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B5Q Blogopean Union: ok, here’s what we know about the Wisconsin/Nebraska game

Will the game be played on Saturday? POSSIBLY!

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-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 (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.
  • Second: the Big Ten guidelines also state this:

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.
  • 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.
  • As far as when Mertz could return and why the B1G has a longer quarantine than other conferences?
  • 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.
  • 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.

Even our old friend Bret Bielema chimed in!

  • Mertz keeps winning accolades for his Week 1 performance against Illinois.