Week 13 predictions: UI gains steam

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Week 13 predictions: UI gains steam

Week 13 games
Illinois at Purdue
Michigan State at Northwestern
Michigan at Iowa
Texas A&M at LSU
Wisconsin at Minnesota
BYU at Notre Dame
Nebraska at Penn State
Arizona State at UCLA
Missouri at Mississippi
Baylor at Oklahoma State

Bob Asmussen, The News-Gazette (84-36 overall, 7-3 last week)
Illinois
Michigan State
Iowa
LSU
Wisconsin
BYU
Nebraska
UCLA
Missouri
Oklahoma State

Comment: We have never discussed the prize for the winning picker: How about a night on the town with Loren Tate? Home by 7 p.m.

John Beck, The News-Gazette (88-32 overall, 8-2 last week)
Illinois
Michigan State
Iowa
Texas A&M
Wisconsin
Notre Dame
Nebraska
UCLA
Missouri
Baylor

Comment: Illini will finally break the Big Ten losing streak and set up a chance for a couple of wins to end the season.

Matt Daniels, The News-Gazette (82-38 overall, 6-4 last week)
Illinois
Michigan State
Michigan
Texas A&M
Wisconsin
BYU
Nebraska
UCLA
Missouri
Baylor

Comment: Unless Darrell Hazell can find another year of eligibility for Drew Brees, Boilermakers will hit double-digit loss mark for first time since 1993.

Tim Ditman, WDWS (82-38 overall, 8-2 last week)
Illinois
Michigan State
Iowa
Texas A&M
Wisconsin
Notre Dame
Nebraska
Arizona State
Missouri
Baylor

Comment: Come tomorrow, Illini nation’s long national nightmare will be over.

Marcus Jackson, The News-Gazette (85-35 overall, 8-2 last week)
Illinois
Michigan State
Michigan
Texas A&M
Wisconsin
Notre Dame
Penn State
UCLA
Missouri
Baylor

Comment: I broke my own rule — I said I wasn’t going to pick the Illini again this year until they won a game. But they’ve shown signs of life the last two weeks. Plus, Purdue is really, really bad.

Steve Kelly, WDWS (85-35 overall, 7-3 last week)
Illinois
Michigan State
Iowa
LSU
Wisconsin
Notre Dame
Nebraska
UCLA
Missouri
Baylor

Comment: The offense carries the Illini in breaking the 20-game Big Ten losing streak.

Kurt Kittner, WDWS (82-38 overall, 6-4 last week)
Illinois
Michigan State
Iowa
Texas A&M
Wisconsin
Notre Dame
Nebraska
UCLA
Missouri
Baylor

Comment: High-octane offense for Illinois puts up enough points to finally end Big Ten losing streak.

Martin O’Donnell, WDWS (88-32 overall, 8-2 last week)
Illinois
Michigan State
Iowa
LSU
Wisconsin
BYU
Nebraska
UCLA
Missouri
Baylor

Comment: Baylor-OSU is the de facto Big 12 title game.  It should be a fantastic game and could move Baylor one step closer to playing for the national championship, showing the Illini and Baylor took very different paths after the 2010 Texas Bowl.
 

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