Western Michigan football’s regular season came to a disappointing end at Northern Illinois last Tuesday in a 17-14 loss to the Huskies on the road. The setback kept the Broncos out of this weekend’s Mid-American Conference Championship game as the Chippewas of Central Michigan will represent the MAC West this Saturday at Ford Field against Miami (OH).
While WMU will be missing out on this weekend’s game, they still have postseason play to look forward to. Their 7-5 overall record will be enough to get the Broncos to a bowl game for the second straight season under head coach Tim Lester.
Historically, WMU has not seen a lot of success in bowl games, posting a 1-8 record with their only win coming in the 2015 Bahamas Bowl.
Here are some projections from several media outlets on potential bowl destinations as the Broncos look ahead to bowl preparation.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura have given their weekly bowl projections throughout the season. Each of them have the Broncos landing in different destinations in their latest projections (Updated on 12/1).
Schlabach: SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas) vs. Southern Miss (Dec. 30, 12:30 p.m., ESPN).
Bonagura: Camellia Bowl (Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL) vs. Georgia Southern (Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m., ESPN).
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm, who is known as a “bracketologist” during college basketball season, also does bowl game projections during football season (Updated on 11/30).
Palm: Camellia Bowl vs. Arkansas State
College football reporter Brett McMurphy, a former ESPN employee, makes his predictions for Watch Stadium and has the Broncos landing in a different spot than both ESPN and CBS Sports (Updated on 12/2).
McMurphy: Lending Tree Bowl (Ladd -Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL) vs. Louisiana (Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., ESPN).
Athlon Sports has the Broncos finding a spot in the Lending Tree Bowl as well, also against Louisiana (Updated 12/2).
College Football News
Collegefootballnews.com projects a unique spot for WMU against a Group of Five opponent that has made some noise the past few seasons. (Updated 11/30).
Projection: Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl (Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL) vs. UCF (Dec. 21, 3:30 p.m., ABC).
Where will they land?
The Mid-American Conference have tie-ins with five different bowl games: The Cheribundi Tart Cherry Bowl, Dollar General Bowl, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl and the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The conference also has a tie-in with the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit if the ACC or Big Ten cannot fill a slot.
Buffalo has already accepted an invite to the Bahamas bowl. The MAC then has four more tie-ins to fill with seven bowl eligible teams excluding Buffalo.
This means MAC teams will have to fill in some other bowl games where they do not have tie-ins, which is one reason why the projections may seem all over the place for the Broncos right now.
WMU will learn which bowl they will be selected for this weekend.