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).
- Jerry is one of the best in the business for a reason, folks.
"You almost got run over!" "Watch out Jerry!"— Jerry Mao (@jerryxmao) October 31, 2021
Held my ground, got the shot ✅ pic.twitter.com/RRz4PvlXWZ
- Dudes that play linebacker are just a different breed.
Jack Sanborn said he dislocated his finger to the point where stiches were needed inside the locker room. Said it was pretty gnarly but came back because “it’s Iowa week.”— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) October 30, 2021
- I don’t know if a concerted effort is being made to have players from last year’s team take smiling pictures with Greg Gard, but I’m sure it helps out when people ask about the leaked meeting tape.
- The Wisconsin Badgers cross country team is an unstoppable juggernaut. Congrats to them on another Big Ten title. Runner Bob Liking came in first, with a course record natch, and six Badgers finished in the top-10. Absurd.
2021 B1G CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS!!— Wisconsin Track & Field (@BadgerTrackXC) October 29, 2021
NO. 5️2️⃣ pic.twitter.com/CI3jgBW4FW
- The women’s squad came in second with all seven of their runners placing in the top-25.
And what another incredible day for the women!— Wisconsin Track & Field (@BadgerTrackXC) October 30, 2021
A second place finish for the #Badgers and the best finish for Wisconsin since taking second in 2019 with all seven women placing in the top 25!!! pic.twitter.com/mBAzNqMzau
- The men’s hockey team went on the road and earned a split with the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines. Michigan’s team is loaded with top-end NHL talent and winning in their barn is an impressive feat. Hopefully that will build some positive momentum because highly ranked Minnesota is coming to Madison this weekend.
That was a B1G win over No. 2 Michigan last night— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) October 30, 2021
Up Next: Minnesota at pic.twitter.com/q4h6NIJdQh
- Makenna Webster had a hat trick on Saturday to help the Badgers sweep Minnesota State and continue their unbeaten start (12-0) to the season.
- Speaking of Minnesota State their men’s goalie, Dryden McKay, recorded his 27th career shutout over the weekend which set a record...for men’s NCAA hockey. The tweet from the official Minnesota State hockey account didn’t note that, despite them having a women’s hockey team who, you know, was also playing that weekend. The actual NCAA hockey record holder is Wisconsin legend Ann-Renee Desbiens, who had 55 shutouts in her career.
Ann-Renée Desbiens had 55 shutouts in her collegiate career at Wisconsin.— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) October 31, 2021
She allowed 29 goals and had 21 shutouts in 2015-16. Seriously, think about that for a second.
Oh, and she's just one of three Badgers women's hockey alumna with 30 or more SO in their NCAA DI career. https://t.co/tAtRcrhsil
It’s really not difficult to throw a “men’s” in front of the sport you are talking about if the school has both a women’s and a men’s team.
- First wrestling match of the season is Monday (that’s tonight!) night! If you are student you should go and check it out because the first 500 of you get in for free.
Did you get your free @UWMadison student tickets yet, @AreaRED?— Wisconsin Wrestling (@BadgerWrestling) October 29, 2021
First 500 students are free for our match on Monday vs. Buffalo at 7 pm at the UW Field House
To get your free ticket:https://t.co/b8qJUpCIR3
Go to Wrestling Student Tickets > Find Tickets > Buffalo to redeem pic.twitter.com/YodsTOrK6o
- A tough go for the women’s soccer team in the Big Ten Tournament as they lost to No. 1 seed Rutgers, 1-0 on Sunday. I asked our Soccer Knower, J.J., what he thought about UW’s chances of getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and he said “about 30%.” While that’s not nothing, it’s not exactly reassuring odds for the Badgers.
- The men’s conference tournament kicks off this coming weekend and Wisconsin will be travelling to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the 4 vs. 5 matchup against the Wolverines. If they win, they’ll most likely face top-seeded Penn State, whom they just lost to 2-0, in the semifinals.
⚽ The 2021 #B1GMSOC Tournament bracket is now set!— Big Ten Soccer (@B1GSoccer) October 31, 2021
Eight teams will kick off postseason play Nov. 7, beginning their chase to the #B1G Tournament title and an automatic berth into the @NCAASoccer Tournament.
️ https://t.co/r2UpgJjFyo pic.twitter.com/iI5ol3zXF0
- Michigan State beat Michigan on Saturday in one of the most fun (from a neutral perspective) games of the season. MSU RB Kenneth Walker III is amazing.
- Does Iowa football have big problems?
- Penn State made it interesting, but couldn’t quite get over the hump to beat Ohio State on Saturday night.
- Nebraska volleyball dropped another match, losing to Minnesota in five sets.
- It is time to fire Scott Frost.
- Northwestern football won’t go anywhere until they fix their issues at quarterback.
- The Buckeyes weren’t dominant, but they were good enough to beat the Nittany Lions.
- Where does Michigan football go from here? They claim they aren’t dead yet. We’ll see.
- Rutgers, Wisconsin’s next football opponent, has their own offensive player who should still be in high school: QB Gavin Wimsatt.
- The Gophers also control their own destiny in the B1G West. They pounded Northwestern on Saturday.