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Wisconsin athletics: rankings roundup 10/7

Both hockey teams maintained their rankings while the volleyball team moved up after a dominant week.

2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship Photo by Sean D. Elliot/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

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

The Badgers hoisted their most recent national championship banner to the rafters this past Friday and then proceeded to curb stomp Penn State for two straight evenings. They are, yet again, the unanimous No. 1 team in the country and probably will be until someone beats them.

Fellow undefeated team, and WCHA conference mate, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are ranked No. 2, while undefeated Ohio State (No. 8) and one-loss Minnesota Duluth (No. 9) each moved up one spot.

I don’t know how Duluth moved up a spot after losing, but I’m also not a voter in any of these polls!

Men’s hockey

While the men’s hockey season did, technically, start over the weekend, almost none of the teams in the top-20 were out on the ice. The Badgers (0-0-0) remained at No. 16, but again, they haven’t played any games yet.

There was a wild shakeup in the top-10 though as new No. 8 Notre Dame (0-0-0) moved up ahead of former No. 8 Quinnipiac (0-0-0) because, well, everyone picked names out of a hat this week?

Besides the Fighting Irish at No. 8, the B1G also had No. 12 Ohio State and No. 13 Penn State in this week’s rankings. Wisconsin opens up their season against No. 10 Boston College (0-0-0) on Friday.


The volleyball team had one of the best week’s, if not the best week, of any team in the country this season. They beat two top-five teams, Penn State at home and Nebraska on the road, and did it while only losing one set! They were rewarded accordingly by moving all the way up to No. 7, a six spot jump, in this week’s AVCA Coaches poll.

The Huskers fell to No. 5, the Gophers jumped up one spot to No. 6, Penn State moved up to No. 8, creating a nice little cluster of four straight B1G teams in the top-10. Illinois is at No. 17 and Purdue remained at No. 20 to round out the rest of the conference.