Big Ten picks rewind: Week 12

I'm finishing up strong after several shaky weeks, kind of like Ohio State, Penn State and Northwestern.

Let's take a look back at the Week 12 picks.


  • My pick: Ohio State 30, Michigan 17

  • Actual score: Ohio State 21, Michigan 10

  • 20-20 hindsight: The margin of victory ended up close and Ohio State shut down Michigan's run game, as predicted. But the Wolverines defense performed better than expected and limited Terrelle Pryor's big-play ability for much of the game. Michigan lost because of turnovers in Ohio State's end of the field.


  • My pick: Iowa 21, Minnesota 10

  • Actual score: Iowa 12, Minnesota 0

  • 20-20 hindsight: Another close prediction on margin of victory, but Minnesota never took a lead because its offense never showed up. Iowa recorded only one interception, not two, and it came against backup quarterback MarQueis Gray, not starter Adam Weber. Hawkeyes quarterback James Vandenberg struggled a bit, but the run game picked him up.


  • My pick: Indiana 35, Purdue 34

  • Actual score: Purdue 38, Indiana 21

  • 20-20 hindsight: I was half right on how it would unfold, as Purdue's Joey Elliott and Keith Smith turned in big performances but Indiana could match them. Wide receiver Mitchell Evans stood out for the Hoosiers, but quarterback Ben Chappell had some rough moments. Indiana made too many mistakes on offense and special teams to keep pace with the Boilers. A swing and a miss here for me.


  • My pick: Northwestern 26, Wisconsin 24

  • Actual score: Northwestern 33, Wisconsin 31

  • 20-20 hindsight: Subtract a touchdown from each side and the pick is right on the money. Quarterbacks Mike Kafka and Scott Tolzien both performed well as expected, but it was Northwestern that built a double-digit lead, only to let Wisconsin rally. Northwestern's defense came up big in the final few minutes to hold off the Badgers.


  • My pick: Penn State 24, Michigan State 20

  • Actual score: Penn State 42, Michigan State 14

  • 20-20 hindsight: The score prediction wasn't close, and Michigan State never led in this one, as I predicted. But Lions quarterback Daryll Clark had a very big day on offense, and linebackers Navorro Bowman and Sean Lee both game through to shut down Kirk Cousins and the Spartans attack.

Bye: Illinois (3-7, 2-6)

Week 12 record: 4-1

Season record: 61-24 (.718)