Cotton Bowl

No.8 Wisconsin goes through its final practice in preparation for Monday's Cotton Bowl

No.8 Wisconsin puts the final touches on its game preparation for the its New Years' Six match-up against No.12 Western Michigan.

ARLINGTON, Texas – After a day away from the practice field, No.8 Wisconsin got back to business for its match-up with the No. 12 Western Michigan in the 81st Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Badgers (10-3) went through their final full workout at AT&T Stadium with a 90-minute practice, 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.

“I liked the way they came out,” Chryst said. “They came with good energy and good focus.”

Focus will be key for UW to come out victorious on Monday and earn its 81st win since the start of the 2009 season. The Badgers are just one of seven power five programs to average 10 wins over the last eight seasons. Chryst said a big part of having success is mental preparation, as well as physical preparation, especially when it will be 30 days between games.

“There’s no doubt that we haven’t played in a while,” Chryst said. “There’s going to be some of that transition that’s only going to happen on the field. But I think you can mentally put yourself in that frame of mind and a chance to use some of that free time to look at a little more film. I think it’s just mentally changing gears from enjoying the bowl experience to getting ready to play a game.”

Following practice, Wisconsin participated in its media day session then returned to its headquarters hotel where the team will ring in the New Year.

Tomorrow, the Badgers are scheduled to conduct a short, afternoon walk-through at AT&T Stadium.

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.

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