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Ranking Northwestern's Prognosticators, Week 6 (Or, We finally played an FBS team that has the same coach it had last year, and predictions improved markedly)

After four weeks of playing opponents about whom fans could know very little, Northwestern went up against a known commodity this week, and it seems like the volume of information available on Ohio State probably led to better predictions. The MSE for the median prediction this week was 32.00, nearly 37% lower than the previous best median prediction. We also have a new best individual prediction on the season and some reshuffling in the top five.

MNWildcat, who was pretty proud of the Northwestern's performance this weekend, can also be proud of his prediction, which is now the best of the season and moved him up from fourth to second on the season. Jon Davis and C. E. Bell looked like they were on their way to nailing the score exactly, only to be derailed on 4th and inches. Between traveling and tailgating and the game and more traveling, I didn't have time to collect predictions from OSU blogs, and I don't really feel like revisiting that now. If anyone happens to already have a collection of OSU predictions, though, let me know, because it could be interesting. Otherwise, the median opponent prediction will return next week.

On the season, things are tight at the top, especially among the top four, all of whom lowered their MSE from last week. Brian Bennet of ESPN's Big Ten blog rounds out the top five, the best season ranking achieved so far by a representative of the worldwide leader.

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