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Our stalemate in the pick-off was broken this past week, as Adam surged ahead by one after correctly pegging the Iowa-Minnesota game in an otherwise short week.
WEEK 5/SEASON RECORD
Adam Rittenberg: 4-0, 44-6 (.880)
Brian Bennett: 3-1, 43-7 (.860)
Here's one last look at the Week 5 predictions from us and our guest picker, Phillip Mykleby from Minneapolis:
Rewind those predictions ...
Miami (Ohio) at Illinois
Brian Bennett's pick: Illinois 38, Miami 10
Adam Rittenberg's pick: Illinois 31, Miami 13
Actual score: Illinois 50, Miami 14
20-20 hindsight: Excuse us for underestimating your offense, Illini. I said Nathan Scheelhaase would have a fun day, and he did by throwing five touchdown passes, all in the first half. But he came up 72 yards shy of my 350-yard forecast since he took an early seat. Adam called for Josh Ferguson to score twice; he was half right about that.
Northern Illinois at Purdue
Bennett's pick: Northern Illinois 28, Purdue 20
Rittenberg's pick: Northern Illinois 38, Purdue 27
Actual score: Northern Illinois 55, Purdue 24
20-20 hindsight: We weren't far off on Purdue's point totals, but we gave the Boilers' defense far too much credit. Neither of us saw the Huskies tying the record for margin of victory by a MAC team over a Big Ten squad. Probably the less said about this game, the better.
Iowa at Minnesota
Bennett's pick: Minnesota 23, Iowa 21
Rittenberg's pick: Iowa 28, Minnesota 24
Actual score: Iowa 23, Minnesota 7
20-20 hindsight: Kudos to Rittenberg for getting the Floyd winner right, and my apologies to Hawkeyes fans for totally underselling their team. Neither of us thought Minnesota would get so thoroughly dominated at the line of scrimmage by Iowa's defense. Adam was right that the lack of a passing game came back to bite the Gophers. My prediction of a big game by Mitch Leidner couldn't have been more wrong, as the Minnesota quarterback didn't even play.
Wisconsin at Ohio State
Bennett's pick: Ohio State 34, Wisconsin 28
Rittenberg's pick: Ohio State 37, Wisconsin 30
Actual score: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24
20-20 hindsight: Easily our best score prediction of the week, as Adam nailed the margin, and I came closer on the actual score. When in doubt, pick Wisconsin to lose by seven points or less. I correctly pegged Ohio State to get off to a big early lead and then hold on, while my prediction of a Bradley Roby interception of Joel Stave was only partially correct as it didn't seal the win. Adam said Braxton Miller would account for three touchdowns, one shy of his actual total, while his forecast of a 180-yard day for Melvin Gordon was way off as Wisconsin didn't come close to reaching that rushing total as a team.
Now let's see how our guest picker, Phillip, performed:
Illinois 45, Miami (Ohio) 10
Northern Illinois 41, Purdue 28
Iowa 28, Minnesota 24
Ohio State 42, Wisconsin 24
Nice job, Phillip, as you went 4-0 and beat me this week. The Illinois and Northern Illinois score picks were better than ours, although you were off on Ohio State's margin of victory. (If the game ended after the third quarter, though, you would have almost had the margin right).
Who's going to be our guest picker this week? If you're interested, drop us a note here with a short explanation of why we should choose you to do battle in the Week 6 pick off.
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