Big Ten picks rewind: Week 12

I'd like my steak medium, my shrimp cocktail with extra sauce, a side of sauteed mushrooms and a bottle of your finest red wine. And give the bill to that guy over there.

Oh, I'm sorry, I thought I was ordering dinner at St. Elmo in Indianapolis. Am I reviewing picks from Week 12? Right, right. Well, I had another perfect week (yawn), and moved six games ahead of Bennett in the season standings with just one week left in the regular season. Bennett better hope teams like Iowa and Illinois have some magic in them or he'll be officially finished.

Here's a look back at the Week 12 predictions.


Adam Rittenberg: 6-0, 71-19 (.789)

Brian Bennett: 5-1, 65-25 (.722)

Rewind time ...

Northwestern at Michigan State

  • Bennett's pick: Michigan State 21, Northwestern 20

  • Rittenberg's pick: Northwestern 20, Michigan State 17

  • Actual score: Northwestern 23, Michigan State 20

  • 20-20 hindsight: I nailed the winner, the margin of victory and nearly the score itself. Northwestern RB Venric Mark got hurt early and didn't do much, but I correctly pegged S Ibraheim Campbell for a big game. Bennett correctly had Michigan State shutting down Northwestern's run game, but Spartans RB Le'Veon Bell never reached the end zone despite racking up 133 rush yards.

Iowa at Michigan

  • Bennett's pick: Michigan 38, Iowa 10

  • Rittenberg's pick: Michigan 38, Iowa 17

  • Actual score: Michigan 42, Iowa 17

  • 20-20 hindsight: Another strong score prediction for yours truly. I had Michigan QB Devin Gardner for 275 pass yards and three touchdowns (he had 314 yards, 3 TDs), although I didn't expect three more scores on the ground for the junior. Bennett also pegged Gardner for a big game and correctly forecast senior Denard Robinson to line up at a different position, as he started the game at running back.

Indiana at Penn State

  • Bennett's pick: Penn State 31, Indiana 23

  • Rittenberg's pick: Penn State 34, Indiana 23

  • Actual score: Penn State 45, Indiana 22

  • 20-20 hindsight: We both nearly nailed Indiana's score, and Bennett correctly pegged Penn State to build a two-touchdown lead before Indiana rallied in the third quarter. He also forecast Penn State CB Adrian Amos for a key interception. I had Lions RB Zach Zwinak going for 130 rush yards and three touchdowns (he had 135 rush yards and one TD). Indiana had two touchdown passes, but neither went to WRs Cody Latimer or Kofi Hughes.

Minnesota at Nebraska

  • Bennett's pick: Nebraska 37, Minnesota 16

  • Rittenberg's pick: Nebraska 33, Minnesota 20

  • Actual score: Nebraska 38, Minnesota 14

  • 20-20 hindsight: Bennett nearly nailed another score, and we both came close on the Huskers' total. Minnesota never jumped ahead as I had predicted, instead falling behind 38-0 after three quarters, and it was the pass game from Taylor Martinez to Kenny Bell, not the rushing attack, which fueled the Huskers. Bennett also thought Martinez and RB Ameer Abdullah would do more on the ground, and Rex Burkhead never saw the field on senior day, as he thought (and we both hoped).

Ohio State at Wisconsin

  • Bennett's pick: Ohio State 28, Wisconsin 25

  • Rittenberg's pick: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 28

  • Actual score: Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 14 (OT)

  • 20-20 hindsight: Both of us expected a higher-scoring game, as well as much more from Ohio State QB Braxton Miller, who struggled both as a passer and, more surprisingly, as a runner. Wisconsin QB Curt Phillips avoided the two interceptions Bennett thought he'd have, while Badgers RB Montee Ball tied the NCAA career touchdowns record in the second quarter but couldn't break it, as I predicted he would. I also incorrectly pegged Ohio State WR Devin Smith for the winning touchdown catch, when instead it was a scoring run by RB Carlos Hyde.

Purdue at Illinois

  • Bennett's pick: Purdue 24, Illinois 14

  • Rittenberg's pick: Purdue 27, Illinois 14

  • Actual score: Purdue 20, Illinois 17

  • 20-20 hindsight: The score predictions aren't bad, although Illinois put up more of a fight that we thought. Illini RB Donovonn Young didn't have a touchdown run as I predicted, and Purdue QB Robert Marve threw one touchdown pass, not two (although he did avoid a turnover). Boilers RB Akeem Shavers ran for one touchdown, not the two Bennett predicted, while DT Kawann Short fell two sacks shy of the three Bennett expected him to have.