Western Michigan football coach P.J. Fleck said Monday he’s concerned with what his team can control, not where the Broncos are ranked in the national polls, including the one by the College Football Playoff committee.
The No.14-ranked Broncos and top-ranked Alabama are the only remaining unbeaten FBS schools – both 12-0. The Broncos will play Ohio (8-4) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Ford Field in the Mid-American Conference championship game. A win can send the Broncos to the Cotton Bowl for a New Year’s Six bowl berth.
“I can’t control where we are in the polls,” Fleck said during an afternoon Mid-American Conference teleconference. “Our team’s not focused on that, to be honest with you. You’d like to be able to sit there and say that you are one of the best, if not the best Group of Five team out there. But that’s not for us to judge. For us to be able to go out there and become 1-0 in the Ohio season is our only focus. There’s no other focus to us.
“We’re not here to state a case. We’re just going to play football. We’re going to let our play talk for itself. Hopefully come out with a victory.”
Fleck said that’s why there’s a CFP committee.
“The committee is full of a lot of different people,” Fleck said. “Coaches who understand how hard it is to go undefeated. How hard it is to win a conference championship, and a lot of other people that know too. Wherever they put us is where they put us.
“Me debating whether we should or not is not going to change anybody’s perspective. We understand what we have to do and that’s the only thing we can control.”
Quarterback Zach Terrell said the attention the Broncos have received already this season has been “phenomenal.”
“There was a point in my career where we weren’t getting any attention cause frankly we were terrible,” Terrell said. “In terms of respect, only people’s respect that I really need are the guys that are within these walls.”
Terrell said that starts with Fleck, the coaching staff and his teammates: “We can only control what we can control and everyone else’s opinions are their own.”