Big Ten Football Game by Game Predictions: Week 4

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Sep 19, 2015; Durham, NC, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Justin Jackson (21) runs the ball against Duke Blue Devils safety Jeremy Cash (16) in their game at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Middle Tennessee (2-1, 1-0) vs. Illinois (2-1) at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNews

Illinois, led by Wes Lunt, should have no problem winning this one by double-digits and improving to 3-1 on the season, heading into Big Ten play. Lunt will connect with senior wide out Geronimo Allison five times for 105 yards and two touchdowns while the Fighting Illini prove, once again, that life without Tim Beckman is so much better.

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Prediciton: Middle Tennessee 20, Illinois 37

Ball State (2-1, 1-0) vs. No. 17 Northwestern (3-0) at 8 p.m. ET on BTN

Ball State’s offense just doesn’t stand a chance against quite possibly the best defense Pat Fitzgerald has had during his tenure as the Northwestern Wildcats‘ head coach. Although Ball State averages about 466 total yards per game, the Northwestern defense surrenders just under 240.

Clayton Thorson will have his best game in a Wildcats’ uniform and Justin Jackson will break the 100-yard mark for the rushing offense. All-around solid game as the Wildcats improve to 4-0 and will once again move up in the rankings.

Prediction: Ball State 14, Northwestern 31

Hawaii (2-1) vs. No. 22 Wisconsin (2-1) at 8 p.m. ET on BTN

Hawaii showed that it could barely move the ball against Ohio State in week two and it will show quite the same thing against Wisconsin in week four.

The Badgers will be without star running back Corey Clement once again as he is undergoing hernia surgery and will likely miss a month. Joel Stave, however, will torch the Hawaii secondary as he continues to improve and Max Wittek will struggle against a solid Wisconsin defense.

Prediction: Hawaii 6, Wisconsin 31

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