Week 13: We predict all six Big Ten games

Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) have offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re down to the final week of play, and BTN.com fans are in the lead.

After 12 weeks, BTN.com fans lead Dienhart by one game and Yarina by five games. See our Week 13 predictions and choose your winners in this post.

Listen to Dienhart on Wednesday night’s “#BTNLive.”

BTN.com fans: 69-21; .767
Tom: 68-22; .755
Brent: 64-26; .711

[RELATED: Week 13 Power Rankings | Week 13 Player Rankings | Week 13 Bowl Projections]

Nebraska (9-2, 6-1) at Iowa (4-7, 2-5) – noon ET, Friday, ABC
Tom’s pick: Nebraska, 35-13 – This will be like a de facto home game for the Cornhuskers. The Kinnick stands will be packed with red, as Nebraska will clinch the Legends Division crown vs. a slumping Hawkeye squad that has lost five in a row.
Brent’s pick: Nebraska, 41-10One of the Big Ten’s hottest teams meets one of the coldest teams, and there’s absolutely no indication either is about to change its course.

Illinois (2-9, 0-7) at Northwestern (8-3, 4-3) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go
Tom’s pick: Northwestern, 45-19 – Upon taking the job, Illinois coach Tim Beckman made it a point of stressing the importance of beating Northwestern. It won’t happen this year. The Wildcats are too good and will end two years of frustration vs. the Fighting Illini.
Brent’s pick: Northwestern, 27-13 – Illinois’ defense has played better, allowing 18.5 points the last two weeks, but the offense remains nothing short of pitiful, averaging 11.4 points in Big Ten play.

Indiana (4-7, 2-5) at Purdue (5-6, 2-5) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go
Tom’s pick: Purdue, 33-27 – The Boilermakers are on a roll, pulling their season from the fire with consecutive wins. Beat the Hoosiers, and Purdue will punch its postseason ticket. Robert Marve won’t be denied.
Brent’s pick: Indiana, 34-31Yes, Purdue has won two straight – at Iowa and at Illinois – but Indiana’s offense is far superior to anything the Boilers have faced the last two weeks. This is a unit that can give Purdue fits, much like Marshall did.

Michigan (8-3, 6-1) at Ohio State (11-0, 7-0) – noon ET, ABC
Tom’s pick: Michigan, 28-27 – This is a different Michigan team with Devin Gardner. This is a better team with Devin Gardner. The offense has run-pass balance. And the defense has been one of the better units in the conference all season. Add it all up, and the Buckeyes’ unbeaten ride ends here.
Brent’s pick: Ohio State, 30-24 – The Wolverines struggle against mobile quarterbacks, and there isn’t a more mobile guy out there than Braxton Miller, who should be focused and determined coming off his worst game of the season.

[RELATED: Clothes Call: Ohio State unveils uni for Michigan game]

Michigan State (5-6, 2-5) at Minnesota (6-5, 2-5) – 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go
Tom’s pick: Michigan State, 27-14 – The Spartans’ back is against the wall. Win—go to a bowl. Lose—go home for the holidays. Michigan State’s strong defense will deliver a victory. And it won’t be that close.
Brent’s pick: Michigan State, 19-16 – It took all 12 games, but the Spartans will become bowl eligible. Naturally, they won’t make it easy on themselves, needing a late Dan Conroy field goal to decide it.

[AP: Kill: Player quit over discipline]

Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3) at Penn State (7-4, 5-2) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2
Tom’s pick: Penn State, 24-23 – I don’t think the Nittany Lions will let the seniors lose on Senior Day. This will be an emotion-packed day for a group of players who stuck around. And a win vs. the Badgers will be another payoff in his surprisingly successful season.
Brent’s pick: Penn State, 27-23 – Even against Wisconsin’s stingy defense, Matt McGloin racks up 250-plus passing yards and a trio of touchdowns in Penn State’s final “bowl” game.

[AP: Penn State LB Mauti to miss finale with knee injury]


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (14 Comments)
ethansceOH on 11/21/2012 @ 2:05pm EDT Said:

braxton miller is going to walk all over the wolverines defesnse. that is, if he doesnt try passing the ball.

Nick (West Des Moines, IA) on 11/21/2012 @ 3:00pm EDT Said:

Lol I love all these people talk about Braxton is going to run all over Michigan, but forget that last week, against WISCONSIN, he couldn’t do it. If Michigan was smart from the beginning of the season and started Gardner, they would be a 1-2 loss team, being the only ones to upset Notre Dame. The Nebraska game could have had a different outlook, but not sure who would pull the victory. Going to be a great game, but I doubt Braxton will just walk all over them. My prediction, Gardner is going to exploit tOSU’s defense. Close game, but Michigan pulls the W.

Nebraska walks Iowa this weekend, but conservatively. I think there is a respect line with Ferentz and Bo, and I don’t think Bo would want to embarrass Iowa, at their home. 35-17 Nebraska.


Alec on 11/21/2012 @ 3:23pm EDT Said:

@Nick – haha remember when you Nebraska fans thought you were going to walk into the horseshoe and blow out OSU? How did that work for you. Wisconsin is #1 in the conference against the run. Michigan is not and was exploited by Northwestern’s mobile quarterback. OSU wins 45-24

Joe W on 11/21/2012 @ 4:37pm EDT Said:

Michigan has played four teams with a pulse on defense and scored 14, 12, 9, and 6. This is not the same OSU defense from the early and mid parts of the season. In Sept and Oct, OSU’s defense was ranked 84th in giving up plays of 20 yards or more…starting with the Penn State game they are ranked no. 1 in nation for same stat and no one would think that PSU and Wisconsin have bad offenses. With Boren now comfortable, Sabino back from injury, and Shazier playing like his hair is on fire, this is more like OSU defenses of years past. Gardner is certainly playing well, but he has played against air (Minn, NW, Iowa) the last three weeks with terrible DB’s blowing coverage after coverage. Roby and Howard are certainly a little better than air, and OSU’s D line is very strong and playing well. I don’t think the scoring will be as high as last year, but OSU with the home crowd, and Urban as coach with a chance to go 12-0, will be too much. OSU wins by two scores.

Doug on 11/22/2012 @ 10:05am EDT Said:

Joe, good points. Gardner has put up his numbers against 3 of the worst defenses in football, and OSU will move the ball at will against Michigan’s defense, just like NW did. OSU by 2 scores at least.

Patrick on 11/22/2012 @ 10:33am EDT Said:

I wish tOSU was eligible to play in the B1G champ game so Nebraska had a good opponent to play GBR!

Doug on 11/22/2012 @ 1:51pm EDT Said:

Careful what you wish for Patrick, Wisconsin scared the hell out of NEB in Lincoln, it’ll be a battle !

Nicholas Thurston on 11/22/2012 @ 11:24pm EDT Said:

Ohio State will have a perfect 12-0 record after we bear that team up North. Go Bucks!

Jeff on 11/23/2012 @ 4:11am EDT Said:

Michigan can win if they don’t get conservative. Ohio St will win if Braxton can get loose. Sorry Michigan, it matters not because the Big Red will put an end to your conference title hopes the day before you play.

Mikey on 11/23/2012 @ 2:46pm EDT Said:

Wisconsin can’t wait to play Nebraska again…..let them get away in Lincoln. It won’t happen again.

Bryan L Hahn on 11/23/2012 @ 7:26pm EDT Said:

I love you BIG 10 old timers dissmissing Nebr. You should read outside of your conference from time to time so you know what you dealing with. Yeah OSU won this year, last year they didnt. In fact Nebr did quite well with the nations 3rd hardest sched (google it). Been watching them since the 60s, people in Nebr are not suprised when they win, they expect it. It does not always happen of course, but you would not see as much as the opposing teams colors in their stadium as we did in Iowa today. Everybody hates a winner (winningest team since 1970 , google that too).

Doug on 11/23/2012 @ 7:36pm EDT Said:

Bryan, you have to remember, OSU was tearing up NEB in Lincoln last year till Miller went out with a knee injury, and I know injuries are part of the game, but if that didn’t happen OSU would have beaten NEB down 2 years running. NEB had an amazing season this year no doubt, but Wis will give them all they want on Dec 1st.

Bryan L Hahn on 11/23/2012 @ 8:38pm EDT Said:

It did look that way, I hate to play the what if game cuz then Id wonder what if Rex Burkehead was not injured all season. The guy is awesome and has not even been a factor this year for us. I never count anything as a sure thing till the game is played. Don’t get me wrong, I respect the BIG , I am glad we became a part of it and look forward to playing the storied teams that are part of it. Today was not how anyone in Nebraska thought that game would be played out, myself included. Wine or lose I will cheer for the victor as the game unwinds. (btw I live in Iowa now and spent about 10 years in Oklahoma, so no newbie to living in enemy territory, yet staying true.

chaostheory23 on 11/24/2012 @ 10:42am EDT Said:

Life long Husker fan, here… Just wanted to say I love being in the B1G! Bring on Wisconsin! I don’t expect, or want, to walk over any team in a conference championship game. Say what you want about injuries or circumstances, but Nebraska has enjoyed significant success while playing a brutal schedule the past 2 years, and earned respect in its new league. You can’t take any of that away with talk of an injured player or circumstance beyond your team’s control. Nebraska has defeated every top tier team in the B1G at least once over the past 2 years, and I mean no disrespect in expressing confidence in our performance against Illinois and the Indiana teams the near future, and Maryland, Rutgers and whomever else down the line.