Scouting the running game: The Broncos have a solid rushing attack that sometimes gets overlooked due to their prolific passing numbers. Jarvion Franklin is a tough runner capable of breaking a long one, leading the Broncos with 1,300 yards. Franklin is the key factor in helping the Broncos avoid becoming one-dimensional, as the Badgers have a history over their last two seasons of stopping big-play backs.
Scouting the passing game: Zach Terrell has seen the lows and highs of college football. The redshirt senior quarterback faces one of his toughest tests in his career, but he played adequate in a loss to Michigan State last season, so he won't be intimidated. Terrell has a 70.8 completion passing rate. Corey Davis is an unheralded receiver who might be the next sleeper to be a standout, ala Central Michigan alum and Pittsburgh Steelers' star Antonio Brown, to come out of the MAC.
Scouting the run defense: Western Michigan's defense has been one of the key factors behind the program's undefeated run. The Broncos have a solid defense comprised of overlooked players and recent three-star signees. The Broncos' linebacker unit of Robert Spillane, Asantay Brown and Caleb Bailey have the task of not letting Wisconsin running back Corey Clement get into the second tier of the defense for big gains.
Scouting the pass defense: Wisconsin won't dazzle WMU's defense with a big-play passing game. Wisconsin utilizes a two-quarterback system, with freshman Alex Hornibrook and senior Bart Houston. Broncos defensive end Keion Adams, who has 7.5 sacks, has to get into the backfield to not allow Wisconsin's quarterbacks to pick apart WMU's secondary.
Scouting the special teams: Punt/kick returner Darius Phillips is capable of being an X-factor. He averages 12.3 yards per punt return and 22.7 yards on kickoff returns. How does Butch Hampton respond to kicking field goals on the big stage?
Intangibles: Western Michigan will definitely have a chip on its shoulders. But there are many subplots in the MAC vs. Big Ten clash. Will Wisconsin come in motivated after losing the Big Ten title game to Penn State? Will Western Michigan be able to stop Wisconsin running back Corey Clement? Can Wisconsin's O-line manhandle WMU's defensive line? How will Fleck's players react to being underdogs?
S Justin Ferguson will miss the bowl game due to an ankle injury.