A look back at the Week 7 picks
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
The day started poorly and ended up decently, a 4-2 record overall. It wasn't a great week overall for score predictions. Guess I got cocky after Week 6.
It's time for an abridged review of last week's picks.
- My pick: Iowa 24, Indiana 20
- Game result: Iowa 45, Indiana 9
- 20-20 hindsight: It made sense that the Hawkeyes would break through, but the offensive surge from running backs Shonn Greene and Jewel Hampton and quarterback Ricky Stanzi was impressive. A mistake-ridden Indiana team hurt itself and Iowa cashed in for a much-needed blowout.
- My pick: Michigan 30, Toledo 13
- Game result: Toledo 13, Michigan 10
- 20-20 hindsight: Swing and a miss here, but hey, at least I got the Rockets' score right. Shame on me for thinking the Wolverines would respond to Rich Rodriguez's challenge. Michigan is a total mess on offense, and things will only get worse this week in Happy Valley.
- My pick: Illinois 34, Minnesota 24
- Game result: Minnesota 27, Illinois 20
- 20-20 hindsight: The Illini waited too long to feature their big-play offense and Minnesota forced Juice Williams into mistakes. The Gophers' defensive surge behind Ted Roof is one of the Big Ten's best stories this season. They have added another believer after knocking off the Illini.
- My pick: Ohio State 34, Purdue 17
- Game result: Ohio State 16, Purdue 3
- 20-20 hindsight: No offensive touchdowns turned this game into a clunker, as Ohio State survived because of defense and special teams. Purdue coach Joe Tiller continues to stick with quarterback Curtis Painter despite the offense's struggles to find the end zone this season. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes will need to be much better this week at Michigan State.
- My pick: Michigan State 23, Northwestern 21
- Game result: Michigan State 37, Northwestern 20
- 20-20 hindsight: Take out the first quarter and the game played out about as I predicted, but Northwestern's jittery play in the spotlight changed the complexion. Michigan State's Brian Hoyer outplayed his Northwestern counterpart, C.J. Bacher, who continues to throw interceptions despite loads of experience.
- My pick: Penn State 30, Wisconsin 24
- Game result: Penn State 48, Wisconsin 7
- 20-20 hindsight: Most expected a better showing from the Badgers, who have quickly seen their season go down the drain. The big plays were there for Penn State all game long, and quarterback Daryll Clark capitalized in the second half. Wisconsin's rudderless offense went nowhere, and the Badgers dropped to 0-3 in league play.
Season record: 47-9 (83.9 percent)