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Wisconsin athletics: rankings roundup 10/28

Finally the women’s hockey team is back to being a unanimous No. 1!

David Stluka

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

In a return to normalcy, the Badgers are now the unanimous No. 1 team in the country again after losing a few first place votes to Minnesota over the past couple of weeks.

Wisconsin is out to a 10-0-0 start to the season and are coming off a pair of 4-1 wins over Bemidji State over the weekend.

Minnesota (9-1-0) is still right behind the Badgers at No. 2, setting up a massive weekend series in Minneapolis on Saturday and Sunday. Bucky’s 5th Quarter will be in attendance for the first game of the series on Saturday.

Minnesota Duluth (5-3-0) is No. 10 in the country to round out all of the WCHA schools in the rankings.

Men’s hockey

The Badgers (4-2-0) split their home series with No. 13 Clarkson (3-2-1) and dropped one spot to No. 7 in the USCHO Poll this week.

There are a couple of other B1G teams in the rankings with undefeated Notre Dame at No. 5, this weekend’s opponent Penn State at No. 12 and Ohio State at No. 13.

The Badgers ended the weekend on a thrilling note, scoring the game-winning goal with six seconds left on Saturday night.


The volleyball team continues to climb up the AVCA Coaches Poll rankings, this week moving into the top-four. Wisconsin swept Michigan State and beat Michigan in four sets over the weekend to remain atop the conference and undefeated in B1G play.

There was a pretty sizable shakeup near the top of the rankings with Baylor, Stanford and Nebraska all losing last week. Texas is your new No. 1 and the Badgers (who received one first place vote) are up two spots and are the highest ranked team in the B1G. The rest of the conference is still well-represented though. Minnesota is ranked No. 6, Penn State is No. 7, Nebraska is No. 8, Purdue is No. 16 and Illinois rounds it out at No. 19.

Rock will have a preview of this week’s action on Tuesday morning as well as a recap of Wisconsin’s stampede through the state of Michigan last weekend.

Women’s soccer

The B1G champion women’s soccer team is No. 8 in the RPI rankings this week. The Badgers still have one game remaining in the regular season, that was rescheduled due to a lightning delay, and then move onto the conference tournament.