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 Nebraska).
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).
- Sunday turned into a kind of wild day around the football team. We started off by wondering where RB Jalen Berger was during the Illinois game and then, uh, later in the day we found out.
- The women’s hockey team, who raised their banner on Saturday (we’ll have a post about them coming shortly), is off to a dominant start in the 2021-22 season. They just can’t stop scoring goals.
The #Badgers women's hockey team has outscored opponents 39-2, its best scoring margin through six games in program history. The previous best was 33 (35-2) in 2015-16.— Todd Milewski (@ToddMilewski) October 10, 2021
- Grace Loberg has quietly had an excellent career for the Badgers and we are glad she’s getting her flowers this year.
- I didn’t think Micah Potter would make it in the NBA because his defense is so suspect, but if he keeps putting up offensive numbers like this it’s going to be hard to keep him off of a roster. Good for him!
- J.J. will have more this week about the current state of Big Ten soccer, but it is worth celebrating that Jordyn Bloomer and Maia Cella are having great seasons so far.
- Don’t look now, but the men’s soccer team has won four matches in a row, hasn’t lost a match in conference play (3-0-1) and currently sit in second place in the Big Ten behind only Penn State. They have one more non-conference match coming up this week and then close the season with their final four Big Ten matches and, would you look at that! The last match of the season is at home against PSU. Hopefully that still has serious title implications when the ball is kicked off.
- The men’s hockey Twitter account didn’t even tweet out all of the goals that Michigan Tech scored on Saturday evening if you want to know how the series went.
- Quite frankly shocked and disgusted by Bill C.’s most recent SP+ update and where his computers have Wisconsin ranked.
Here is where Wisconsin stands in the latest SP+ rankings.— Ben Kenney (@benzkenney) October 10, 2021
With a totally random cutoff point after some schools I'm sure nobody's heard about. pic.twitter.com/CZmlkFxjOE
- Iowa beat Penn State on Saturday in a classic (?) Big Ten slugfest. They are the No. 2 team in the country now and their most difficult remaining regular season opponent is most likely Wisconsin (?)...which, oof, thank God that game is at Camp Randall.
- Penn State QB Sean Clifford got hurt during the game against Iowa and the Nittany Lions seemingly forgot how to play football after that. There was a lot of chippiness online between these two fan bases and, while they are both loathsome groups of troglodytes, I’m happy this game is over so they’ll stop yelling at each other.
- Nebraska is taking a moral victory from their loss to Michigan.
- Between the 2020-2023 recruiting classes, Purdue has received three commitments from 4-star quarterbacks.
- Ohio State is rounding into form. I hate it.
- The Michigan men’s hockey team should be very, very good this year. In their series with Lake Superior State over the weekend they played in a wild game that saw the Wolverines go up 2-0 in the first couple of minutes, give up four straight goals, but then score five unanswered themselves to win 7-4.
- Rutgers youth movement is starting to pay off.
- The Maryland volleyball team snapped their four match losing streak, they hadn’t won a match since upsetting the Badgers two weeks ago, and beat Indiana.
- I say this with the utmost respect and sincerity, but the Minnesota men’s basketball team is going to be the worst team in the Big Ten and it won’t even be close. Here’s who might start for them!
- Michigan State football was long known for their defense but now fans are far more confident in their offense. What a time to be alive!