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College football predictions: Area teams, Week 3

Updated: November 10, 2011 11:04AM



ILLINOIS VS. ARIZONA STATE

Time: 6 p.m. BTN, 560-AM

Records: Illinois 2-0; ASU 2-0

The story line: Illinois’ competition level ratchets up significantly by hosting the No. 22 Sun Devils, who beat Missouri 37-30 behind 6-8 junior QB Brock Osweiler’s 353 yards passing and 3 TDs.

The line: Illinois by 1

Patrick Z. McGavin’s pick: Illinois 34-31

NOTRE DAME VS. MICHIGAN STATE

Time: 2:30 p.m. Ch. 5, 890-AM

Records: MSU 2-0, Notre Dame 0-2

The story line: A Fighting Irish team desperate for a win takes on its toughest opponent to date in a game that could define Notre Dame’s season.

The line: Irish by 41/2

Neil Hayes’ pick: ND 20-17

NORTHWESTERN AT ARMY

Time: 2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network, 1000-AM

Records: NU 2-0; Army 0-2

The story line: The Black Knights have rushed for over 700 yards in two games and quarterback Trent Steelman rushed for a career-high 157 yards and three touchdowns last week against San Diego State.

The line: NU by 91/2.

Tina Akouris’ pick: NU 35-28

NORTHERN ILLINOIS VS. WISCONSIN

Time: 2:30 p.m. ESPN3.com, 670-AM, 1360-AM

Records: NIU 1-1, Wisconsin 2-0

The story line: In losing 45-42 to Kansas last week, NU was impressive on offense and pitiful on defense. The No. 8 Badgers are strong as usual, partly because NIU coach Dave Doeren was an assistant there five years before joining NIU.

The line: Wisconsin by 17.

Lacy J. Banks’ pick: Wisconsin 52-21



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