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Big Ten picks rewind: Week 14

Two more wins to pad the record before imploding in bowl picks.

FRESNO STATE-ILLINOIS

  • The pick: Fresno State 33, Illinois 30

  • Actual score: Fresno State 53, Illinois 52

  • 20-20 hindsight: If I predicted that a 350-pound Fresno State offensive tackle (Devan Cunningham) would catch a deflection and tumble into the end zone to score the game-winning 2-point conversion with two seconds left, I wouldn't be typing this post. I'd be in Vegas. As predicted, Ryan Matthews stepped up for Fresno State and Juice Williams finally hooked up with Arrelious Benn for a touchdown pass, but the shootout in Champaign was a surprise.

WISCONSIN-HAWAII

  • The pick: Wisconsin 38, Hawaii 27

  • Actual score: Wisconsin 51, Hawaii 10

  • 20-20 hindsight: I really went out on a limb in predicting John Clay would steamroll Hawaii, and the Badgers sophomore running back came through with 172 rush yards and three touchdowns. On the flip side, I gave Hawaii's passing attack too much credit, as Wisconsin limited the Warriors to only 197 pass yards. As predicted, Wisconsin defensive end O'Brien Schofield came through with two sacks, though fellow end J.J. Watt was an even more disruptive force.

Week 14 record: 2-0

Season record: 64-24 (.727)