Good morning! This is going to be a daily(ish) post that discusses the goings on of the rest of the Big Ten Conference, and the country as needed. Much like the European Union, the Big Ten is a loosely confederated group of entities that sometimes have the same goals (like free movement of people between countries or not winning national titles in football or basketball) and sometimes accept new members that they later regret (Estonia or Rutgers).
We hope that you will use this post to comment on things happening around the conference and also as a sort of daily open thread to discuss breaking news or argue about Spotted Cow.
- I was all excited to share this tweet to champion the player development the Badgers do on the offensive line and then...well...you know.
Wisconsin’s starting offensive line is a unique and athletic bunch:— Mark Branstad (@TRCKFTBLGUY) October 18, 2019
2 were WALK-ONS with ZERO #FBS OFFERS
2 were 0 star rated (247)
3 threw shot put over 57-feet
3 threw discus over 160-feet
4 were 3-sport HS athletes
All were HS multi-sport athletes
- The Badgers hosted some of the nation’s best cross country teams over the weekend and UW did pretty well.
MONSON DOES IT AGAIN! Alicia defends her title to lead the Badgers to a 4th place finish #OnWisconsin #NuttyInvite #BackToBack ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/svKowsudt7— Wisconsin Track & Field (@BadgerTrackXC) October 18, 2019
OLLI SECURES SILVER! Leading the Badgers to an 8th place finish #BadgerPack #NuttyInvite ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/KiWmJx3Efs— Wisconsin Track & Field (@BadgerTrackXC) October 18, 2019
- Big weekend sweep for the men’s hockey team, which we will have more on later, but there was a lot of NHL talent on the ice for UMD and Wisconsin.
Per the #Badgers, 24 NHL scouts are expected for tonight's game at the Kohl Center against Minnesota Duluth. I don't think they keep records for that sort of thing, but that's a lot.— Todd Milewski (@ToddMilewski) October 18, 2019
- Even Jim Rome was excited!
#OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/fyrDS02XCT— Jim Rome (@jimrome) October 19, 2019
- Bucci is high on the Badgers too.
NEW 2019 BucciMane #CawlidgeHawkey Top 16— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) October 20, 2019
2 Minnesota St
5 Boston College
6 Minnesota Duluth
10 Notre Dame
11 Bowling Green
12 Western Michigan
13 Ohio St
15 North Dakota
16 Northeastern pic.twitter.com/tzvd4NrUlf
- J.J. Watt is a lucky man.
Well... at least @Merci380 turned down my offer this morning to put a game check on it— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 19, 2019
- After tying with Iowa earlier in the weekend, the Badgers kept a clean sheet against Nebraska on Senior Day.
ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴅᴀʏ, ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴡɪɴ ɪɴ ʙɪɢ ᴛᴇɴ ᴘʟᴀʏ— Wisconsin Soccer (@BadgerWSoccer) October 20, 2019
Badgers win against Nebraska marks their 7th home win!#Badgers 2
Cornhuskers 0 pic.twitter.com/gTJEV84V5n
- A fresh set of KenPom rankings are out for 2019-20 and that means that college basketball is right around the corner!
Big Ten in KenPom Preseason Ratings:— Thomas Beindit (@tbeindit) October 20, 2019
-No. 1 - MSU
-No. 7 - PU
-No. 11 - OSU
-No. 16 - Maryland
-No. 21 - Michigan
-No. 34 - IU
-No. 35 - Illinois
-No. 41 - Iowa
-No. 43 - PSU
-No. 45 - Wisconsin
-No. 63 - Rutgers
-No. 81 - Minnesota
-No. 87 - Northwestern
-No. 96 - Nebraska
The B1G should be really fun this year seeing as 10 of the 14 teams are in the top-45 of these rankings. The AP Poll comes out this (Monday) morning and will also give a brief glimpse into how the season may go down.
- Rock will have more for you on Tuesday about the volleyball team, but they currently sit in first place at 8-0 in the B1G and are rolling through the competition.
Another B10 weekend in the books, and finishing it with the brooms— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) October 20, 2019
Highlights vs Northwestern pic.twitter.com/foSfurG8u0
- It’s a good thing the two games against LIU were played in two different arenas because I don’t think the goal lamp would still work after being lit so many times.
#Badgers scored 22 goals this weekend https://t.co/OOs3Vny4TN— BOOcky's 5th Quarter (@B5Q) October 19, 2019
- BTN is really upping its game this year in regards to showing sports that aren’t football or men’s basketball. The wrestling team will be on tv six times this winter, which is pretty great for fans who can’t make it to the matches.
Are you going to us?— Wisconsin Wrestling (@BadgerWrestling) October 18, 2019
You get 6⃣ chances to see on @BigTenNetwork this season! pic.twitter.com/WcJmTs2ghh
- Michigan State might not have any players left on their team by the end of the season. This is becoming a daily update at this point.
MSU TE Noah Davis has entered the transfer portal. Sixth MSU player this season. Third player this week.— Colton Pouncy (@colton_pouncy) October 18, 2019
- The prime time, White Out Game victory over Michigan is already paying off on the recruiting trail for Penn State. QB Sean Clifford’s younger brother Liam, a 2021 3-star WR from Ohio, verbally pledged to the Nittany Lions after visiting State College.
- A 2020 3-star SG from Indiana is going to Iowa to play for Fran McCaffery.
- Northwestern’s passing offense is compared to Army’s in this post and I just...yikes.
- After reading some of the comments in the Badgers blogosphere over the weekend it seems like some would be happy if Paul Chryst skipped the game against Ohio State this week. Here is a look back at the last time a Badgers coach did that before a game against the Buckeyes.
- Michigan forward Brandon Johns Jr. will be out with a sprained ankle for the foreseeable future.
- The No. 25 Maryland men’s soccer team upset No. 6 Indiana over the weekend.
- Getting existential with Indiana football.
- Revisiting all of The Champaign Room’s writers’ picks for the Illinois/Wisconsin game somehow makes the loss all the more inexplicable. No one, and I mean no one, that follows the Illini closely thought they would even be competitive in the game, let alone win.
- Here, in the darkest timeline, we sit with undefeated Minnesota in first place in the B1G West.