The eighth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will look to avoid the upset against the unbeaten 15th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos when the two teams throw down in the 2016 Goodyear Cotton Bowl.
The Badgers are solid 7.5-point Cotton Bowl spread betting favorites to win beat the Broncos in this intriguing affair. Kick-off takes place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET, live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas while airing on ESPN.
Western Michigan Broncos Vs Wisconsin Badgers Cotton Bowl Odds
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Who: No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos (13-0) vs No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-3)
When: Monday, January 2, 2017
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Arlington, TX
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Spread: Wisconsin -7.5
Moneyline: Western Michigan +265 vs Wisconsin -295
Game Total: 54
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Western Michigan vs Wisconsin
Why Bet The Western Michigan Broncos
Western Michigan (13-0 SU, 9-4 ATS) averages a stellar 43.5 points per game this season while simultaneously limiting their opponents to just 19.5 points per game defensively. The Broncos beat Ohio 29-23 in a hard-fought matchup to win their conference championship despite failing to cover the spread as 16.5-point favorites.
Quarterback Zack Terrell has a stellar season in completing a blistering 70.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,376 yards with 32 TD passes and just three interceptions.
Unheralded running back Jarvion Franklin had a banner season in rushing for 1,300 yards and 12 scores while wide receiver Corey Davis caught a team-high 91 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Why Bet The Wisconsin Badgers
Wisconsin (10-3 SU, 9-3-1 ATS) jumped all over Penn State early in their Big Ten championship matchup, but couldn’t hold off the determined Nittany Lions and ended up on the wrong side of a humbling 38-31 loss to their conference rivals while failing to cover the college football betting line as a 2.5-point favorite.
Backup quarterback Bart Houston has completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions after replacing injured starter Alex Hornibrook.
Running back Corey Clement rushed for a team-high 1,304 yards and 14 touchdowns while wideout Jazz Peavy and tight end Troy Fumagali combined for 74 catches for 1,132 yards and six scores.
Cotton Bowl Pick & Final Score Prediction
I’ve been a huge Wisconsin backer all season long, but right now, I like the motivation factor that Western Michigan has and I believe they’re going to stun a lot of folks by giving the Badgers all they can handle and then some.
Wisconsin has won six of their last seven games while going 11-3-1 ATS over their last 15 games, but Western Michigan has compiled a robust 11-4 ATS mark in its last 15 games and has an offense that is very difficult to keep in check, even for an elite defensive team like the Badgers.
60 percent of public bettors likes Wisconsin to win and cover, but I like the Broncos cover the college football ATS spread as a value-packed 7.5-point underdog in a thriller.
Wisconsin 28 – Western Michigan 27