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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Big Ten picks rewind: Week 9

By Adam Rittenberg

From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, this is the story of my picks the last two weeks.

After recording the first perfect week of picks in Week 8 (6-0), I didn't just take a step back with the Week 9 predictions. I fell flat on my tuchus. It's hard to go below-.500 in picks, but I managed to do it, finishing 2-4. Brian Bennett didn't do much better, going 4-2, but he had the right selection on both games where we differed. My faith in Purdue cost me yet again, while Michigan State and Ohio State made both of us look like fools.

As a result, we have a race heading into the final month of the season. My lead in the season standings is down to three games. Maybe Bennett will get out of buying dinner after all.

WEEK 9/SEASON RECORDS

Adam Rittenberg: 2-4, 56-18 (.757)

Brian Bennett: 4-2, 53-21 (.716)

As the condemned says to the executioner, let's get this over with ...

Iowa at Northwestern
Indiana at Illinois
Michigan State at Wisconsin
Purdue at Minnesota
Ohio State at Penn State
Michigan at Nebraska: