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Western Michigan Broncos Plays for the Cotton Bowl

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I reported over the weekend that the Western Michigan Broncos deserved the Cotton Bowl appearance and a decision will be made by the selection committee.

As you remember Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck was confident of their chances —

We deserve to be in the gosh darn Cotton Bowl, period. Write it down.

Even though they had a 13-0 record they were still ranked 17th as such Fleck had to campaign and make sure everyone knew they had something special going on. It also helped that Navy lost to Temple as they were still in the running

In preparation for the announcement, Western Michigan Broncos had a watch party

The College Football Playoff selection committee made a decision and Western Michigan University will be playing against Wisconsin (10-3) in the Cotton Bowl scheduled for Jan. 2, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (1 p.m., ESPN). You should start planning to buy your Cotton Bowl Tickets as this is going to be a historic and exciting matchup.

WMU had a strong start for this campaign as they beat Big Ten Teams on the road, Northwestern 22-1 on the 1st week and followed it up on Week 3 against Illinois 34-10.

Fleck on the Bronco’s undefeated record —

First of all, it’s historic. I don’t care what league you’re in. …

If you go undefeated in sports, it’s very special, no matter what. To go undefeated, it takes a ton of resolve, resilience, energy, commitment, trust, belief.

Western Michigan Broncos Watch Party Cotton Bowl

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The Western Michigan Broncos 13-0 record is reason enough for coach P.J. Fleck to be hopeful for their inclusion in the Cotton Bowl. The announcement is going to be made on Dec. 4 and as such the Western Michigan University football is going to host the watch party on Sunday, Dec. 4, in University Arena at Read Fieldhouse situated on the main campus.

The gates will be open at 1:30 p.m. and General admission is free; and no reserved seating, concessions is gonna be available.

Public parking is on Lot 13 and the parking ramp on West Michigan Avenue across.

After the watch party a press conference will be held mostly in anticipation of the selection, WMU Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard, head coach P.J. Fleck, and student-athletes Zach Terrell and Corey Davis will be on the press conference.

Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell knows they have done their best no matter what the announcement is going to be —

Honestly, we’ve done all we can do. Whether or not we’re in the Cotton Bowl, we can’t control that. All we control is winning the games on our schedule, and we’ve done that.

Hopefully P.J. Flecks confidence will bear fruit —

It’s a historic day in Western Michigan history, and we deserve to be in the gosh darn Cotton Bowl, period. Write it down.

Less than a day for Western Michigan’s historic moment.

Navy Heartbreaking loss against Temple

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Navy Midshipmen had a terrible and forgettable game and offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper has this to say — Mama said there’d be days like this.

This is the first appearance of Navy in the conference title where they got controlled and dominated by Temple from start to finish with a 34-10 score. Navy was gunning on playing in the Cotton Bowl but it looked dim right from the start.

The Midshipmen got defeated physically and emotionally and started the game trailing 21-0, against the Black Knights.

Quarterback Will Worth was injured early in the game when he later said he heard something pop and after that he cannot put any weight on his feet after running just four yards on his 263rd carry. He is the second quarterback for the Navy Midshipmen that had been injured, Tago Smith the starting quarterback tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the season opener, ran four yards on his 263rd carry of the fall.

On Will Worth’s leg — I thought I heard a pop. I tried one more play, but I couldn’t put any weight on it.

On the same play that injured Will Worth, Navy’s offensive captain slotback Toneo Gulley also got injured and has this to say — I felt some pops here and there. He shook his head. Crazy.

Both Will Worth and Toneo Gulley are very important players for the Midshipmen and having them on the bech easily lost their chances. Both of them felt bad about it —
“It was very emotional. For both of us.”

Both players upon x-ray revealed they had broken bone in their foot.

Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo has this to say —

It was just a good old-fashioned butt-whipping. It starts with me as the head coach, and you have to give credit to [Temple Coach] Matt [Rhule] because his team was prepared.

Temple lost 28-13 against Army and allowed them to run 342 yards. Navy was held to only 168 yards.

This is a sweet revenge for Temple, as 19 years ago Temple lost against Navy 47-19 and now they reversed the final results Navy badly beaten.

Western Michigan Broncos 13-0 Deserve Cotton Bowl

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P.J. Fleck with a 13-0 record with the Western Michigan Broncoshas no plans to watch as the rest of college football’s final weekend before bowl season plays out during the next two days. In his mind, he already knows where his team is headed —

“It’s a historic day in Western Michigan history, and we deserve to be in the gosh darn Cotton Bowl, period. Write it down.”

Michigan Broncos currently ranked 17th won their 13th straights against Ohio 29-23 at Ford Field winning their first conference championship in 28 years, also finishing 8-0 in Mid-American conference.

A 13-0 record is a very strong case and Fleck feels they should be at the Cotton Bowl regardless of what happens with any team over the weekend. Navy ranked number 19 could potentially get ahead of the Western Michigan if they beat Temple in the American Athletic Conference. Although they have lost against Temple, Fleck feels there is nobody to challenge them —

I don’t think there’s anybody to pay attention to. Who are we paying attention to? Why are we paying attention to anyone? We are 13-0. We are the best Group of 5 team in the country.

Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell has a positive perspective on the situation —

Honestly, we’ve done all we can do. Whether or not we’re in the Cotton Bowl, we can’t control that. All we control is winning the games on our schedule, and we’ve done that.

Fleck feels that their unbeaten record is proof that they deserve a sport on the five smaller conferences and that he and his staff will recruit over the weekend wearing cotton —

I’m going wear cotton shirts. I’m going to have cotton slippers. I’m going to have cotton earmuffs. I’m going to have a cotton jacket. I’m going to wear everything cotton from here on out.

This afternoon, the College Football Playoff selection committee will release the final rankings.

Nick Saban Bold Message for College Football

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The Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban have a bold message to College Football

You don’t want the Tide

They are 13-0 and have won their 3rd straight SEC Championship on a score of 54-16 against the Florida Gators team in Atlanta. What is impressive is that the Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t even have a great game but still delivered a 38 point blow out.

The Crimson Tide has been dominating their opponents the entire season and Nick Saban has been obsessive on perfection on every aspect of the field against strong and weaker opponents.

The Alabama Crimson Tide is currently the number 1 NCAA Football team going into the playoffs and would be playing against team number 4 during the College Football Playoff in the Peach Bowl.

No team wants to be on the number 4 spot going up against the Alabama as it is going to be brutal and unforgiving. Clemson is the only team that played well against Alabama but still lost and I am sure they would rather play someone else than Saban’s team.

The defense of Alabama creates too much problem for opposing quarterbacks as they can transition or play both zone and man-to-man, having different number of players on the front continuously confuse the QB to make consecutive good plays.

At this point no team is able to solve the defense of Crimson Tide and at the same time contain their offense.

Crimson’s offensive line include one of the best receivers and tight ends in the college football Calvin Ridley and O.J. Howard respectively. They also have at least five players who are NFL potential talent.

he Tide offensive line is one of the best in the nation, Calvin Ridley is one of the best receivers in the nation, O.J. Howard is one of the best tight ends in the nation, and the backfield goes five-deep with NFL talent.

Nick Saban bold message for the college football has substance and I am sure teams cannot refute this until they have proven they can beat Alabama Crimson Tide.

Antonio Brown want to be called his alter Ego Ronald

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Antonio Brown probably re-watched Beyonce announcing her alter ego is now Sasha Fierce, as he has now told reporters and everyone else that he should now be called ‘Ronald’?

In an interview he simply said — “For Now You Gonna have to call me Ronald”. Why and who is Ronald? A media member asked about the ‘Ronald thing’ but Antonio responds as ‘It’s top secret’.

This guy is behaving strange hopefully it translates to Pittsburgh Steelers strangely making it to the Super Bowl.

Who Will Replace the Injured Rob Gronkowski?

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The loss of Rob Gronkowski is a big hole to fill and Tom Brady calls it a ‘huge void’, but the team is where it is at and adjustments are expected.

Belichick knows his TE is not coming back this season except possibly in the Super Bowl —

Obviously, we’re all disappointed. Nobody’s worked harder than Rob and has been a better teammate and all that, so hopefully things will work out as positively as possible with him.

All the information we gave you is really all we have for now. I’m sure there will be more coming in as we go through the next few days, so we’ll just take it as it comes. It’s an unfortunate situation for him. That being said, we’re turning our attention to the Rams.

Rob Gronkowski is an integral part of the team and despite only playing five games this season he already has 3 touchdowns, rushed for 540 yards on 21.6 yards per catch.

With this void that Gronkowski is leaving who are the players we expect Tom Brady to trust more?

Martellus Bennett – without doubt Martellus will be targetted more throughout the rest of the season as being the primary TE on the team. He will now move from being TE2 to TE1. He had 4 touchdowns this season and while he is only averaging 12.9 yards per catch, Tom Brady will have to look for him more.

Julian Edelman – Martellus is not Gronkowski and a few misses here and there could have Tom redirect more to Julian Edelman. He is still the primary WR and while he has just averaged 9.6 points per catch, Tom Brady is going to target him more.

Malcolm Mitchell – Tom Brady found this guy starting Week 11 & Week 12 as he has had more catches and yards and fantasy points in two games than the entire past 10 weeks. Tom Brady is trusting this guy and so as fantasy owners as he has been started 20% more on Week 12. Expect to see him being involved more starting Week 13.

James White – This is still RB LeGarrette Blount turf, but we saw Tom Brady used James White to get team off-guard, if in case the receivers do not fill the void of Rob Gronkowski as expected, Tom Brady might opt to run the ball more, expect James White to more points and opportunities.

Rob Gronkowski is a big loss but as Tom Brady quotesWe still have a job to do and we’re going to try to do it as well as we possibly can., New England has the experience and players to make adjustments and make a run for the Super Bowl.

Tom Brady ‘big void’ on loss of Rob Gronkowski

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Rob Gronkowski is going to undergo back surgery which means starting Week 13 and for the rest of the NFL 2016 season he won’t be able to play.

This is bad news for the team as well as fantasy owners because Rob Gronkowski is one of the best if not the best tight end in the NFL right now.

Tom Brady share this sentiments during his interview with Jim Gray on the Westwood One Radio, he says that Rob is “a big void left by such a spectacular player.”

Tom Brady goes on telling that —

“Nobody wants Gronk not out there. Everybody wants Gronk out there every play of every game. But that’s not our reality. “We still have a job to do and we’re going to try to do it as well as we possibly can.

Tom Brady echoes that Rob is one of the best players in the game and is one of the most dependable. I agree on this as I have chosen Gronk in the 2nd round of our Fantasy Football and he can assure you lots of points when he is healthy, as Brady says —

“It doesn’t help losing great players, and to not have Gronk out there — one of our best players and one of our most dependable, consistent players — makes things challenging for us. But that’s what the NFL season is about. It’s about overcoming challenges, adversities. We have a lot of good players on our team that are going to need to step in and fill the void. And that’s a big void left by such a spectacular player in Gronk.”

It is still possible for Rob Gronkowski to return but that would be on the week of the Super Bowl should New England Patriots get there. They sure need him to get them there but right now thye would just have to deal with the challenge — So we understand the challenge is ahead. It becomes more challenging when you lose such a great player in Gronk, but I don’t think any of us are going to give up on what we’re trying to accomplish. We’ve played games without him this season, and we’re going to need to reach a higher level as individuals so that we can reach a higher level as a team.

Tom Brady understands that this is also hard on Rob —

Everyone is thinking about him and what he’s gone through. It’s such a physical sport. It’s hard to see people that you care about go through injuries. He’s gone through his fair share. I also know the resolve he has and that will never change with him. He’ll be as determined as ever to get back and get better as soon as possible.

Brady continues — Our thoughts are with him and what he’s gone through. He’s such a mentally tough person. He’s physically tough. He has a great energy and spirit about him, so we’re all wishing him the very best, and we hope he gets better as soon as possible.

Brady still feels optimistic —

I’m feeling so much better today. I’m excited about this weekend, going out there and playing against a great Rams defense. It’s going to be a good challenge for us and I’ll be feeling a lot better than I was feeling last week. That’s part of (the) football season, too, is dealing with the bumps and bruises and fighting through whatever adversity you face over the course of the week. A lot of guys are banged up at this time of year, a lot of guys aren’t feeling 100 percent, but you still have to go out there and find a way to perform at a high level. Nobody is making excuses and certainly nobody feels sorry for the Patriots. We still have to go out there and try to do our best and play a great game.

Even Belichick chimes in — Obviously, we’re all disappointed. Nobody’s worked harder than Rob and has been a better teammate and all that, so hopefully things will work out as positively as possible with him.

I understand what the team is going through and I understand it will hurt more in real life for New England Patrios because losing him as my starter Tight End in the Fantasy Football is already huge that I have to fill-up and considering there are a lot of TEs I can get from waiver wire it is still not the same.

For now let us hope that New England gets past this challenge and maybe see Rob Gronkowski during the Super Bowl.

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