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.
The Badgers (10-1-1 overall) had off this past weekend due to the joint national team’s camp in Pittsburgh, Pa. with the US and Canadian national teams playing in a series of games. They remained at No. 2 behind unanimous No. 1 Minnesota.
Fellow WCHA conference mate Minnesota Duluth dropped one spot to No. 10.
The Badgers (5-5-0 overall) went on the road against then No. 20 Nebraska Omaha and earned a series split with the Mavericks. The split hurt the Badgers, as they fell to No. 15, but helped the Mavs, who jumped up one spot to No. 19. Makes...sense?
With 25 first-place votes this week, @MavHockey is the new No. 1 team in the https://t.co/2QgdyNoa0Z Division I Men's Poll.— USCHO.com (@USCHO) November 11, 2019
Second-ranked @DU_Hockey (15), No. 3 @CUBigRedHockey (5), No. 4 @NDHockey (4) and No. 5 @UMassHockey (1) get the other first-place votes this week. pic.twitter.com/E4aYY54TBA
The Badgers have a big B1G series coming up this weekend against No. 4 Notre Dame at the Kohl Center. This also means that the Badgers have only played one game against an unranked opponent this season, their second game of the season against Merrimack.
Penn State is No. 8 and Ohio State is No. 11 to round out the rest of the B1G teams in the rankings. Minnesota State is the new No. 1 team in the country.
The Badgers were shocked at Ohio State over the weekend, but bounced back to sweep Maryland on Sunday. The 1-1 weekend did drop them to No. 7 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, however.
There is a real cluster of B1G teams still in the top-10 with Minnesota at No. 5, Nebraska at No. 6, the Badgers and then Penn State at No. 8. Purdue sits at No. 16 and Illinois is barely hanging in the rankings at No. 25. Newcomer Michigan checks in at No. 23 for their first ranking of the season.
The RPI rankings are more important towards the Badgers NCAA Tournament seeding, so it is good to see them hold steady at No. 4 despite the loss in Columbus.
The Badgers (1-1 overall) still are not receiving any votes in the AP Poll. Michigan State dropped from their No. 1 spot, down to No. 3, since they lost to new No. 1 Kentucky in the season-opening Champions Classic. The Badgers first opponent of the year, Saint Mary’s, moved up to No. 18. Wisconsin plays McNeese on Wednesday night and Marquette (who is receiving votes) on Sunday afternoon this week.
The undefeated Badgers (2-0 overall) are not receiving any votes in the AP Poll this week. Minnesota fell out of the rankings and preseason conference favorite Maryland dropped to No. 8 after losing to now No. 6 South Carolina. UW is at Colorado on Thursday and returns home to play UW-Milwaukee on Sunday night.