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The Reflection

Does Western Michigan have the firepower to compete with a Big Ten conference powerhouse?

Press Box GraphicThe 2016 football season for Western Michigan was one for the record books. The Broncos went 13-0, cruising through their regular season schedule with ease, as well as taking home the Mid Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship. Along with these team accomplishments, star wide receiver Corey Davis was recognized as the FBS all-time passing yards leader, which is an astonishing accomplishment for a Western Michigan athlete. It was a magical season for the team and for the city of Kalamazoo, and the magic continued as the Broncos were gifted with a berth into the Cotton Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers.

At a glance, Wisconsin seems to have the upper hand, the Badgers have wins over teams such as LSU, Michigan State and Nebraska. During these games, Wisconsin’s powerful running attack with junior Corey Clement, who ran for 1,304 yards and 14 touchdowns over the course of the season. Clement could pose problems for a Western Michigan defense, who struggles against the run.

Western Michigan will have to rely on their elite passing game to be successful. Senior wide receiver Corey Davis has provided the Broncos with 1,427 receiving yards and 18 reception touchdowns over the course of the 2016 season. Davis will have to play a vital role in the game if Western wants to be successful. Along with a strong passing game, the Broncos will have to find success in the rushing game. Running back Jarvion Franklin will play an important role in the running game and will have to find his way into the endzone.

The key to victory for the Broncos will be shutting down the Wisconsin offense. Over the course of the season, Western has relied strongly on their explosive offense to win games, but with Wisconsin’s rock solid defense, the Broncos will need to be exceptional on the defensive side of the ball.

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My name is Noah Weiss. I am a senior at Gull Lake high school. This is my third year on the newspaper staff and this year I have the honor of being the senior editor. Along with my passion for writing, I play football and run track for Gull Lake.

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