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 (which we NO LONGER DO).
- First: Wisconsin Badgers QB Graham Mertz’s PCR test came back positive so he will be out for a mandatory 21 days, per the Big Ten’s COVID-19 protocols. It is good to hear that he is “feeling fine” and we hope that he is able to recover and not suffer any long term health consequences.
SOURCE: Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz did get a confirmed positive PCR COVID result and will enter the Big Ten's 21-day protocol, source also told me that Mertz "is feeling fine." @DennisDoddCBS first reported the news.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 27, 2020
- Second: the Big Ten guidelines also state this:
Big Ten guidelines state if the test positivity rate for a team exceeds 5%, a team must stop regular practice and competition for a minimum of seven days and reassess metrics until improved https://t.co/U7lGVzyAxS— Karley Marotta (@Karley_Marotta) October 27, 2020
Potrykus says in his post on the potential cancellation of the game that the Badgers are close to the 5% number. As some added background Lance Vesser at WKOW tweeted “Public Health Madison and Dane County confirmed today that since June, 56 Badgers players and 4 staff members have tested positive.”
- Third: it would seem as though the Badgers are just trying to nip this in the bud right now and get everyone a PCR test to see where the team’s positivity rate is.
Sources: The entire #Badgers team has now been required to take a PCR test today (considered more accurate, nasal swab test) regardless of their daily POC test results.— Asher Low (@alow_33) October 27, 2020
- If the game is not played it is not a forfeit but a “no-contest” and it should be noted that Nebraska has not been informed of any changes to the game yet.
Obviously the situation seems very fluid (and @jaypo1961 is excellent).— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) October 27, 2020
At this point, Nebraska's brass hasn't been informed about any change in status for Saturday's game. #Huskers
- As far as when Mertz could return and why the B1G has a longer quarantine than other conferences?
Two things on #Wisconsin, Covid and B1G:— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 27, 2020
- Longer quarantine is to rule out heart issues and give players time to catch up conditioning wise to prevent injury
- The 21-day clock starts from first positive test, so if Mertz tested Saturday, could return for Michigan on 11/14
- With Jack Coan already being out with a foot injury, Mertz out with COVID-19 and third stringer Chase Wolf also potentially out with the virus...the Badgers will potentially turn to fourth string QB Danny Vanden Boom, who compares favorably to Arizona Cardinals starter Kyler Murray.
Now that Graham Mertz is out for Wisconsin, the Badgers turn to r-jr Danny Vanden Boom. DVB and Kyler Murray have something in common: They never lost in high school. He went 28-0 in two seasons while the starter at Kimberly HS with 2 WI state titles and a 56-5 TD/INT ratio.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) October 27, 2020
- There was a lot of Nate Tice discourse on the timeline yesterday as the Badgers kept looking further and further down the depth chart for a QB.
we're at Nate Tice depth here folks https://t.co/drtz5xfDdr— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) October 27, 2020
Even our old friend Bret Bielema chimed in!
And I was blown up by some media for running up score that didn’t see the game. We were just tying to end the game and my man Tice took off on his little scramble for a TD #OnWisconsin https://t.co/PPFAH44OKs— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) October 27, 2020
- Mertz keeps winning accolades for his Week 1 performance against Illinois.
Top performing players WEEK 8:— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 27, 2020
1-Graham Mertz (my thoughts are w/ him) @BadgerFootball
2-Michael Barrett @UMichFootball
3-Justin Fields @OhioStateFB
4-Malik Willis @LibertyFootball
7-Carson Strong @NevadaFootball pic.twitter.com/tWzuw5ajyq
- Seven Wisconsin men’s hockey recruits were given grades by NHL Central Scouting ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft. The only “A” rated prospect in the bunch is defenseman Corson Ceulemans, who will play for the Brooks Bandits in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. An “A” grade means he’s a first round prospect. Here is the full list of every prospect rating if you’re into that sort of thing. Michigan looks like they’ve been doing a bang up job on the recruiting trail for what it’s worth.
- Penn State running back Noah Cain is out for the season. With Journey Brown also out, the Lions are on to their third string RB.
- Huskers fans are taking the potential cancellation of the game in stride and reasonably. Wait.
- SOMEONE GET PURDUE PETE A WATER AND SOME IBUPROFEN!
- Northwestern has a new offense. Here’s what Inside NU has noticed so far.
- Ryan Day says it’s ok if Justin Fields gets sacked and, quite frankly, we agree.
- Maize N Brew talks about how crazy it can be for a team during a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Indiana will be trotting out new alternate uniforms later this year and they are certainly, uh, something.
- Mel Tucker wouldn’t say “Michigan” when talking about MSU’s rival and opponent this weekend during his press conference so I’m sure the Spartans will win by 30.