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Western Michigan coach P. Seth Joyner Jersey .J. Fleck wont be watching when the College Football Playoff poll is released Tuesday night.Hell be too busy dealing with other, more pressing matters.See, Fleck understands the 17th-ranked Broncos didnt position themselves for an unbeaten season, a Mid-American Conference championship and perhaps a playoff spot by worrying about things beyond their control. Hes turned Western Michigan into a national power by earning respect for the program on the field and keeping it by winning game after game.We are everybodys big game, we are everybodys elite opportunity and we know that, Fleck said. We used to play against teams like that when we werent very good. We were there. We know where weve been. So now weve embraced this completely opposite role.While the Broncos (8-0, 4-0) relish this new role, they attack it with the same vigor they needed to reach this point -- even if Tuesday nights game at last-place Ball State (4-4, 1-3) looks like a gimme to everyone else.For Western Michigan , its chance to show the college football world why they are one of five remaining unbeaten teams in the country and why they deserve to be in the CFP discussion. The first batch of rankings will be released shortly after the Broncos game begins.Play poorly on national television, in a game most believe should be a rout, and the performance could taint Western Michigans national perception for the rest of the season.But its also a potentially dangerous predicament for the Broncos.Ball State can take more risks than usual, will likely play in front of a big, raucous crowd and has something to prove, too.If you want to be the best, youve got to beat the best, and they are the best in our conference, first-year Ball State coach Mike Neu said. Its great to have that challenge here at Scheumann Stadium. We look forward to that.If Western Michigan keeps it up, the possibilities could be limitless -- if they keep climbing the CFP charts.For now, Fleck and the Broncos will let everyone else debate where they belong. Theyll be content to add a few more chapters to their 10-game winning streak -- the schools longest since 1940-41.Like we say, start fast, accelerate in the middle and finish strong, running back Jarvion Franklin said. So I think we started fast, and I guess we accelerated in the middle and now we have to finish strong.Here are some other things to watch Tuesday night:NO. 1 vs. NO. 2: Franklin and Ball State running back James Gilbert are the top two runners in the MAC and both could top the 1,000-yard mark on Tuesday. Gilbert, who first committed to Western Michigan before switching to Ball State, leads the MAC with 987 yards and 11 touchdowns and has four straight 100-yard games. Franklin has 909 yards and seven TDs and averages 113.6 yards per game.TIDY ON TURNOVERS: One reason Western Michigan is undefeated -- theyve had only three turnovers all season, the fewest in the FBS. Another reason: Their turnover margin of plus-1.5 per game, was second in the nation heading into the weekend behind only No. 4 Washington (plus-2.0).RUN, RILEY, RUN: Ball State quarterback Riley Neal scored on two TD runs at Buffalo in the Cardinals last victory. He has run for six scores this season, and Ball State is 3-1 when Neal scores on a TD run.KEEPING UP WITH DAVIS: Broncos receiver Corey Davis is the FBS active leader in yards receiving (4,524). But Davis has much bigger visions. The MACs career receiving leader needs 482 yards to break the FBS career yardage record (Trevor Insley, Nevada, 5,005 yards). He also leads the nation with 11 TD receptions, giving him a school-record 44 in his career and three away from tying the conferences career mark.---The APs college football page: http://collegefootball.ap.org/ Clayton Thorson Jersey . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. Reggie White Youth Jersey . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. http://www.theeaglesfootballauthentic.com/eagles-desean-jackson-black-jersey/ . 10 Texas Rangers jersey for one last time. Young formally announced his retirement Friday after returning to Rangers Ballpark, his baseball home for all but the last of his 13 major league seasons. WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Air Force quarterback Arion Worthman found out on Friday that he would be making his first career start. That it would come against service academy rival Army on the road in a critical game apparently was no big deal.The sophomore quarterback passed for 195 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 63 yards and another score, and Air Force beat Army 31-12 on Saturday to win the Commander-in-Chiefs Trophy at Michie Stadium.It just shows the grit of our team, said tailback Jacobi Owens, who rushed for 106 yards and caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Worthman. Its good to have the trophy back. Well just put it in the middle of the locker room so everybody can see it.The second leg of the round-robin competition between the three service academies ended with the Falcons claiming the prized hardware, emblematic of supremacy among the three schools, for the 20th time. Air Force (6-3), which dispatched Navy 28-14 a month ago, has won all but two of the last 20 games against Army and is 14-10 at Michie Stadium.There are much, much prettier football teams, but we do a super job when it comes to playing together in a group thats just unrelenting in terms of preparation, said Air Force coach Troy Calhoun, who is 9-1 against Army. Were just a gritty, feisty, overachieving (team). Its unlike anything Ive ever been around.Army (5-4) needs to win two more games to become eligible for the postseason for only the second time in 20 years.Its tough, but our guys will bounce back, Army coach Jeff Monken said. Well put it behind us and try to get ready for the next one.Worthman played in place of injured starter Nate Romine. In Air Forces comeback win over Fresno State last week, Worthman relieved Romine in the second half and displayed an instant burst of speed running the triple option with keepers around the edge and used his 5-foot-11, 200-pound frame to muscle through the middle on inside runs.On Saturday, Worthman displayed his multiple talents again, giving Army fits all afternoon, scrambling out of trouble when he had to and hittting the Black Knights time after time with key plays. Seth Joyner Womens Jersey. After an even-fought first half, he gave the Falcons some breathing room on the first possession of the third quarter, scrambling right on a pass play when protection broke down and hitting a wide-open Owens for the game-winning TD.I prepared all week for my opportunity, and I think that helped us mentally, Worthman said. We had a great game plan going in. The first two drive we were able to move the ball. We just didnt put any points on the board. Once the game got flowing and I got my feet wet a little bit, I think we were able to execute a little bit better and finish drives.In their win over Navy, the Falcons held the Middies to 57 yards on the ground, 259 yards below their average and limited Army to 144 yards on 40 rushes. Army entered the game ranked second in the nation in rushing with a 342-yard average and managed just 65 on 19 carries in the opening half, and Kell Walker accounted for half that total on a 32-yard scoring run.Not much to say after that one, Monken said. Were awfully disappointed. Words cant even describe the disappointment.THE TAKEAWAYAir Force: The Falcons clinched their third straight postseason bowl and may have found their quarterback of the future in Worthman, just a sophomore. Romine relieved him late in the game.Army: Army has no tie-in this year to a bowl and probably needs to win its next two games, against Notre Dame and Morgan State, prior to the finale against Navy on Dec. 10 to have a chance to play in the postseason.NUMBERSJalen Robinette had three catches for 104 yards to become Air Forces all-time leading receiver with 2,410 yards, 18 more than Ernie Jennings (1968-70).UP NEXTAir Force: Hosts Colorado State next Saturday.Army: Travels to San Antonio for a neutral site game against Notre Dame in The Alamodome.---More AP college football at www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25. ' ' ' 

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