ARLINGTON, Texas – 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) conducted their session in helmets and pads that touched on all three phases of the team’s game plan to face No. 12 Western Michigan (13-0) in the 81st edition of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
“It was a heavier work day," head coach Paul Chryst said. "The kids approached it the right way. We got some work done so it was good.”
Wisconsin’s approach to spoil the Broncos’ perfect season, Chryst mentioned, may come down to scrappiness of his squad. The Badgers put themselves in position for a New Year’s Six bowl by closing the regular season with six-straight wins to earn a spot in the Big Ten Football Championship Game after rebounding from back-to-back losses in October at then-No.4 Michigan and against No.2 Ohio State in overtime.
“That’s one of the qualities I’ve appreciated about this team,” Chryst said. “They have done a great job of just being in the moment, in whatever way that may be. They make the most of it and, every day, they come to work to get better. We’ve had a lot of challenges along the way and they have embraced those challenges.”
Following practice, UW is set to enjoy a quiet afternoon at its headquarters hotel and a private team event later in the evening.
The Badgers have a busy day on tap on Thursday with another morning practice followed by a visit to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas prior to the team’s defensive news conference featuring defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, OLB Vince Biegel, ILB T.J. Edwards, S Leo Musso, CB Sojourn Shelton and OLB T.J. Watt.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic celebrates its 81st anniversary on Monday, January 2. Airtime on ESPN is set for noon CST, with kickoff slated for 12:01 p.m.
story courtesy of the Cotton Bowl