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January 2017

WISCONSIN READIES FOR WESTERN MICHIGAN

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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.

BRONCOS READY TO ROLL

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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.

December 2016

BRONCOS DOWNSHIFT FOR PRACTICE

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

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.

WISCONSIN PUTS FINAL TOUCHES ON PREP FOR CLASSIC

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

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.

BRONCOS 'FRESH, FAST'; WALK-ON RECOGNIZED

Friday, December 30th, 2016

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 BACK ON THE PRACTICE FIELD THURSDAY MORNING

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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.

BRONCOS ACE LATEST GAME-PREP TEST

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

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.

Western Michigan Practice Notes From AT&T Stadium

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

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.

WISCONSIN CONDUCTS SECOND WORKOUT AT AT&T STADIUM

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Wisconsin was back on the practice field Wednesday morning for a nearly two-hour workout at AT&T Stadium.

The No. 8 Badgers (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) conducted a spirited practice session in helmets and pads that touched on all three phases of the team’s game plan to face the No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) in the 81st edition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

“It was a heavier work day. The kids approached it the right way. We got some work done so it was good,” said head coach Paul Chryst.

WISCONSIN TAKES TO TURF FOR FIRST NORTH TEXAS PRACTICE

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Wisconsin got back to work after a short holiday break Tuesday morning with its first practice at AT&T Stadium in preparation for the No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos and the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.


“I thought the kids came out worked hard,” said head coach Paul Chryst. “It wasn’t a long practice but I thought it was good. I liked what they did.”
The No. 8 Badgers (10-3, 7-2 Big Ten) got their first work in earnest in four days in helmets and shells, beginning the final phase of their game plan to take on an undefeated Western Michigan team.

BRONCOS TURN IN FIRST PRACTICE

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Different location, similar results for Western Michigan and its effective practice habits.


The Broncos conducted their first on-site practice at AT&T Stadium on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic and it went a lot like the ones they’ve held back home in Kalamazoo, Mich. Coach P.J. Fleck described the 90-minute, high-energy session as “elite.”


Consistently generating high-level practices has helped propel the Broncos (13-0, 9-0 Mid-American) to No.

December 2015

Tide Ready for Matchup

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The preparation is now complete.

All that is left is for the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide and for the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans are to meet in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to see which team will move on the play for a national championship.

The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) went through a brief walk-through at AT&T Stadium this afternoon in anticipation for its New Year’s Eve showdown with the Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten).

Spartans Wrap Up

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Michigan State completed its final on-field preparation for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic by conducting a walk-through at AT&T Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The No. 3 Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) spent more than an hour doing light work for their New Year’s Eve game against No. 2 Alabama (12-1, 8-1 SEC) before heading back to the team hotel for final meetings. The winner advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan.

Spartans Work Early, Late

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Michigan State turned in its final practice for the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Tuesday, capping a full day.

The team started the day with pre-dawn wakeup calls so they could bus from the team hotel to AT&T Stadium for an hour-long media session. After more preparation back at the hotel, they returned to the stadium in the afternoon and worked vigorously for two hours.

“Long day,” Head Coach Mark Dantonio said.

Alabama Finishing Preparations

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

After the fun associated with an hour-long media day session, the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide quickly got back to the business at hand and squarely put its focus on the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans.

The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) put the final touches on its College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic preparation with a two-hour workout in shells and shorts in the team’s third practice, in what would normally be a “Thursday” practice, at AT&T Stadium.

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