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Plus: Noah Burks gets engaged; huge weekends coming up for volleyball, women’s hockey and men’s hockey; and more!

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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 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).

  • It’s always cool to see in-state running backs take care of each other.
  • After a road sweep of Minnesota Duluth the Badgers...remain the No. 1 team in the nation. This coming weekend, a 1 vs. 2 matchup is on the docket as Wisconsin hosts Ohio State.
  • Speaking of big matchups, the Badgers welcome a pair of top-15 opponents to the Field House this weekend and that ol’ barn should be absolutely rocking.
  • Free soccer and a free Chris Mueller soccer shirt? You should probably head to McClimon Tuesday night so support the lads.
  • The men’s hockey team is just outside the top-20 in the USCHO rankings but their upcoming schedule is jam-packed with ranked opponents. They take on No. 3 St. Cloud State this weekend, No. 1 Michigan the following weekend and then No. 4 Minnesota the weekend after that. Woof, we’re gonna see how good this team is real quick.
  • Congratulations to Noah Burks on becoming a future Wife Guy.
  • Getting excited for basketball season over here.
  • Speaking of basketball, the preseason AP top-25 came out for the men and, while the Badgers aren’t ranked or even receiving votes, there are plenty of Big Ten teams in the poll. Michigan is at No. 6, Purdue at No. 7, Illinois at No. 11, Ohio State at No. 17 and Maryland at No. 21. Michigan State and Indiana are the first two teams out of the top-25 and Rutgers is also receiving votes. The preseason top five is Gonzaga, UCLA, Kansas, Villanova and Texas.