The Big Ten had only one game on tap Saturday, but what a game it was. Wisconsin and Michigan State produced another instant classic in the inaugural Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.
We split on the championship prediction, and I moved a bit closer to Bennett in the standings before the decisive bowl season kicks off later this month. Ten Big Ten teams are in action from Dec. 27-Jan. 3, and there will be some differences in our predictions, increasing the drama.
Let's step into the rewind machine and take a look back at the title game pick.
Brian Bennett's pick: Michigan State 35, Wisconsin 31
Adam Rittenberg's pick: Wisconsin 31, Michigan State 27
Actual score: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
20-20 hindsight: We both ended up close on the margin of victory, although both offenses performed better than we expected. My prediction that "the Spartans will lead a good portion of the game as Kirk Cousins and his receivers B.J. Cunningham and Keshawn Martin find some gaps in the Wisconsin defense" certainly came true as Cousins recorded 281 pass yards and three touchdowns and Martin and Cunningham both recorded 115 receiving yards (Cunningham had three touchdowns). Brian also correctly pegged Wisconsin to make fewer mistakes than it did in the teams' first meeting, while his prediction that Spartans defensive tackle Jerel Worthy would cause some disruption also came true. I correctly pegged Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson for a big fourth quarter, but it was a Montee Ball run, not a Wilson pass, which accounted for the game-winning touchdown.
Brian Bennett: 73-25 (.745)
Adam Rittenberg: 72-26 (.735)