T Stadium, the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic enjoyed a successful run of games on Friday night,” Jay McAuley, Chairman of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic said.
The Cotton Bowl Athletic Association’s mission is to create the most innovative of all college football bowl games and be the leader in creating premier college sports experiences, and when it comes to media operations, there’s one man that has led the charge and developed a reputation unparalleled in the industry for creating the best experience for media.
Charlie Fiss has consistently set the bar for bowl media operations dating back to his first Classic with Heisman winner Doug Flutie in 1985.
In its first appearance in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (11-3, 7-2 Big Ten ) outlasted No. 15 Western Michigan, handing the Broncos (13-1, 8-1 MAC) their first loss of the season with a 24-16 victory in front of 59,615 fans at AT&T Stadium.
Wisconsin used a full team effort to edge the Broncos as key special teams and defensive performances late in the game, along with a balanced offensive attack, carried the Badgers to their seventh 11-win season in program history.
Wisconsin inside linebacker T.J. Edwards earned the McKnight Trophy as the defensive MVP for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic following the Badgers’ 24-16 victory over the Western Michigan Broncos.
With the momentum shifting toward Western Michigan in the fourth quarter, Edwards pulled in a game changing interception. The third pick of the sophomore’s career set up a touchdown drive by the Badgers to put the team ahead 24-10. Edwards recorded 10 total tackles including four solo along with the interception.
Wisconsin’s Troy Fumagalli earned the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic’s J. Curtis Stanford Offensive MVP Award after posting a team-high 83 reception yards and one touchdown.
The 6-6, 248lb tight end has rounded out the 2016 season having produced the third-most yards in his career after notching a 100-yard game versus LSU in the season opener. The junior finished the day with six receptions and converted four of Wisconsin’s seven third downs.
“It's a great feeling to come out on top,” said Fumagalli after the game.
Today’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic attendance is 59 , 615
With the three points from Wisconsin’s converted field goal (Andrew Endicott 30 yard field goal) with 0:18 seconds left in the first half, teams have now combined for more than 3,000 points (3,001 with field goal) in the bowl ’s history . In 81 Classics , Cot ton Bowl teams have combined for 3, 0 1 7 total points.
Wiscons in quarterbacks Bart Houston (11 of 12 ) and Alex Hornibrook (2 of 2) combined to complete 13 of 14 passes for a .
Wisconsin got its last feel of AT&T Stadium in anticipation of its Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic clash with a brief walk-through late Sunday afternoon.
“It’s one more day of preparation,” said head coach Paul Chryst. “Guys were able to run through the game plan and make sure they are sharp on some things. You’re always teaching, you’re always coaching so (this was) one more day of preparation.”
With weeks of practice in the books, the Badgers (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) and the No.
Western Michigan put the finishing touches on its preparation for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl by conducting a light practice Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium.
The Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) have completed their 15 allotted bowl workouts and Head Coach P.J. Fleck proclaimed his team his ready to face Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) on Monday.
“Our players are anxious to play … and tired of practicing,” Head Coach P.J. Fleck said earlier in the day.
Western Michigan polished its game plan during a 45-minute practice Saturday at AT&T Stadium.
It’s the same practice during a regular-season game week that falls on a Thursday, so the Broncos refer to it as Technique Thursday. They work without pads and helmets and they step moderately instead of running as they execute plays.
“There’s absolutely zero energy exerted physically. It’s all mental energy,” Head Coach P.J.
After a day away from the practice field, Wisconsin got back to business for its matchup with the No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos in the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
The Badgers (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) went through their final full workout at AT&T Stadium with a 90-minute workout, thoroughly going through the final touches of their preparation in helmets and shorts. Head coach Paul Chryst said he was pleased with how his squad responded from taking the much-needed respite.
Western Michigan on Friday completed its last heavy practice before the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and appeared right on schedule physically and mentally.
The Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American), ranked 15th in the College Football Playoff poll, take their undefeated record into the Jan. 2 game against No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten), which did not practice on Friday.
Western Michigan’s fourth practice at AT&T Stadium was one of “high energy … incredible focus from our players,” Head Coach P.
Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst and the entire Badger football team spent their afternoon
visiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The team spent an hour signing autographs and playing
games with patients.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital President and CEO, Robert Walker, welcomed the team and Coach Chryst,
along with Jay McAuley, Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.
During the program, Seth Klugherz, Director of Marketing for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company,
presented Texas Scottish Rite Hospital a $10,000 check, as well as a certificate for two people to ride the
Wisconsin continued its preparation for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic with another nearly two-hour practice Thursday morning.
Donning shells and helmets, the Badgers hit the AT&T Stadium turf with enthusiasm, working through situational plays on offense and defense in their third practice in North Texas.
“I’ve been really happy with the way the kids have approached the mornings in practice and in meetings. They had good energy today,” said head coach Paul Chryst.
If grades were being handed out for practice quality, then Western Michigan would have earned an ‘A’ on Thursday.
“This was one of the best practices we’ve had in the last two months,” Head Coach P.J. Fleck said.
The 15th-ranked Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) continued their preparation for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Jan. 2 at AT&T Stadium. They’ll face No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten).
When the Broncos arrived, they were a little wide-eyed at the bowl hospitality and the grandeur of AT&T Stadium, where they watched the Dallas Cowboys game on Monday night.
Spend any time around Western Michigan Head Coach P.J. Fleck and
you’re likely to hear about serving and giving being fundamental parts of the program’s values.
A few of his players demonstrated those values by coming to the aid of an injured man this week, a story that was shared with the rest of the players after their walk-through on Wednesday at AT&T Stadium.
The 15th-ranked Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) are preparing to meet No. 8 Wisconsin (10- 3, 7-2 Big Ten) on Jan.