OUR PREDICTIONS: Picks for week 4

h2. Western Michigan at No. 24 Illinois

*Souligne (11-4)*

_Illinois 35, WMU 10_

The Illini haven’t started 4-0 since 1951, the last time they won a national championship.

*Turkin (9-6)*

_Illinois 42, WMU 9_

I don’t see this being a Ford Field replay.

*Voit (10-5)*

_Illinois 30, WMU 17_

The Broncos sport a few highly touted transfers in former Michigan OT Dann O’Neill and one-time Miami Hurricanes safety Doug Wiggins.

*Asofsky (7-8)*

Illinois 31, WVU 10

Remember when this defense was supposed to finish last in the Big Ten?

h2. No. 2 LSU at No. 16 West Virginia

*Souligne*

_LSU 24, WVU 13_

I’ve been to both Louisiana and West Virginia. Louisiana was better.

*Turkin*

LSU 27, WVU 21

Is this a preview for a yearly conference showdown for West Va? The SEC is for the big boys.

*Voit*

LSU 26, WVU 21

LSU has allowed a staggering 47.7 rushing yards a game this season against a tough nonconference slate.

*Asofsky*

_LSU 24, WVU 10_

Beating Oregon, Mississippi and West Virginia to open the season 4-0 — TLU. Total Les Move.

h2. No. 14 Arkansas at No. 3 Alabama

*Souligne*

_Arkansas 17, Alabama 14_

Am I the only one who doesn’t like Nick Saban?

*Turkin*

_Alabama 21, Arkansas 14_

Yes Joe, you’re in the minority. Most people, including this guy like Nick Saban (at least as a college coach).

*Voit*

Alabama 28, Arkansas 17

Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw is having another standout year with 4.5 tackles for loss. The defense gets it done yet again.

*Asofsky*

_Alabama 20, Arkansas 17_

Roll tide.

h2. No. 7 Oklahoma State at No. 8 Texas A&M

*Souligne*

_OK State 28, Texas A&M 20_

Only two wide receivers have ever won the Heisman Trophy, but Justin Blackmon just might make that three this season.

*Turkin*

_OK State 30, Texas A&M 20_

Two words: Justin Blackmon

*Voit*

OK State 32, Texas A&M 30

The Cowboys withstood the nation’s strangest test last week when they took down Tulsa in a weather-challenged game that began after midnight.

*Asofsky*

_OK State 28, Texas A&M 24_

Justin Blackmon only had 57 yards against Tulsa. Expect at least double that this week.

h2. No. 11 Florida State at No. 21 Clemson

*Souligne*

_FSU 23, Clemson 16_

I’m giving FSU one last chance before I swear them off forever.

*Turkin*

_FSU 27, Clemson 14_

Don’t make me regret this Jimbo Fisher.

*Voit*

FSU 21, Clemson 18

Judging by his passionate postgame interview last week after knocking off Auburn, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney may install a few packages for himself.

*Asofsky*

_Clemson 17, FSU 14_

Florida State traveling into Death Valley after a big Clemson win over Auburn. Tigers have the momentum.