Big Ten picks rewind: Week 7

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Tuesday's blog will be jam-packed with content, and the picks rewind would have been lost in the shuffle. So the rewind comes to you a day early, which I certainly don't mind after a lousy 3-3 week. Iowa fans absolutely have the right to send I-told-you-sos my way, and after Saturday's showing in Bloomington, I'm through with picking Illinois.

Like I tell my dentist, let's get this over with.


  • The pick: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 23

  • Actual score: Iowa 20, Wisconsin 10

  • 20-20 hindsight: The pick looked good for about a half, but Wisconsin ended up committing the costly turnovers, not Iowa. Hawkeyes cornerback Amari Spievey picked off Scott Tolzien, and Iowa converted for the game-tying touchdown. As predicted, it was entertaining to watch Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield go against Iowa's offensive line, but the Hawkeyes once again found a way to rally and win.


  • The pick: Michigan State 28, Northwestern 23

  • Actual score: Michigan State 24, Northwestern 14

  • 20-20 hindsight: Northwestern controlled the first half before Michigan State's defenders and special teamers began forcing miscues. Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins wound up with two touchdown passes, not three, but running back Larry Caper did score a fourth-quarter rushing touchdown, as predicted. Not a bad forecast here.


  • The pick: Ohio State 30, Purdue 10

  • Actual score: Purdue 26, Ohio State 18

  • 20-20 hindsight: Of my three whiffs this week, this one stings the least because almost no one outside Purdue's locker room saw it coming. Then again, the Buckeyes' offense has been shaky all season and quarterback Terrelle Pryor couldn't continue his solid play away from Columbus. Purdue defenders Ryan Kerrigan, Jason Werner and Brandon King made the big plays, not their Ohio State counterparts.


  • The pick: Michigan 41, Delaware State 7

  • Actual score: Michigan 63, Delaware State 6

  • 20-20 hindsight: I clearly didn't do a good enough job of researching how bad Delaware State actually was before this pick. Michigan's Brandon Minor, forecasted to score two touchdowns, didn't even play, but Denard Robinson came through with one of the two rushing touchdowns I had predicted. The Wolverines defense shut down Delaware State for the most part.


  • The pick: Penn State 28, Minnesota 16

  • Actual score: Penn State 20, Minnesota 0

  • 20-20 hindsight: Eric Decker was hardly a problem for Penn State, which held the Gophers star wide receiver to only one reception. Penn State wideout Chaz Powell had a quiet afternoon but fellow receiver Derek Moye stepped up big with 120 receiving yards and an electrifying touchdown grab. Linebacker Navorro Bowman had a big game, as predicted.


  • The pick: Illinois 27, Indiana 26

  • Actual score: Indiana 27, Illinois 14

  • 20-20 hindsight: At least I was right about Juice Williams starting at quarterback, but the senior couldn't spark a mistake-prone Illini offense. Indiana's Ben Chappell outplayed Williams, and Hoosiers sophomore wideouts Tandon Doss and Damarlo Belcher eclipsed Illinois' overhyped crew of receivers. Both teams weren't very good on defense, but Indiana made more plays.

Week 7 record: 3-3

Season record: 40-17 (.702)