How did we do? Week 6 picks revisited

We’ve reached the midpoint of the 2012 Big Ten football season. Before we turn our complete attention to Week 7, though, we need to review how fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 6 predictions. Dienhart led the way, going 4-1, while fans and I went 3-2.

After six weeks, that means it’s fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot, at 44-13.

SEASON RECORDS fans: 44-13; .772
Tom: 44-13; .772
Brent: 42-15; .737

[RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings | Tom’s Week 6 Top 10 | Week 6 Game Balls]

Michigan State 31, Indiana 27
Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 44-20 – The Spartan offense figures to get healthy vs. a struggling Hoosier defense. Pencil in Le’Veon Bell for 150 yards rushing. And Andrew Maxwell will look like Kirk Cousins in an Old Brass Spittoon romp. Enjoy it, Spartans. There won’t be many Saturdays like this.
Brent’s pick: Michigan State, 37-10The best way to cure offensive woes? Take on Indiana, which is fresh off surrendering a Northwestern-record 704 yards in last week’s loss.

Penn State 39, Northwestern 28
Tom’s pick: Northwestern, 30-28 – The Wildcats will roll to 6-0 behind the play of the two-headed quarterback monster of Trevor Siemian and Kain Colter, along with diminutive playmaker Venric Mark. And the defense will make one more stop than Penn State’s to allow Northwestern to escape with victory. Sorry, Nittany Lions. The party is over.
Brent’s pick: Penn State, 24-23 – Michael Mauti, Gerald Hodges and Glenn Carson slow down the Trevor Siemian-Kain Colter quarterback shuffle just enough to hand the Wildcats their first loss.

Wisconsin 31, Illinois 14
Tom’s pick: Wisconsin, 41-13 – Each team needs a win. But it’s the Badgers who have the better defense and more stable offense—plus a whole bunch of urgency coming off a tough loss at Nebraska. Illinois? It’s a mess on both sides of the ball.
Brent’s pick: Wisconsin, 31-14 – Illinois, as it’s currently playing, may be the Big Ten’s worst team. A trip to Camp Randall Stadium is the last thing this struggling team needs right now.

Michigan 44, Purdue 13
Tom’s pick: Michigan, 29-27 – The Wolverines will have had two weeks to stew, as well as plot and plan, coming off a tough loss at Notre Dame. I expect to see Michigan come out clicking behind a motivated Denard Robinson, who usually eats up teams like the Boilermakers.
Brent’s pick: Purdue, 27-20 – Denard Robinson struggled as a passer against Alabama and Notre Dame, and now he must deal with Ricardo Allen and Josh Johnson, the Big Ten’s top cornerback tandem, in addition to Purdue’s talented defensive line.

[RELATED: DiNardo’s Week 6 Sunday Ruminations | Big Ten shut out of Coaches Poll]

Ohio State 63, Nebraska 38
Tom’s pick: Ohio State, 26-24 – Each team is coming off a big victory and is riding momentum behind a hot quarterback. What will be the difference? Defense. Led by Johnathan Hankins and John Simon, the Buckeyes d-line will be too much to handle.
Brent’s pick: Nebraska, 27-24The Huskers are the most complete team perfect Ohio State has faced. This one figures to be close throughout, and I see it being decided on special teams, either by a big Ameer Abdullah return or a long Brett Maher kick.


Your Opinion?
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Regan on 10/7/2012 @ 2:24pm EDT Said:

Michigan is really underrated.

Jordan on 10/7/2012 @ 2:58pm EDT Said:

you must be on crack regan…they were very lucky to even be rated 8th going in to the season..they are perfectly rated based on how and WHO they played thus far. If anyones underrated its Michigan State

Doug on 10/7/2012 @ 3:54pm EDT Said:

Like I said in a different thread, Michigan fans are fun, nobody in the big ten should be ranked, the coaches have it right

Sean on 10/7/2012 @ 6:25pm EDT Said:

MSU squeaks by EMU and Indiana and their underrated?? Hilarious.

Jordan on 10/7/2012 @ 8:19pm EDT Said:

squeaking by is called WINNING nothing else matters (besides maybe style points) as long as they are wins…we could say the same with michigan “squeaking by air force” a Win is a Win regardless…and they held Ohio state to just a 1 point loss…OSU just ripped apart Nebraska 64-34 or something like that MSU stopped them to just 17 points! there is a lot there that people are missing

randy on 10/7/2012 @ 9:37pm EDT Said:

MSU is complete garbage!!

@nick_weav on 10/7/2012 @ 10:05pm EDT Said:

Ohio state isnt eligible for coaches poll.

Doug on 10/7/2012 @ 10:47pm EDT Said:

Michigan squeaks by air force and plays umass, the worst team in division 1 football? hilarious.

Jake on 10/8/2012 @ 3:25am EDT Said:

Michigan State is the most overrated team in the Big Ten.

Doug on 10/8/2012 @ 4:10pm EDT Said:

Randy and Jake, keep hating, your team must have lost to MSU a lot lately.