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DETROIT -- With a conference championship finally in tow and his teams unbeaten record still intact, P.J. Fleck stopped holding back.Before he was even asked about it, the Western Michigan coach made it clear where he thought his team should be headed next.We deserve to be in the gosh darn Cotton Bowl, he said. Period. Write it down.The 13th-ranked Broncos might indeed end up there, but only after holding on for a dramatic 29-23 victory over Ohio on Friday night in the Mid-American Conference title game. WMU wrapped up its first MAC championship since 1988 when Robert Spillane intercepted a pass with 51 seconds remaining.The Broncos (13-0, No. 17 CFP) led 23-7 at halftime, but Ohio rallied and had the ball in WMU territory in the final minute when Spillane intercepted Greg Windhams pass over the middle. Spillane immediately took a knee at his own 30, then was mobbed by teammates as a Ford Field crowd full of Broncos fans roared.Ohio (8-5) never led and didnt do much on offense until the final quarter, but the Bobcats still came achingly close to their first MAC championship since 1968.Instead, WMU became the first undefeated team to win the MAC title game since Marshall in 1999. The question is whether the Broncos have done enough to make it to the Cotton Bowl. WMU is trying to earn the Group of Five bid to a New Years Six bowl.When asked previously about the playoff committee and its perception of his team, Fleck had been diplomatic, refusing to do too much lobbying. That changed after Fridays win, especially when he was asked about whether hed be paying attention to Navy this weekend.The Midshipmen, two spots behind WMU in the most recent playoff rankings, are another contender for the Cotton Bowl, and they play Temple for the American Athletic Conference title Saturday.I dont think theres anybody to pay attention to, Fleck said, becoming animated. Who are we paying attention to? Why are we paying attention to anyone? We are 13-0. Were the best Group of Five team in the country. We didnt lose a game. Whoever they put on our schedule, we beat. Theres two undefeated teams in the country -- us and Alabama. There is no argument. My TV will be off. We will be recruiting (Saturday). Im not going to watch anybody, period.Im going to wear cotton shirts, Im going to have cotton slippers, Im going to have cotton earmuffs, Im going to have a cotton jacket. Im going to wear everything cotton, from here on out.THE TAKEAWAYOhio: The Bobcats can hold their heads high after giving WMU by far its toughest game against a MAC opponent all season. Ohios defense held firm early, when a couple of fumbles by the Bobcats gave WMU a chance to break it open.They felt they had the talent to be in this game, and so did I, Ohio coach Frank Solich said. They were pretty driven to get some things done.WMU: The Broncos may end up sweating out the bowl announcements Sunday, but WMU can celebrate a truly special season no matter what happens. The Broncos nearly let it slip away in the second half, but their first conference title in nearly three decades was an accomplishment to savor.The crowd of 45,615 -- easily a record for a MAC title game -- was full of WMU fans chanting the teams row the boat mantra .We just kept our oars in the water, quarterback Zach Terrell said. Thats what this teams all about, and people might think its a cliche and that its not real, but thats just how we operate.HIGHLIGHTWestern Michigans Corey Davis, the career FBS leader in yards receiving, had eight catches for 144 yards. That included a 70-yard touchdown in the second quarter in which he caught the ball near midfield with safety Javon Hagan right behind him, opened up some distance between himself and Hagan and then outran a couple more defenders down the sideline.RARE MISTAKESTerrell, who had thrown one interception all season, was picked off twice in the second half, and Ohio held WMU without a touchdown after halftime.Obviously, our defense has been very strong throughout the course of basically the season and so they have that potential and they knew they had to step up, get that done, Solich said. I was a little worried because Western Michigan in the second half just seems to wear people down and then the score just gets away from a team thats playing them.That didnt happen Friday. Ohio repeatedly forced the Broncos to settle for field goals, but Butch Hampton made five of them for WMU. The last one was a 34-yarder that gave the Broncos a 29-23 lead with 1:24 remaining.POLL IMPLICATIONSWMU: The Broncos moved up one spot in the AP poll after last weeks win over Toledo, and they might have a chance to inch up further after winning the MAC. No. 9 Colorado lost Friday night, and No. 11 Oklahoma State plays Saturday.UP NEXTOhio: The Bobcats MAC title drought continues, but Ohio is bowl eligible for the eighth straight season.WMU: If Navy (9-2) loses Saturday, the Broncos figure to be a cinch for the Cotton Bowl. If Navy wins, it could end up being a close call between the Midshipmen and WMU.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25.---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister Dylan Larkin Jersey . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field. Luke Glendening Jersey . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. http://www.cheapredwingsjerseyschina.com/chris-chelios-jersey/ . They were putting most of their energy into a record-setting offensive display. Jimmy Howard Jersey . Reassurance came from Paul Tesori, his caddie and close friend whose newborn son is in intensive care in a Florida hospital. "Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day," Simpson said Sunday after doing just that. Frans Nielsen Jersey . The catch: It needs a lot of money, and it needs it fast. LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Nothing like a matchup against a last-place team to regroup from a loss.So consider this good timing for the Minnesota Vikings.The NFC North leaders will try to get back to winning when they meet the returning Jay Cutler and last-place Chicago Bears on Monday night.Minnesota (5-1) had played well enough to overcome its flaws until a post-bye trip to Philadelphia last week.Sam Bradford was sacked six times against his former team playing behind a struggling offensive line, and the Vikings became the last team in the NFL to lose a game this season, falling 21-10 .Im anxious to see the determination this team has going forward, coach Mike Zimmer said. You never know, every team is different, but I think I have a pretty good feeling with these players, and typically, with this football team.If the Vikings need a lift, Chicago (1-6) could be the team to provide it.After all, the Bears are off to their worst start since they dropped seven of their first eight in 2000.Chicago is one of four teams with one or zero wins and comes into this game averaging a league-low 15.9 points. The Bears at least will have Cutler after he missed five games because of a sprained right thumb.But his future in Chicago appears up in the air after coach John Fox publicly wavered in his commitment to him as the starting quarterback.The Bears had no choice but to go with Cutler after he got medical clearance over the weekend, since Brian Hoyer broke his left arm in Thursdays 26-10 loss at Green Bay . He faces a tough assignment in his first game back going against the leagues No. 1 defense.It will be the lone game for Chicago in a 23-day span, with a bye next week.Obviously you have to have success in your division to be successful and thats our goal, coach John Fox said. At some point well get there, hopefully sooner rather later.Here are some things to look for as the Vikings try to bounce back against the Bears:COVERAGE VS. CUTLER: Cutler is 8-5 with 26 touchdown passes in 13 starts against the Vikings, the most victories he has against any team, but he has also thrown 14 interceptions. Hell face a defense that has been one of the toughest to pass against in the NFL, holding opponents to a league-low 63.7 passer rating. The Vikings are also the best in the NFL against the deep ball, limiting foes to 5-for-22 passing on throws traveling 20-plus yards with four interceptions and a paltry 14.dddddddddddd6 rating.We see one guy get one, we all want to get one, cornerback Trae Waynes said.Strong safety Andrew Sendejo, who has four takeaways, sprained his ankle last week at Philadelphia, putting his availability in question.HOLDING THE LINE: The Vikings have been patching together their offensive line, with both starting tackles on injured reserve. Mike Harris, the starting right guard who has also started at tackle throughout his career, has been unable to play because of an unspecified illness. The group struggled badly with pass protection against the Eagles.The Bears could be short-handed on the offensive line, after left guard Josh Sitton (ankle) sat out last weeks game and right guard Kyle Long left because of a pectoral muscle strain.CATCHING ON: Cutlers return could mean bigger numbers for Alshon Jeffery -- and maybe even a touchdown.Jeffery averaged 100.5 yards receiving with Cutler starting the first two games. In the five with Hoyer, who is less likely to look downfield, he averaged 63.8 yards.As for scoring a touchdown, Jeffery still doesnt have one this season. He finished with four in nine games last season and has never gone this long without a TD.Weve just got to find ways to get him the ball and capitalize on some of these big plays that weve had, and we will, Cutler said. Its a matter of time.RUNNING ROOM: The run blocking wasnt bad at Philadelphia, and the Vikings have been getting by without All-Pro Adrian Peterson with a group, including Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Ronnie Hillman, a member of Denvers Super Bowl-winning team last season, saw his first action against the Eagles. McKinnon scored his first career touchdown last December in Minnesotas victory at home over Chicago.PROMISING PERFORMANCE: While its been hard to find positives for the Bears, rookie outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was a bright spot last week. The No. 9 overall draft pick had two sacks, including a fumble recovery in the end zone.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Discount NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '



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