Big Ten picks rewind: Week 10

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

(Conversation with self)

Do I have to?

Yes, or the users won't respect you.

Do they respect me now?

Not after those picks.

So why do I need to torture yourself?

Just get it over with, you big baby.

Needless to say, it was an ugly week for the picks, as I went 2-4. Here's a painful look back.


  • The pick: Iowa 27, Northwestern 17

  • Actual score: Northwestern 17, Iowa 10

  • 20-20 hindsight: At least I got the Wildcats' score correct. Few could have forecasted a major injury to Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi in the second quarter. There was no fourth-quarter magic for the Hawkeyes this time, as an improving NU defense shut down backup quarterback James Vandenberg and the run game.


  • The pick: Wisconsin 28, Indiana 16

  • Actual score: Wisconsin 31, Indiana 28

  • 20-20 hindsight: Badgers running back John Clay did his damage in the first half, not the second, before leaving the game with a head injury. As predicted, Indiana star wideout Tandon Doss made plays early with two touchdown grabs, and the Hoosiers surged on offense for much of the game but couldn't stop Wisconsin's ground game in the end as freshman Montee Ball emerged.


  • The pick: Michigan State 31, Western Michigan 10

  • Actual score: Michigan State 49, Western Michigan 14

  • 20-20 hindsight: This was as close as I got to a strong pick, as Kirk Cousins backed me up by shredding Western Michigan's defense for 353 pass yards and two touchdowns on 22 of 25 attempts. I didn't forecast Ashton Leggett's big day at running back, but Michigan State's defense held Tim Hiller in check and started November off the right way.


  • The pick: Minnesota 30, Illinois 24

  • Actual score: Illinois 35, Minnesota 32

  • 20-20 hindsight: The Illini made all the plays early on, surging out to a 28-7 lead before Minnesota got on track after halftime. Gophers quarterback Adam Weber struggled after a career performance against Michigan State, and the Minnesota defense couldn't stop Illinois' big-play attack.


  • The pick: Michigan 37, Purdue 31

  • Actual score: Purdue 38, Michigan 36

  • 20-20 hindsight: A shootout seemed likely and both offenses certainly showed up at the Big House. Michigan's Brandon Minor had another huge day (154 rush yards, 3 TDs), but Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott stole the show -- and the victory -- with a career performance. I wrote that I was hesitant to pick Michigan and should have trusted my instincts.


  • The pick: Penn State 21, Ohio State 17

  • Actual score: Ohio State 24, Penn State 7

  • 20-20 hindsight: As forecasted, both defenses showed up to play, but Ohio State's unit dominated Daryll Clark and the Nittany Lions for 60 minutes. This easily could have been a shutout, as Penn State barely eclipsed 200 total yards. It was Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor, not Clark, who made plays at quarterback and led a more cohesive offense to a big win.

Week 10 record: 2-4

Season record: 51-23 (.689)