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Wisconsin athletics: rankings roundup 10/21

Women’s hockey stays on top, men’s hockey moves on up and the volleyball team stays steady.

Tom Lynn

Monday is a big rankings release day around the NCAA and instead of having three separate posts that you probably won’t click on, we are putting them all into one handy post that you will click on because we care about your time wasting at work. Gotta be efficient when wasting time.

Women’s hockey

Another week, another poll released with the Badgers at No. 1. A dominant weekend series on Long Island, in which the Badgers scored no fewer than 1,000 goals, kept UW on top of the Poll this week.

I don’t know how, but the Badgers lost another first place vote this week to the Minnesota Golden Gophers and I am about to demand a full FBI probe into why this is. Wisconsin scored 22 goals on the weekend and pitched a shutout in their second game and somehow voters don’t think they’re good enough to be No. 1.

Men’s hockey

Coming off of a sweep of the former No. 3 team, and defending national champion, in the country, the men’s hockey team jumped all the way up to No. 6 in the USCHO poll.

The Badgers jumped an amazing 11 spots in the rankings which, you may have guessed, is a record for the team.

Fellow B1G teams Notre Dame (No. 5), Penn State (No. 12), Ohio State (No. 15) and Minnesota (No. 20) are in the rankings as well. In more important rankings news, Bucci has the Badgers all the way up at No. 3! CAWLIDGE HAWKEY!


The volleyball team is undefeated (8-0) in B1G play and held onto their No. 6 spot in the rankings. They now have a week where they won’t play a ranked team, although Michigan is amongst the teams receiving votes, to hopefully push their record to 10-0 in conference.

The RPI has the Badgers near the top at No. 3, which is a big deal because the top-four seeds in these rankings have home court advantage all the way until the Final Four. Nebraska and Washington are right behind the Badgers, though, so they’ll have to keep up the high level of play to maintain their ranking.