Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, November 4, 2012
Before we turn our attention to Week 11, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 10 predictions. Believe it or not, we all went a perfect 5-0 in a week that, to be honest, wasn't littered with many tough games. So, we'll enter Week 11 with BTN.com fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot.
Tom: 59-20; .747
BTN.com fans: 59-20; .747
Brent: 56-23; .709
Michigan 35, Minnesota 13
Tom's pick: Michigan, 29-28 – The Wolverines? superior defense will be the difference in what will be a back-and-forth battle for the Little Brown Jug. Oh, and don?t worry about Denard?s elbow. He won?t need it much, as he?ll have a big day running the ball (150? 200 yards?).
Brent's pick: Michigan, 37-20 – Healthy wing or not, Denard Robinson torches teams like Minnesota with eye-popping statistical days. He'll have a big day on the ground and Michigan's defense should give Philip Nelson a wake-up call.
Indiana 24, Iowa 21
Tom's pick: Indiana, 33-29 – It?s not too late to hop on the Hoosier bandwagon! Indiana?s Cinderella push to the Big Ten championship game will get juicer and more exciting after it scores on its last possession. Someone call 9-1-1!
Brent's pick: Indiana, 27-24 – I'm not as sold on Indiana as some are following last week's win at reeling Illinois. That said, it's tough to have much confidence in Iowa's offense – even against a vulnerable Hoosier defense.
Ohio State 52, Illinois 22
Tom's pick: Ohio State, 48-7 – Go ahead and pick a score, any score. That?s likely what the Buckeyes will be able to do in this battle between the Big Ten?s best and worst. It?s time to clear the bench, Brutus. Yes, even the backup long snapper gets in. Next!
Brent's pick: Ohio State, 45-14 – This one will be over early, with the only question being: Does Urban Meyer take Braxton Miller out to avoid injury or keep him in there to pad stats, Heisman candidacy?
Penn State 34, Purdue 9
Tom's pick: Penn State, 31-24 – The desperate Boilermakers will put up a valiant fight-and perhaps even lead at halftime. But that?s when the Nittany Lions? superior coaching and defense (perhaps a pick six?) will take over.
Brent's pick: Penn State, 34-20 – The last time Penn State lost it rattled off five consecutive wins, including three Big Ten triumphs. This team has too many leaders to lose focus, momentum after last week's home loss to Ohio State.
Nebraska 28, Michigan State 24
Tom's pick: Nebraska, 24-21 – Great offense (Cornhuskers) vs. great defense (Spartans). Which unit can impose its will on the other? It may come down to how well the MSU offense does vs. a surging Nebraska defense. Bet you weren?t expecting that, huh?
Brent's pick: Nebraska, 27-20 – They say a great defense stops a great offense, and that may be the case in this one. But as good as Michigan State's defense is, it will need a lot more help from its offense to keep up with, perhaps, the Big Ten's best offense.