Big Ten pick rewind: Week 13

There was only one game on the docket last week, so here's a quick look back.


  • The pick: Cincinnati 38, Illinois 27

  • Actual score: Cincinnati 49, Illinois 36

  • 20-20 hindsight: Once again, my margin of victory wasn't too far off, though the teams nearly matched the predicted final score at halftime (Cincinnati led 35-20). It turned out that Illinois' passing attack, led by quarterback Juice Williams, proved to be a much bigger factor than the run game. As predicted, Cincinnati wide receiver Mardy Gilyard caught two touchdowns, one of the controversial variety, but tight end Ben Guidugli gave Illinois much more trouble. Quarterback Tony Pike went off for six touchdowns and as predicted, Cincinnati pulled away behind its dominant offense.

Week 13 record: 1-0

Season record: 62-24 (.721)