Pioneer Press Big Ten football picks: Week 13

Gophers beat reporter Andy Greder picks this weekend’s games involving Big Ten teams:

Friday

No. 16 IOWA at NEBRASKA, 12:30 p.m. BTN

The Cornhuskers have a backup quarterback and Scott Frost hasn’t won many close games, so it says more that the Hawkeyes have become a 1-point underdog. Iowa, 17-16

Saturday

MARYLAND at RUTGERS, 11 a.m. BTN

A tradition unlike any other. Maryland, 18-16

No. 2 OHIO STATE at No. 5 MICHIGAN, 11 a.m. FOX

Rivalry games are better when they flip sides. For the love of not writing the same thing again … Michigan, 34-31

NORTHWESTERN at ILLINOIS, 2:30 p.m. BTN

The rest of the Big Ten raids this city and state in recruiting, and it leads to these November games not registering outside its borders. Illinois, 20-12

INDIANA at PURDUE, 2:30 p.m. FS1

The Bucket! Never in its old, oaken days have the Gophers wanted this rivalry to go to the Boilermakers more. If Purdue wins — and Huskers do, too — Minnesota has a shot to take the West with a win over Wisconsin. Purdue, 28-9

PENN STATE at No. 12 MICHIGAN STATE, 2:30 p.m. ABC

Chuckled at ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg’s GIF of The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns and Smithers throwing cash at each other after both head coaches Mel Tucker and James Franklin got PAID this week. Penn State, $$-$$  

No. 14 WISCONSIN at MINNESOTA, 3 p.m.  FOX

With Badgers, it’s Axe Week. For Minnesota, it’s mostly Axe Weak. OC Mike Sanford Jr. said his call sheet wouldn’t be to far from his Thanksgiving meal, yet with P.J. Fleck, we’ll believe in the gravy play calls in a big game when we see ‘em. Wisconsin, 23-20

Our picks: 80-17

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