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)
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
1:57 4th Qtr 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 5:16 2nd Qtr Western Michigan 10 Air Force 13 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State