Michigan to face Florida State in Orange Bowl; Western Michigan to play Wisconsin in Cotton Bowl

Posted at 2:34 PM, Dec 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 09:46:45-05

The Michigan Wolverines and Western Michigan Broncos are both playing in New Year's Six bowl games this year.

Michigan will face off against the Florida State Seminoles in the Capital One Orange Bowl on Dec. 30. That game will happen at Hard Rock Stadium at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

Western Michigan, who finished an undefeated 13-0, will take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Cotton Bowl on Monday, Jan. 2. That will air at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

The Broncos were the highest-ranked Group of 5 team, which gave them the opportunity at a New Year's Six bowl.

After the game MAC Championship at Ford Field on Friday, Fleck made sure to let people know he had cotton on his mind.

"I'm gonna wear cotton shirts, I'm gonna have cotton slippers, I'm gonna have cotton earmuffs, I'm gonna have a cotton jacket. I'm gonna wear everything cotton from here on out," he said.

Michigan (10-2) missed out on the chance to play in the College Football Playoff after coming in at No. 6, behind Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Washington and Penn State.

It is the first time Michigan has made a New Year's Six bowl game since beating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl in 2011. The Cotton Bowl is the biggest bowl game the Broncos have ever played in. It's also the third straight bowl game under head coach PJ Fleck.

Other bowl games include Southern California versus Penn State in the Rose Bowl and Auburn versus Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.