2016 ScheduleAll times ET

2016 Schedule
10-3, 1st in Big Ten - West
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11hMatt Fortuna

Source: Ex-ND QB Zaire visiting Wisconsin, UNC

Notre Dame graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire, looking for a new home to play his fifth season, is planning visits to Wisconsin and North Carolina this week, according to a source.

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The KFC Top 5 At 5

Homer and Gabe pick their top five athletes, coaches, or stories of the week, presented by the KFC $5 Fill-Up.

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Chryst and Fleck as opposite as can be

Wisconsin's Paul Chryst and Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck are different personalities, between Chryst's hard-scrabble demeanor and Fleck's youthful charisma, and that makes it a fascinating Cotton Bowl to watch, writes Ted Miller. Full story

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An eight-team playoff would have worked this year (0:50)
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Zimbrick Chevy's Tausch's Takeaway

Tausch's Takeaway is that the Badgers Football season was great to be part of, fans should not be mad or disappointed. Brought to you by Zimbrick Chevy.

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20hDan Murphy

Ranking the Big Ten bowl matchups

The Big Ten bowl season is fileld with compelling matchups. So how does our top-10 ranking of Big Ten bowls look?

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Will Wisky end WMU's undefeated season?

Western Michigan is undefeated, but Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl is a step up in class. ESPN's Adam Rittenberg likes the Badgers to end the Broncos' undefeated season. Bowl Predictions

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Latest recruiting news for New Year's Six bowl teams

The final College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the New Year's Six bowl matchups are set. Here's all the recruiting news for the teams in the New Year's Six bowl games.

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Can Western Michigan make it close against Wisconsin? (2:00)
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Badgers favored in Cotton Bowl Classic

No. 8 Wisconsin meets No. 15 Western Michigan on Jan. 2 at 1 p.m. ET. ESPN's FPI doesn't like the Broncos' chances, but they are 2-0 against Big Ten foes. Full bowl schedule

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New Year's 6: CFP also-ran Penn State gets USC

The other New Year's Six matchups: Michigan-Florida State in the Orange Bowl, USC-Penn State in the Rose Bowl, Auburn-Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Western Michigan-Wisconsin in the Cotton Bowl.

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Who plays in Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl? (2:25)

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin officials last night were a little worried about how excited their fan base would be to travel to Dallas to see their team play Western Michigan, coming off a tough loss in the Big Ten title game. Turnout will be interesting, but Paul Chryst has had his team ready every single week in a meat grinder schedule.

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin has earned a spot in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against undefeated Western Michigan. The teams will meet at 1 pm ET on January 2. The game marks Wisconsin's first Cotton Bowl appearance in program history. Wisconsin will play its seventh opponent against a team ranked in the top 12 of the Associated Press poll at the time of the matchup. The Badgers lost out on a Rose Bowl opportunity with a loss to Penn State in the Big Ten championship game, but this should be a great game.

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Reviewing every inch that shaped the CFP

In Week 1, LSU's playoff chances took a hit with a loss to Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. If Leonard Fournette's vertical leap was two inches higher, it may have played out much differently. McGee: Every inch matters

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst had Penn State at No. 6, behind Michigan (5) and Ohio State (2), on his final Amway Coaches Poll ballot. He had his 10-3 Badgers squad at No. 8. His top four? Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Washington.

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Final New Year's Six bowl projections

Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy agree on the matchups for the Cotton, Rose and Sugar Bowls, but they disagree on the Orange Bowl matchup. Bowl projections

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All but four eliminated on the eve of CFP selection

Some teams (Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Colorado) were eliminated because of losses. Others (Penn State, Oklahoma) are out despite wins. No matter how you slice it, only four teams remain.

Team Stats

Passing Yards179.2106th
Rushing Yards204.542nd
Points For28.769th
Points Against15.54th