Our picks

h2. Illinois at No. 21 Penn State

*Turkin (28-12)*

PSU 30, Illinois 17

I just can’t see the Illini taking two in a row in Happy Valley.

*Souligne (28-12)*

PSU 13, Illinois 10

I don’t know what happened to Illinois’ offense, but waiting until halfway through the fourth quarter to start scoring is not a recipe for success.

*Voit (26-14)*

PSU 20, Illinois 18

Illinois has shown an inability to stop elite interior defensive linemen, and Penn State’s Devon Still and Jordan Hill are a handful.

*Asofsky (26-14)*

PSU 21, Illinois 10

Beaver Stadium. More than 100,000 people. This Illini team likes the underdog mentality, but it won’t repeat what it did last year.

h2. No. 6 Clemson at Georgia Tech

*Turkin*

Clemson 27, Ga. Tech 21

This one will be a good one because of Tech’s triple option, but the better team will prevail.

*Souligne*

Clemson 28, Ga. Tech 14

Clemson is one of the season’s biggest surprises and is definitely no fluke.

*Voit*

Ga. Tech 34, Clemson 31

Clemson has had trouble stopping the run at times this season and has dropped the last three games in this series in Atlanta. Upset of the week.

*Asofsky*

Clemson 27, Ga. Tech 17

The Tigers are a sleeper for the national championship. They’ve been sitting idly by the ACC waiting for slip-ups.

h2. No. 11 Oklahoma at No. 10 Kansas State

*Turkin*

Oklahoma 30, KSU 20

Bob Stoops won’t let his troops drop two in a row.

*Souligne*

Oklahoma 45, KSU 31

Oklahoma shouldn’t have lost to Texas Tech, and it’s going to prove it at the expense of K-State.

*Voit*

Oklahoma 28, KSU 17

OU’s freefall in the poll was uncalled for; this is an elite team that is still my head-and-shoulders favorite in the Big 12.

*Asofsky*

Oklahoma 31, KSU 21

It seems every year Oklahoma has that one misstep. Despite their loss to Texas Tech, the Sooners are still a top 3 team talent-wise.

h2. No. 9 Michigan State at No. 13 Nebraska

*Turkin*

Nebraska 34, MSU 31

Homecoming in Lincoln. Winner has a clear path to Indy.

*Souligne*

MSU 24, Nebraska 12

MSU’s defense helps it avoid a letdown after last week’s crazy emotional victory over Wisconsin.

*Voit*

Nebraska 20, MSU 17

It’ll be hard for MSU to come out with passion again after that emotional win over Wisconsin. Remember MSU’s offense has had difficulties at points this year.

*Asofsky*

Nebraska 17, MSU 14

Michigan State is riding high after beating Wisconsin on the last play of the game. This is a classic letdown game. Nebraska has everything to prove.

h2. Purdue at No. 17 Michigan

*Turkin*

Michigan 42, Purdue 20

The Maize and Blue won’t slip up like the Orange and Blue.

*Souligne*

Michigan 34, Purdue 16

Purdue isn’t nearly as good as the Illini made them look — they had just 75 yards after halftime but got bailed out by the suddenly anemic Illini offense.

*Voit*

Michigan 34, Purdue 16

Purdue’s offense showed its true colors in the second half of last Saturday’s win over Illinois.

*Asofsky*

Michigan 35, Purdue 13

Purdue didn’t even play that well last week, the Illini just played that bad. No chance the Boilermakers get back-to-back wins over ranked opponents.