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B5Q Blogopean Union: Tuesday was a big day for football recruiting

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Plus: men’s hockey is in Canada; Kobe King can still dunk; The Daily Gopher has lost complete control of their predictions; and Badgers brewing beer.

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

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.

  • The Badgers received (publicly) good news on the recruiting front as 3-star Massachusetts TE Cam LARGE (pretty sure we have to start writing his last name in all caps) tweeted his commitment to Wisconsin on Tuesday evening. If you’ve been following along with fall camp, you’ll know that tight end is a position where the Badgers have suffered a few injuries and are lacking depth. With LARGE and Cole Dakovich in the 2020 class joining current freshmen Clay Cundiff and Hayden Rucci, that depth should be replenished.
  • There is a new podcast out called Behind the Badgers.

Speaking of podcasts! You may have seen on twitter dot com that our Owen Riese has accepted a job on the UW-Whitewater football coaching staff this season. With that new gig he’ll obviously have less free time and that means he won’t be doing Bucky’s 5th Podcast as a host any longer.

Fear not, though, lover of listening to Badgers news in your car! Tyler and Matt are taking the pod over and have an episode in the hopper previewing the USF game. We are hoping to get that up Wednesday (today) for your listening pleasure. Thank you for being patient with us as we transition some stuff right before the season!

  • I don’t think PFF College reads The Daily Gopher or else they’d know that no one in the B1G West has a chance against, at the very worst, an eight win Minnesota team.
  • Wisconsin players doing sweet offseason dunk videos is just like watching Ben Simmons do sweet offseason jump shooting videos. I’m impressed. I’m happy. But I know it isn’t going to mean anything come the regular season.

(I really hope this reverse jinx works!)

  • The men’s soccer team opens up their season weekend in Madison!

The Badgers have three players on the conference preseason awards watch list, which we’ll have more on in our non-revenue sports roundup.

  • A decent amount of Badgers in the Brewing Industry news on Tuesday!

Can someone go try Joe Thomas’ new beer and give us a review in the comments? I’m very interested to hear how it tastes!

  • A lot of Badgers on the men’s hockey team have already been drafted into the NHL, but freshman Dylan Holloway isn’t one of them...yet. The projected first round pick in this year’s draft talked to Madison.com’s Todd Milewski about this upcoming season and what it’s like playing major college hockey before he’s 18 (his birthday is in September).
  • The men’s hockey team also debuted a new “behind the scenes” video series on Tuesday.

With the team heading to Vancouver for two weekend exhibition games, this is a great time to see how the Badgers are preparing.

  • The women’s soccer home opener is on Thursday night versus Marquette.

In-state bragging rights are on the line as well as a chance to get back in the win column after a tough 1-0 loss to No. 1 Florida State.

  • The women’s basketball team, like the men’s team, also had their conference schedule announced last week.
  • USF Game Week links:

The Bulls will have a revamped offense on Friday.

There is a high possibility of a sellout for the game, contingent on the USF students filling up their 10,000 seat student section.

A nice profile on senior TE Mitchell Wilcox who will be getting a lot of looks from Blake Barnett on Friday.

B5Q’s opening preview of the Bulls from Matt Belz.

All of the AAC teams as menu items from Wendy’s!