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B5Q Blogopean Union: Paul Chryst is a quote-producing dynamo

Plus: the volleyball team is still near the top of the polls; the women’s hockey team is at the top of the polls; and we learn a little bit about Pole Assassin’s pet monkey.

Wisconsin v Illinois Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

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).

  • After beating Nebraska but losing to Purdue last week, the Badgers now sit at No. 4 in the RPI and the AVCA Coaches Poll. Texas, Louisville and Pitt are ahead of Wisconsin in the Coaches Poll, while Kentucky is one spot behind UW.

Ohio State (No. 7), Purdue (No. 8), Nebraska (No. 9), Minnesota (No. 11) and Penn State (No. 15) are all in the top-15 and Illinois joins the party at No. 25 this week. Sheesh, that’s quite the conference.

  • The women’s hockey team remained ranked No. 1 after their weekend sweep of Minnesota State and forward Makenna Webster was named the WCHA Forward of the Week after recording five points on the weekend, including her first career hat trick.
  • You just gotta watch this.
  • The Grit Factory has been pumping out some high quality product this season.
  • I know that the wrestling team had their first match on Monday night, there is a separate post coming later that discusses the results!
  • I will not be explaining this any further than Bunkie Perkins did, but it was a fun time on Twitter dot com last night.