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B5Q Blogopean Union: what’s been going on around the Big Ten in 2021?

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Plus: Jonathan Taylor is amazing; Kendric Pryor is coming back; and the volleyball team is back practicing!

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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 (which we NO LONGER DO).

  • We will have much more about Jonathan Taylor’s historic day and excellent season later this week, but it is mandatory that we note how many freaking yards he ran for on Sunday to help the Colts make the playoffs.
  • Continuing the trend from over the weekend when Jake Ferguson, Jack Sanborn and Faion Hicks announced they were returning to Madison for next season, another key piece will be running it back next year with the boys.

Having Kenrdic Pryor back, and healthy, will be a big boost for Graham Mertz’s development.

  • Speaking of happy football developments, we couldn’t be happier for former Cleveland Browns LT Joe Thomas now that his team has finally made the Playoffs for the first time in 18 years. Sad they couldn’t do it while Thomas was still playing, but we hope he is able to make an appearance at the game.
  • It is pretty cool when Wisconsin greats offer to help out the current players and there are few players that Jalen Berger could get guidance from than Montee Ball.
  • I don’t know why Sam Dekker ATTACKED Ben Brust on New Year’s Day but...well...he ain’t wrong.
  • The men’s college basketball NET rankings seem to have gone live on Monday morning and have the Badgers sitting at No. 11, which would make them the fourth highest ranked team in the Big Ten.
  • The volleyball team is back in the gym and looking to win one more match than they did last year.
  • The captain scored the only goal of the game and led the Badgers to a sweep on Sunday over Minnesota State.