Football Broncos head to MAC championship

Photo of the 2016 WMU football team.

The No. 13 (AP) ranked Western Michigan University football Broncos will face the Ohio University Bobcats in the 2016 Marathon MAC Championship game at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Ford Field in Detroit. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

The Broncos, now 12-0 and 8-0 in the MAC, are ranked No. 13 in the AP Top 25, No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 17 in the CFP poll going into the championship game. They are one of just two undefeated teams left in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The other is No. 1-ranked Alabama, also 12-0. WMU is vying for its first MAC championship since 1988.

Ohio is 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the MAC.

Tickets for the Marathon MAC Championship are available for purchase through the Ford Field ticket office at As of early Thursday, sales had exceeded 46,000—triple the attendance of last year’s game.


The 2016 season has been historic for the WMU football program. The Broncos defeated Toledo 55-35 Friday, Nov. 25, at Waldo Stadium to become the MAC West Division champions for the first time since 2000. During that game, senior wide receiver Corey Davis broke the Football Bowl Subdivision all-time career receiving record with 5,068 yards. He also became the first player in history with more than 5,000 yards, 300 receptions and 50 touchdowns. He holds the MAC record with 317 career receptions, and had the highest number of touchdown catches in the FBS this season with 17.

This fall brought about a number of other firsts for WMU, Kalamazoo and Bronco football.

  • Following an Oct. 1 win over arch-rival Central Michigan University, WMU was ranked in the USA Today Amway Coaches Poll for the first time in program history. Days later, WMU made its debut in the AP Top 25. The University would also go on to make its first appearance in the College Football Playoff rankings.
  • After a Nov. 1 win over Ball State, the Broncos improved to 9-0 and 5-0 in the MAC, surpassing the best start in program history.
  • A Nov. 8 win over Kent State marked the first 10-win season in the program’s 108-year history.
  • ESPN College GameDay made a first-time stop in Kalamazoo Nov. 19 to do a pregame broadcast from the campus of WMU—just the second MAC school ever to be featured on College GameDay.

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