Fleck: Broncos want to be on ‘national map’

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Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck at WMU Media Day in Kalamazoo on Aug. 7, 2016.


KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Western Michigan Broncos are the favorites to win the Mid-American Conference this year, but with two of their first three opponents from the Big Ten, their sights are set not only on playing the big boys but also sticking with them.

“We’re always going to play Big Ten teams. We are always going to play teams that are in the top 10, top 15, top 20,” Broncos head coach P.J. Fleck said at Sunday’s media day. “I want to be able to do that. We want to continue to get ourselves on a national scale, a national map. And eventually, like I said, you beat some of those teams and that’s significant.”

“We put a lot more pressure on ourselves than anyone else could, so we are going to prepare accordingly and attack every week,” wide receiver Corey Davis added. “And it starts with training camp — the first practice tomorrow — so we’re all excited.

Waldo Stadium at Western Michigan University.
Waldo Stadium at Western Michigan University.

Western Michigan opens the season versus Northwestern in Illinois on Sept. 3. They play North Carolina Central at home in Kalamazoo the following week, and then Illinois on the road in week three.

The Broncos are returning 13 starters and 48 lettermen from the team that went 6-and-2 in the MAC last season and won the first bowl game in school history.

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