Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
Sometimes sports are really surprising, exciting, emotional and fun.
This happened ...
.. and that should really be all the recap you need from Saturday's win over Illinois. Here's some more anyway: Jared Berggren recorded his first career double-double, Wisconsin shot 43.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc, and the team is now off to its first 3-0 start in Big Ten play since the 2008-09 season.
This win wasn't satisfying in the same way the Big Ten Championship Game was satisfying, where as much pleasure was had at the expense of Nebraska's dysfunction as Wisconsin's dominance. Against Illinois, the Badgers were proficiently better. The result was surprising because it all seemed routine from the get-go. We'll have to wait to see whether the win really means anything. At least for a couple days we can pretend that it does.
And Russell Wilson. Holy JESUS Russell Wilson. Those who missed Seahawks-Falcons Sunday heard a low rumble late afternoon that turned out to be the collective clattering of a million Twitterers tweeting #AllRussellWilsonEverything after what would have been the most stunning playoff comeback in some time if not for everyone else on the Seahawks mucking things up.
I know I'll screw up the words, so numbers will do: 24-for-36, 385 yards, two touchdowns and no picks if you don't count the final Hail Mary throw to Julio Jones. Wilson added 60 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. He gave the Seahawks a one-point lead after entering the fourth quarter in a 20-point hole. It's awfully unfortunate we won't get to see him continue his roll against the 49ers, but Wilson officially became a superstar on Sunday, and he's all ours (and Seattle's and, sure, NC State's), you guys. He's all ours.
Sometimes a sports weekend is everything you hoped it would be. On occasion it's even better.
Jeff Potrykus' final thoughts on Saturday's win over Illinois.
Thoughts from the other side, The Champaign Room on Saturday's game.
Barry Alvarez' grandson, Joe Ferguson, will be walking on as a safety and/or quarterback in 2013.
Steven Godfrey on how small-scale bowls can survive.
EDSBS rates college football coaching changes in the only way it can.
Wrapping up: No shouldn't rob people, but yes you should do it in a Bucky Badger hat if you're going to do it at all.