W. Michigan’s Fleck: We deserve Cotton Bowl bid

DETROIT — Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck has no plans to watch as the rest of college football’s final weekend before bowl season plays out during the next two days. In his mind, he already knows where his team is headed.

“It’s a historic day in Western Michigan history, and we deserve to be in the gosh darn Cotton Bowl, period,” Fleck said Friday night. “Write it down.”

The 17th-ranked Broncos beat Ohio 29-23 at Ford Field to wrap up the program’s first conference championship since 1988 with an unblemished 13-0 record (8-0 in Mid-American Conference).

Western Michigan is in position to fill the Group of 5’s one designated spot in a New Year’s Six bowl at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. However, Navy is ranked only two spots behind and could potentially leapfrog Western Michigan by beating Temple in the American Athletic Conference title game Saturday…