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Big Ten football predictions: Week 4

Updated: September 30, 2011 6:07PM



CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE

Time: 11 a.m., ESPNU.

Records: CMU 1-2, Mich. St. 2-1.

The story line: There will be no hangover from the loss to Notre Dame with a MAC team to beat up on. Besides, Sparty won’t have time to feel bad with a trip to Columbus coming next week.

The line: Michigan State by 23.

Cowley’s pick: Mich. State, 44-13.

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SAN DIEGO STATE AT NO. 22 MICHIGAN

Time: 11 a.m., BTN.

Records: S.D. St. 3-0, Mich. 3-0.

The story line: Brady Hoke welcomes his former team to Ann Arbor, so he should know firsthand what the mission is: Stop running back Ronnie Hillman.

The line: Michigan by 91/2.

Cowley’s pick: Michigan, 28-24.

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EASTERN MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE

Time: 11 a.m., ESPN2/ESPN3.

Records: EMU 2-1, Penn State 2-1.

The story line: Another MAC team looking for a big payday against a Big Ten team, and the story usually ends the same: Get your money, take your beating.

The line: Penn State by 30.

Cowley’s pick: Penn State, 34-13.

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LOUISIANA-MONROE AT IOWA

Time: 11 a.m., BTN.

Records: La-Monroe 1-2, Iowa 2-1.

The story line: Nothing like a tune-up for the Hawkeyes, who have a bye week before starting Big Ten play Oct. 8 in Happy Valley.

The line: Iowa by 171/2.

Cowley’s pick: Iowa, 35-17.

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COLORADO AT OHIO STATE

Time: 2:30 p.m., Ch. 7.

Records: Colo. 1-2, Ohio State 2-1.

The story line: The Buckeyes’ showing last week in South Beach was embarrassing, with their quarterbacks combining to go 4-for-18 for 35 yards through the air. They might want to tweak that.

The line: Ohio State by 161/2.

Cowley’s pick: Ohio State, 28-23.

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SOUTH DAKOTA AT NO. 6 WISCONSIN

Time: 2:30 p.m., BTN.

Records: SD 2-1, Wisconsin 3-0.

The story line: Much like Ivan Drago, whatever the Badgers hit, they destroy. Don’t worry about some sort of letdown game with Nebraska coming to town next weekend, either.

The line: No line.

Cowley’s pick: Wisconsin, 55-6.

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N. DAKOTA STATE AT MINNESOTA

Time: 6 p.m., BTN.

Records: N.D. St. 2-0, Minn. 1-2.

The story line: The Gophers have been Jekyll and Hyde from week to week, going toe-to-toe with USC in the season opener before losing to New Mexico State and struggling with Miami of Ohio.

The line: No line.

Cowley’s pick: Minnesota, 27-21.

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INDIANA AT NORTH TEXAS

Time: 6 p.m., ESPN3.

Records: Indiana 1-2, N. Texas 0-3.

The story line: The Hoosiers might want to win this week down in North Texas because it might be the last victory they get until the season finale against Purdue.

The line: Indiana by 7.

Cowley’s pick: Indiana, 35-21.

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NO. 9 NEBRASKA AT WYOMING

Time: 6:30 p.m., Versus.

Records: Nebraska 3-0, Wyoming 3-0.

The story line: The Cowboys are unbeaten — against Weber State, Texas State and Bowling Green, that is. Wyoming, meet Nebraska.Nebraska, meet 4-0 going into Wisconsin next week.

The line: Nebraska by 23.

Cowley’s pick: Nebraska, 49-13.



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