Week 13: We predict all six 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.

Twelve weeks down, Bardo and Merriman sit atop the season standings, at 70-14. Big Ten fans are one game off the pace.

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Sean MerrimanSean Merriman (@BTNSean)
Season record: 70-14
Week 13 picks: Illinois 28, Purdue 24; Iowa, 27, Michigan 24; Michigan State 38, Northwestern 10; Ohio State 56; Indiana 31; Nebraska 31, Penn State 28; Wisconsin 35, Minnesota 17

Stephen BardoStephen Bardo (@stephenbardo)
Season record: 70-14
Week 13 picks: Illinois 31, Purdue 28; Iowa 28, Michigan 24; Michigan State 35, Northwestern 10; Ohio State 63, Indiana 41; Nebraska 24, Penn State 21; Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 30

FansBig Ten fans
Season record: 69-15
Week 13 picks: See polls below

Tom DienhartTom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart)
Season record: 68-16
Week 13 picks: Illinois 41, Purdue 24; Iowa 24, Michigan 21; Michigan State 37, Northwestern 20; Ohio State 61, Indiana 14; Penn State 29, Nebraska 28; Wisconsin 35, Minnesota 24

Brent YarinaBrent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina)
Season record: 68-16
Week 13 picks: Illinois 30, Purdue 20; Iowa 27, Michigan 23; Michigan State 38, Northwestern 13; Ohio State 66, Indiana 28; Nebraska 31, Penn State 24; Wisconsin 34, Minnesota 17


Illinois (3-7, 0-6) at Purdue (1-9, 0-6) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Listen to Coach Tim Beckman:

Listen to Coach Darrell Hazell:

Michigan (7-3, 3-3) at Iowa (6-4, 3-3) – noon ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Listen to Coach Brady Hoke:

Listen to Coach Kirk Ferentz:

Michigan State (9-1, 6-0) at Northwestern (4-6, 0-6) – noon ET, ESPN

Listen to Coach Mark Dantonio:

Listen to Coach Pat Fitzgerald:

Indiana (4-6, 2-4) at Ohio State (10-0, 6-0) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

Listen to Coach Kevin Wilson:

Listen to Coach Urban Meyer:

Nebraska (7-3, 4-2) at Penn State (6-4, 3-3) – 3:30 p.m. ET, BTN/BTN2Go

Listen to Coach Bo Pelini:

Listen to Coach Bill O’Brien:

Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1)  at Minnesota (8-2, 4-2) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Listen to Coach Gary Andersen:

Listen to Coach Jerry Kill:


Your Opinion?
Show Comments (17 Comments)
John Murphy on 11/20/2013 @ 2:18pm EDT Said:

I’m a rabid Hoosier but I can’t believe 10% picked IU over OSU. Quite frankly, I’m just hopping no one gets hurt.

Badger Fan99 on 11/20/2013 @ 4:45pm EDT Said:

Last week’s opponent, Indiana, averaged over 40 points per game, and had scored not less than 28 points per game – Wisconsin held them to 3. And yet the BTN experts are predicting Minnesota scores from 17 to 30 points… Huh? Go Badgers

Jon vollertsen on 11/20/2013 @ 4:46pm EDT Said:

I’m a die hard husker fan but this penn st game I think is a real toss up, kinda scary actually. Also I would like to see Ohio st and Wisconsin play again Wisconsin is the most improved team from beginning of season

Craig on 11/20/2013 @ 4:48pm EDT Said:

John, sorry to hear you are rabid… and a Hoosier fan… Hope you recover on both accounts.

Mr. Hawkeye on 11/20/2013 @ 10:08pm EDT Said:

#OnIowa #LetsBeatMichigan

Josh on 11/21/2013 @ 1:32am EDT Said:

@Badger Fan99
Can’t judge based on one game. Wisconsin allowed 32 points to Illinois, almost as much as Indiana and OSU allowed (35). All other B1G teams allowed less.

Mike on 11/21/2013 @ 8:16am EDT Said:

Craig, There is no cure. Dispite the weekly meetings in Memorial Stadium, we still keep our hopes alive.
And John, regarding the almost 10% predicting a Hoosier win, you have forgotten that there are a number of Michigan fans who are computer literate and can vote too.

eddy smiley on 11/21/2013 @ 8:44am EDT Said:

actually, mich st is the most improved team from the beginning of the season, badgers were ranked higher than state and everybody was placing them middile of the pack at best, ha ha ha

Richard Brown on 11/21/2013 @ 6:58pm EDT Said:

“We are Penn State” looking for a upset, go lions.

Avy on 11/21/2013 @ 9:05pm EDT Said:

Purdue gets their first Big Ten win this Saturday.

Mike on 11/22/2013 @ 6:41am EDT Said:

Avy, If purdue gets their first BIG win this Saturday, it will be their only one for the year. (The lower case “p” is not an accident.)

D Fish on 11/22/2013 @ 11:25am EDT Said:

Hawks win a cold one @ Kinnick!!

Patrice Gerard on 11/22/2013 @ 11:48am EDT Said:

Michigan just might surprise a few folks this week…they certainly can’t get any worse and they have talent…coaching is suspect, though

maw on 11/22/2013 @ 1:25pm EDT Said:

John Murphy: The (now) 9% who chose IU are die hards who won’t bow to reality even if it bites ’em in the buttocks. That’s precisely why I’m voting for NU to beat MSU even though I don’t really think it’ll happen. But ya gotta represent, right? Besides, on any given day…

Kevin Frey on 11/22/2013 @ 1:29pm EDT Said:

No love for Minny??? A home trophy game versus their rivals to the east. Minnesota wins! Ski-U-Mah….

Ray on 11/22/2013 @ 1:33pm EDT Said:

Hawks can win it if the coach puts it out there and doesn’t get to conservative AGAIN

Dominic Chan on 11/23/2013 @ 12:05am EDT Said:

I’d like to see Gophers advantaged the Badgers before their last game with the Spartans. I have a bad feeling that the Wolverines are going to get beaten at Des Moines. The ‘Huskers are going to scrape out at Happy Valley with OTs