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B5Q Blogopean Union: happy Labor Day!

Plus: the men’s hockey team was in Canada; the volleyball team was in North Carolina; the soccer teams were in Wisconsin...GEOGRAPHY!

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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.

  • ICYMI on Sunday evening, we had two posts go up: three things we learned from the win over USF and our first B1G Power Rankings of the season, because preseason rankings are meaningless.
  • The men’s hockey team looked really good in their two exhibition games over the weekend in Vancouver. Here is an article from Todd Milewski about the Badgers’ recruiting efforts in Canada. The key takeaway for me is this new NCAA rule:

Legislation that went into effect in May means NCAA programs can’t offer scholarships to players until Aug. 1 before their junior year of high school. That has been a change for the Badgers and other teams that offered players at an early age.

Eighteen of the 29 players on UW’s recruiting list for future seasons gave the team an oral commitment when they were either 14 or 15.

The power play was clicking all weekend as the Badgers won the first game 3-0.

Bucci has some PREDICTIONS for Cole Caufield this season!

40 goals may be underselling it.

We’ve been talking about Caufield and the rest of this freshman class all summer, and for good reason. They are all really talented and immediately make the Badgers a deep and dangerous team. I really hope Caufield makes my Flyers regret not drafting him.

  • NFL rosters were finalized over the weekend so there is a bunch of Badgers in the NFL news. We won’t get too in-depth here, because we’ll have a weekly column about the pro Badgers starting this week, but here are a couple of the highlights.

The Ogunbowale family is making it a little dusty in here!

  • Rock will have a breakdown of the volleyball team’s successful trip to North Carolina on Tuesday.

Home opener is this week vs. Marquette and Rock will have a preview of this weekend’s games along with the recap of last week’s.

  • The women’s soccer team had an exciting weekend featuring two (2!!) OT victories!

The men’s soccer team split their games this weekend and Bob’s Field House Chronicles will have recaps of all the action over the weekend.

  • Montee Ball is hosting alcohol-free football game watch parties at various movie theaters around Madison. It’s great that he’s giving back to the community with such fervor.
  • The tracks teams are, per usual, looking good heading into the season.
  • Former Badgers softball star Kelsey Jenkins is going to the Olympics in 2020 with Canada.
  • Getting an SEC talent like this to transfer to the Badgers would be huge tbqh.

But here is a nice preview of the B1G from The Daily Gopher!