WMU gets the turnover when QB forgets to throw the ball

Western Michigan looks to complete its season undefeated and claim its first MAC title in nearly 30 years. Tune in to watch Western Michigan-Ohio live on ESPN2 and streaming on the App/WatchESPN.

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White's reception sets up Bobcats TD

Greg Windham connects with Papi White for a 67-yard pass before finding Jordan Reid for an 8-yard TD on third-and-goal to pull Ohio within 9-7 of No. 17 Western Michigan in the second quarter.


David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

"Start Fast, Finish Strong" is the message on the Colorado locker room door at the Pac-12 title game.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan is rooting for Colorado to upset Washington tonight. Is the ghost of Jim Harbaugh present at Levi's Stadium, his former home for one year before taking over for the Wolverines?

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington QB Jake Browning warms up before PAC-12 title game. A big performance could get him an invitation to Heisman ceremony.


Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer 

The CFP selection committee is here at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, where it met for dinner around 5:30 pm CT and will watch the PAC-12 and MAC conference title games together. This is the only time all season they watch games together, and they will meet again at 8 am CT on Saturday for breakfast and will then discuss the Friday night games even more. They will watch all of the games together on Saturday, and will then stay up as late as they need to and meet again Sunday morning to determine their final ranking of the season. This is it!

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Initial warmups underway at the Pac-12 title game. It's clear, but will drop down to 50 degrees at Levi's Stadium tonight.

No. 17 Broncos take it away early

Western Michigan's Andre Turner recovers a fumble after Ohio QB Quinton Maxwell had the ball slip out of hands during the Bobcats' opening drive of the MAC title game. However, the Broncos lost six yards on the ensuing possession and punted.


David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington fans pose for a picture outside of Levi's Stadium ahead of the Pac-12 title game.

Ted Miller ESPN Staff Writer 

Weather will not be a factor in the PAC-12 championship game between No. 4 Washington and No. 8 Colorado. A berth in the College Football Playoff could be in the line for programs that haven't been nationally relevant in 15 years.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Western Michigan has gained 400 yards of offense in each of its last 21 games, the second-longest active streak of its kind in the FBS behind Toledo. According to ESPN's metrics, Western Michigan has the second-best offensive efficiency (behind Navy) among Group of 5 teams and the sixth-best among FBS teams.

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Ohio allows its opponents 3.0 yards per rush, fourth-best in the FBS. That would be the lowest yards per rush allowed by a Bobcats defense since 1996. Western Michigan averages 5.06 yards per rush, 23rd in the FBS.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State coach James Franklin: "The only thing that exists for us is Wisconsin and the Big Ten title game." He said the Nittany Lions will be appreciative of wherever the playoff selection committee places them Sunday.

Brian Bennett ESPN Staff Writer 

Paul Chryst and James Franklin pose with the Big Ten trophy.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Hearing Nevada wants to have its coach in place by next Friday. Two top candidates, according to sources, are Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin and Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig. Others are still in the running.