Week 5: We predict all four Big Ten games

Every week during the 2013 football season, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart, Brent Yarina, Sean Merriman and hoops analyst Stephen Bardo, a huge football fan, make their Big Ten picks. We also provide polls for Big Ten fans to select their winners. Four weeks in the books, we have a logjam at the top, with Big Ten fans, Bardo and Yarina all tied for the top spot, at 39-7.

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Brent YarinaBrent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina)
Season record: 39-7
Week 5 picks: Illinois 38, Miami (OH) 17; Northern Illinois 32, Purdue 21; Minnesota 27, Iowa 23; Ohio State 30, Wisconsin 24.

Stephen BardoStephen Bardo (@stephenbardo)
Season record: 39-7
Week 5 picks: Illinois 42, Miami (OH) 21; Northern Illinois 24, Purdue 21; Minnesota 31, Iowa 24; Ohio State 35, Wisconsin 31.

FansBig Ten fans
Season record: 39-7
Week 5 picks: See polls below

Tom DienhartTom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)
Season record: 38-8
Week 5 picks: Illinois 44, Miami (OH) 21; Northern Illinois 30, Purdue 13; Minnesota 27, Iowa 24; Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 27.

Sean MerrimanSean Merriman (@BTNSean)
Season record: 38-8
Week 5 picks: Illinois 34, Miami (OH) 17; Northern Illinois 24, Purdue 17; Iowa 23, Minnesota 21; Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24.

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Miami (OH) (0-3) at Illinois (2-1) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

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NIU (3-0) at Purdue (1-3) – noon ET, ESPN2

Listen to Darrell Hazell’s weekly teleconference:

Iowa (3-1) at Minnesota (4-0) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2

Listen to Kirk Ferentz’s weekly teleconference:

Listen to Jerry Kill’s weekly teleconference:

Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0) at Ohio State (4-0, 0-0) – 8 p.m. ET, ABC

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Your Opinion?
Show Comments (16 Comments)
Riez on 9/25/2013 @ 2:57pm EDT Said:

TOSU have two capable quarterbacks, let KG throw the balls for a lot of points and let BM run the offense with different running backs, tail backs, tight ends and for good measure both quarterback can score too, pile it on, show Wisconsin Badgers who is King”

BuckeyeBanter.com (@BuckeyeBanter) on 9/25/2013 @ 3:34pm EDT Said:

While all four are picking the Buckeyes, the average margin is just a shade over 5 points. It won’t be that close. OSU wins by at least 17.

blackhawk on 9/25/2013 @ 4:27pm EDT Said:

Wisconsin will keep it close all game, and pull off the win if either the RBs get loose or Stave puts a complete game together.

Bill on 9/25/2013 @ 6:04pm EDT Said:

btn matchup of the week wisc at osu i pick osu to win 38-34

Ed Crawford on 9/25/2013 @ 11:31pm EDT Said:

I think Wisconsin and Iowa win this week despite your results. I would love to see Iowa Face Wisc. in the title game this year. It is early to bank on it. Still ,That would make my year.

Josh on 9/26/2013 @ 3:16am EDT Said:

OSU is unproven, Wisconsin is. OSU will most likely win, but no matter who wins the lead will be within a TD.

Scott on 9/26/2013 @ 12:09pm EDT Said:

Wisconsin is too banged up, OSU 45 Wisconsin 17. Plus it’s a night game in the Shoe, OSU thrives in this type of environment.

Bill on 9/26/2013 @ 6:28pm EDT Said:

My team Illinois will blowout Miami(oh) and Purdue is entering a game against NIU, NIU will win 45-14 and the Illini will beat Miami 56-0.

Charles Wolfe on 9/26/2013 @ 10:58pm EDT Said:

UW has already played a away night game. Should be a great game. OSU won’t be able to handle running attack or defense. Badgers will eat up clock, making it difficult for OSU to get a head or catch up. UW by 10.

Bailey on 9/26/2013 @ 11:00pm EDT Said:

All of you predicting Ohio State to beat Wisconsin by at least 17 have got to be kidding…. this is not a Bret Bielema coached team. The much improved defense under Gary Andersen and the virtually unstoppable run game of Melvin Gordon, James White, AND Corey Clement will be having the Badgers pulling out the victory in Columbus, 31-23. At the very least, UW will lose by one possession.

heisenberg on 9/26/2013 @ 11:50pm EDT Said:

Typical, a lot of over confident OSU blowhards… LOL, yeah 45-17, 60-0, win by three touchdowns.. Etc, etc, etc.. Wisconsin will make this a great game. Here’s to hoping a victory is coming! On Wisconsin!

Michael on 9/27/2013 @ 12:05am EDT Said:

Scott: Buckeyes 45 Badgers 17. I sure wish I could get my hands on some of your money. Badgers will have 17 at the half. I don’t think Buckeyes can shut down Badgers running game and since they had a hard time beating Buffalo one of the worse teams in the country and let Cal score 34. Badgers win the game 34-24. I’m glad Miller is playing you Buckeye fans better hope his knee is ok because Badgers will test that knee early plus Badgers coach used to be on Myers staff knows how he calls game. Banged up or not Badgers are the better team. I look for MGIII to go for around 180 and at least 2 TD. And the secondary for Buckeyes better be ready to tackle or it will be a long night.

Scott on 9/27/2013 @ 12:59pm EDT Said:

Michael, sorry but you won’t be taking anybody’s money this weekend. OSU has way too many weapons on offense and Wisconsin’s defense is too banged up. Wisconsin will not be able to out score OSU in a shootout when they are a one deminsional running team. Even if Wisconsin goes after Braxton’s legs we still have the best backup in the country in Kenny G. I’m sorry but I really don’t think this one will be as close as the past couple of years.

Mike Greiner on 9/27/2013 @ 4:44pm EDT Said:

Sean Merriman will be the only one to get all his picks right.

Scott on 9/27/2013 @ 8:37pm EDT Said:

so the pundits above predict Miami-Ohio will score 17 to 21 points against Illini, when they have only scored 21 points cumulative all season…so is Illinois feeling so good about itself, that its going to score a lot of points and let a bottom 5 Miami team score in double digits? Illinois has a very tough 3 game stretch again of it with Neb, Wisc and Mich St. I recommend three quarters of absolute domination, score 50+, hold Miami to under points…then pull your starters with 12 minutes left in the game. Illinois has been so bad for so long, it should not consider itself to be in position to have mercy on any one…

Jeff on 9/29/2013 @ 12:55am EDT Said:

Once again the analysts under estimate Iowa and the power they possess. They get better each week and will need to bolster the pass D soon. Bowl bound by end of October is my prediction.