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FBS College Football Predictions - Week Four
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Scott Haynes, College Football Senior Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below is a compilation of The Sports Network's predictions for the top games in Week 4 of the college football season. (Detailed previews for each game can be found by following the "Top 25 scoreboard" link within the FBS college football section of sportsnetwork.com)

(20) Texas A&M (3-0) at Miami-Florida (2-1) Thursday, 7 pm

This should be a good one, as A&M hasn't proven it should be considered one of the top teams in the nation just yet. Miami, on the other hand, has a lot to prove and a win would go a long way for this team's confidence. It should be a tightly played game all the way though, with the Aggies' ground attack eventually wearing down the Hurricanes en route to the victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas A&M 24, Miami-Florida 17

- Ralph Lauro

(4) Oklahoma (3-0) at Tulsa (2-0), Friday, 8 pm

OU has been simply dominant in the early going, but this will be its toughest opponent thus far. Tulsa has flourished with its spread attack and that passing game will surely be put to the test. The Sooners though, are simply the better team on both sides of the ball and should have no problems scoring points and slowing down the Hurricane enough to earn the victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oklahoma 42, Tulsa 20

- Ralph Lauro

East Carolina (1-2) at (5) West Virginia (3-0), Saturday, 12 pm

The Mountaineers appear to be unstoppable and it's unlikely they will be slowed down in front of their home fans this weekend. With Steve Slaton and Pat White once again leading the way, expect WVU to run its way to victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: West Virginia 34, East Carolina 17

- Ralph Lauro

(15) Clemson (3-0) at North Carolina State (1-2), Saturday, 12 pm

The Wolfpack have had troubles this season with stopping the run and will now be forced to halt one of the nation's top backfield duos in James Davis and C.J. Spiller. To make matters worse, Cullen Harper is on fire under center for Clemson and will probably find a way to earn a tough road win in Raleigh this weekend.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 24, NC State 18

- Scott Haynes

North Carolina (1-2) at (23) South Florida (2-0), Saturday, 12 pm

The Bulls have had a few weeks to let their big win soak in, and now the team must avoid being overconfident against a dangerous UNC club this weekend. USF has a stingy defense and that, along with a big game from quarterback Matt Grothe, should help it come out on top in this one.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: South Florida 34, North Carolina 13

- Ralph Lauro

Syracuse (0-3) at (18) Louisville (2-1), Saturday, 12 pm

Louisville has shown plenty of weakness on the defensive side of the ball, but it should still be able to slow down an inept Syracuse offensive this weekend. The Cardinals will surely light up the scoreboard, as they cruise past a dismal Orange club for yet another home victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisville 50, Syracuse 20

- Ralph Lauro

Ball State (2-1) at (24) Nebraska (2-1), Saturday, 12:30 pm

Ball State is no pushover, but another road victory for the Cardinals is unlikely this weekend. Nebraska is undoubtedly eager to get back to action, and the Huskers need Sam Keller to cut back on the turnovers. Expect him to do just that.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nebraska 42, Ball State 14

- Pat Taggart

(3) Florida (3-0) at Ole Miss (1-2), Saturday, 12:30 pm

Don't expect this game to be close, as Florida figures to score at will. At this point, it appears that the Gators have what it takes to make another serious run at college football's top prize.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida 50, Ole Miss 10

- Pat Taggart

Army (1-2) at (14) Boston College (3-0), Saturday, 1 pm

This Boston College team is outstanding on both sides of the football and is far superior to Army. Expect yet another big-time performance from quarterback Matt Ryan, who has the attention of every NFL scout.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 31, Army 6

- Pat Taggart

William & Mary (2-1) at (17) Virginia Tech (2-1), Saturday, 1:30

William & Mary is a dangerous opponent because of the passing game and the fact that the club has nothing to lose. Everyone expects Tech to win this game, and it certainly will, but don't be surprised if the Tribe puts up a decent fight early on.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 31, William & Mary 13

- Pat Taggart

Illinois State (2-1) at (25) Missouri (3-0), Saturday, 2 pm

Illinois State is a quality FCS program, but has little chance of hanging with the high-octane Tigers this weekend.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Missouri 41, Illinois State 17

- Scott Haynes

(10) Penn State (3-0) at Michigan (2-1), Saturday, 3:30 pm

Was Michigan that good last week, or are the Irish simply that bad? The argument can be made both ways, but the Wolverines must put that game behind them and maintain their focus as they turn their attention to the always challenging docket of Big Ten games. Penn State is clearly the most talented team UM has faced here in the first month, and while the Wolverines are likely to be fired up to get to .500 on the year, expect the Lions to prevail in what should be another battle in this ultra-competitive series.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Penn State 34, Michigan 24

- Frank Haynes

Northwestern (2-1) at (8) Ohio State (3-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

OSU has proven to be a complete team after three games, and it should have no trouble continuing its success against a Northwestern team that is coming off a bad loss. The Buckeyes should be able to pound the ball on the ground and dominate on defense, as they break the school record for most consecutive regular-season wins.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Ohio State 42, Northwestern 13

- Ralph Lauro

(12) South Carolina (3-0) at (2) L-S-U (3-0), Saturday, 3:30 pm

South Carolina got too much credit for beating a mediocre Georgia team. The Gamecocks will get destroyed by a far superior team this weekend, as LSU continues to dominate every opponent in its path.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: LSU 42, South Carolina 3

- Pat Taggart

Arizona (1-2) at (6) California (3-0), Saturday, 6 pm

The Golden Bears have way too much offensive firepower for Arizona to contain or counter. Jeff Tedford has his team running on all cylinders and that isn't likely to change this week.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: California 34, Arizona 17

- Scott Haynes

(21) Kentucky (3-0) at Arkansas (1-1), Saturday, 6 pm

Expect plenty of offense in this showdown, as Andre Woodson and Darren McFadden very well could be Heisman finalists at season's end. Although Kentucky is on a roll and playing with a wealth of confidence, expect the Hogs to pull out a narrow victory in front of the home crowd.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arkansas 37, Kentucky 34

- Pat Taggart

Rice (0-3) at (7) Texas (3-0), Saturday, 7 pm

Colt McCoy and Jamaal Charles will have a chance to pad their stats this week. Texas players have heard plenty of criticism, and they figure to respond by crushing Rice.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas 49, Rice 6

- Pat Taggart

(22) Georgia (2-1) at (16) Alabama (3-0), Saturday, 7:45 pm

Alabama is sure to enter this weekend's tilt with a wealth of confidence. Add an energetic home crowd to the occasion and the Tide should be able to maintain an undefeated record by knocking off the Bulldogs.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Alabama 27, Georgia 17

- Pat Taggart

Washington State (2-1) at (1) U-S-C (2-0), Saturday, 8 pm

This one will probably be a shootout. While WSU can hang with most teams offensively, it will be the Trojans that make more big plays, en route to yet another Pac-10 victory on their homefield.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: USC 41, Washington State 24

- Scott Haynes

Iowa (2-1) at (9) Wisconsin (3-0), Saturday, 8 pm

The Badgers need to find their swagger on defense or their dream of a Big Ten championship will go by the wayside. What better way to get back on track than to face an offense that has had its share of trouble moving the football and putting points on the board? In what should be a physical battle throughout, expect the home team to prevail.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wisconsin 24, Iowa 20

- Frank Haynes

(13) Oregon (3-0) at Stanford (1-1), Saturday, 10 pm

Sure, Stanford is coming off a lopsided victory and has the advantage of playing at home this week, but Oregon is clearly the better team in this matchup. Expect the Ducks to double up the Cardinal in keeping their perfect record intact.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Oregon 42, Stanford 21

- Pat Taggart

Charleston Southern (1-2) at (19) Hawaii (3-0), Saturday, 11:59 pm

By running the ball as much as he did in the red zone this past weekend, Colt Brennan set himself up for big production this Saturday through the air. While he probably won't see much action in the second half yet again, the Warriors will have their fourth win of the season tightly locked away.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Hawaii 56, Charleston Southern 7

- Gregg Xenakes

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Scott Haynes at shaynes@sportsnetwork.com.
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