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Western Michigan football joins AP rankings for first time

Oct 10, 2016

The first season after P.J. Fleck was hired to be the head football coach at Western Michigan University in 2012, the Broncos finished with a 1-11 record.

But four years into his tenure, Fleck has successfully turned the ship around.

The Broncos are a perfect 6-0  in the 2016 season so far, and are listed 24th in the latest Associated Press college football rankings. It’s the first time in the program's history that the Broncos are ranked among the nation’s best teams.

With a 45-30 win over Northern Illinois last week, Western became bowl eligible. But Fleck aspires for even more.

“We’re very proud of (becoming bowl eligible), but that’s not why we’re here,” Fleck said. “That was great a few years ago, not anymore.”

The Broncos have averaged 44.83 points per game this season, and currently sit atop the West Division of the Mid-American Conference.

Senior wide receiver Corey Davis turned some heads on Saturday with a one-handed touchdown catch against Northern Illinois. The catch was the top play on ESPN Sports Center's Top 10 Plays.   

Western Michigan travels to play Akron at 3:30pm on October 15th.