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Monday, December 2, 2013
Big Ten picks rewind: Week 14

By Adam Rittenberg

Northwestern and Illinois played Saturday for the Land of Lincoln trophy, affectionally labeled LOL because of the teams' respective 4-7 records.

Brian Bennett and I had something just as significant, or perhaps more so, on the line in the Wildcats-Illini contest. Thirteen weeks of predictions came down to one game: The winner would enjoy dinner on the loser's tab Friday night in Indianapolis before the Big Ten championship game.

Well, Bennett is the one LOLing after Northwestern ended its seven-game slide with a three-point win against Illinois. I'll be a little lighter in the wallet Friday night after a poor finish to my predictions.

Week 14/Season record

Brian Bennett: 4-2/80-16
Adam Rittenberg: 3-3/79-17

Here's one last look at the Week 14 predictions from us and guest picker Jarrod Reese from Sioux City, Iowa.

It's rewind time ...

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

Ugh, glad that's over. Now let's see how Jarrod fared:

Iowa 23, Nebraska 17
Michigan State 28, Minnesota 6
Ohio State 52, Michigan 17
Wisconsin 35, Penn State 13
Indiana 45, Purdue 17
Northwestern 17, Illinois 14

An impressive showing, as Jarrod actually beat both of us with a 5-1 mark, thanks to his Hawkeyes knocking off Nebraska in Lincoln. Other than his Northwestern-Illinois victory margin, his score predictions weren't great, although we're not ones to talk.