How did we do? Week 9 picks revisited

Before we turn our attention to Week 10, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 9 predictions. It was a rough week for all involved, as BTN.com fans led the way with a 3-3 record. As a result, BTN.com fans tied Dienhart for the top spot in the season standings, at 54-20. I sit three games behind the pace.

SEASON RECORDS
Tom: 54-20; .730
BTN.com fans: 54-20; .730
Brent: 51-23; .690

Indiana 31, Illinois 17
Tom’s pick: Indiana, 30-29 – Let’s call this the “Desperation Bowl.” The Fighting Illini have lost four in a row; the Hoosiers have lost five. I like Indiana, since it has at least one area playing well: offense. Illinois has nothing clicking coming off a bye week.
Brent’s pick: Illinois, 34-27As bad as Illinois is playing in pretty much every facet of the game, there’s this: Indiana has one Big Ten road win since 2008 (11/27/10; 34-31 over Purdue).

Northwestern 28, Iowa 17
Tom’s pick: Iowa, 21-19 – If you are looking for great offense—keep looking. This will be an ugly game that the Hawkeyes will find a way to win because of their defense, which got whipped last week but is still better than the Wildcat defense.
Brent’s pick: Northwestern, 23-16These two teams have combined for a troubling nine touchdown passes through 15 games. This one will feature a lot of running and quite a few field goals.

Minnesota 44, Purdue 28
Tom’s pick: Purdue, 27-24 – One of these teams will end a three-game losing skein. And it will be the Boilermakers, who have the better defense and more stability at quarterback.
Brent’s pick: Purdue, 31-20It’s hard to be confident in either team, but Purdue boasts a defensive front that could spell trouble for a freshman quarterback making his second career start.

Michigan State 16, Wisconsin 13 (OT)
Tom’s pick: Wisconsin, 28-14 – These teams played two classics last season. Don’t expect a repeat. This is a tale of two teams headed in opposite directions at hyper speed.
Brent’s pick: Wisconsin, 24-13Here’s what you need to know about this one: Wisconsin hasn’t allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points the last three games; and Michigan State has scored fewer than 17 points in three of the last four.

Ohio State 35, Penn State 23
Tom’s pick: Penn State, 31-24 – The Nittany Lions will roll on to a sixth consecutive victory behind the red-hot hand of quarterback Matt McGloin and a defense that continues to play above expectations
Brent’s pick: Penn State, 28-24Together, the two teams have won 13 consecutive games. However, Braxton Miller hasn’t faced a defense like this since the Big Ten opener. Only difference is, Penn State has an offense to make Ohio State pay.

Nebraska 23, Michigan 9
Tom’s pick: Nebraska, 27-24 – The Cornhuskers will win this huge Legends Division matchup behind the Big Ten’s best offense and a raucous crowd. The Nebraska defense won’t dominate, but it won’t let Denard Robinson run wild, either.
Brent’s pick: Nebraska, 30-27 - None of Michigan’s last five opponents has scored more than 13 points. As impressive as that is, the Wolverines haven’t faced anything the quality of Taylor Martinez and company since the Alabama game.

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Joe W on 10/28/2012 @ 3:46pm EDT Said:

Tom, Brent, and the rest of the B10: Stop picking against Urban’s team. Clearly OSU has the “it” factor and the young talent is starting to catch on to the new scheme and new staff. 12-0 is now very possible given the way Illinois is playing, and injuries to Denard Robinson and Bucky’s QB…a one dimensional team (or no dimensional team if Denard can’t go) is not going to beat an OSU team with #5 behind center and a defense that can stop the run.

clint on 10/28/2012 @ 9:31pm EDT Said:

It is always trendy to pick against the Bucks, hoping they will finally be right. But yes, these outsiders looking in don’t understand the interior transformation going on in Columbus. From the weight room to the film room, guys are buying in to a new mentality, and it shows on the field. Decimated by injury, more so than any other team in the country, arguably, and forced to play inexperienced freshmen alongside players at new positions, the Buckeyes are fining ways to win. The pundits will always punish for ugly wins, but mark it down, as these kids gain confidence with the experience, they will be rolling next year as well. And perhaps the wins wont be so ugly. Tom and Brent should just pencil it in now, as they too, will watch as The Ohio State University goes undefeated THIS year and NEXT! This team will be the class of the Big Ten for the foreseeable future. Get used to that.

Doug Masters on 10/29/2012 @ 3:28pm EDT Said:

I sure hope you dont’ pick against OSU this weekend lol.

ADE on 10/29/2012 @ 9:03pm EDT Said:

Will teach you to not respect the power of the Golden Gopher!!