Navy lost, that means that Western Michigan is going to the Cotton Bowl! Second MAC team. Toledo, who beat two ranked teams, had a good chance to do so last year but choked on Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.
Is this Western as good as last years Toledo, or the Northern teams with Jordan Lynch? That's an interesting question. Fleck is undoubtedly a great coach, and he has been recruiting at the top of the MAC for the past four years (he took them from 1-11 to 13-0 in 4 years and his recruiting classes have been top 35 classes). Zach Terell and Corey Davis are great players, both may receive a few Heisman votes. We'll see. Maybe Western could give the MAC her first win in the big boy bowls, let's hope. Who knows, maybe next year, where Western will be a stronger team (though probably not led by Fleck) and a stronger schedule, they play MSU and USC and a stronger MAC..if they run the schedule they could make the playoffs.
How good is the Big Ten? Penn State and Wisconsin are in the championship game. That's 5 different teams who've made the championship game in the past 3 years. That shows diversity. I'm rooting for Wisconsin. It gives OSU a better chance of getting in, I think Wisconsin has a better chance to win a playoff game in their own right over Penn State, and it gives the Big ten a better chance to get two teams in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Big Ten may not have any team as good as Alabama, who other than maybe Miami and USC is my most hated team of all time. I do think Wisconsin could beat Clemson or Washington though. I'm not sure if Penn State could do that. Great year for Penn State though. Truly one of the big surprises of the year. Top 3 coaches of the year: PJ Fleck, James Franklin, Mike Macintyre