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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Predicting the 2014 season: Week 4

By Brandon Chatmon and Max Olson

Our series of preseason picks for every single Big 12 game of 2014 continues today with Week 4. This week features one of college football's most intriguing nonconference matchups, plus our second conference game of the season.

More Big 12 predictions for 2014.

Auburn 34, Kansas State 24: Nick Marshall returns to the state where he once played juco ball and has just enough magic and help (WR D'haquille Williams has his coming-out party) to win a tricky game on a big Thursday-night stage. Tyler Lockett is as good as any receiver the Tigers will see in 2013, and K-State makes it interesting early in the fourth quarter, but the defending SEC champs have too much talent back to lose in Manhattan.

Oklahoma 35, West Virginia 20: If you're hoping for the thrilling 50-49 redux of the last time OU went to Morgantown, you're in for disappointment. Trevor Knight avenges another bad memory of 2013 with three TD passes and WVU's stable of backs get stymied by a Sooner defense that's only getting stronger by the week.

Kansas 24, Central Michigan 21: A last-second field goal is the difference for Kansas against a CMU team that'll go on to win six games. The experienced Chippewas give KU all they can handle, but Nick Harwell went for 215 receiving yards against this team in 2012 (while at Miami, Ohio) and he comes close to doing it again to save the day.

Current Big 12 standings

1. Oklahoma -- 4-0 (1-0)
2. Kansas State -- 2-1 (1-0)
3. Baylor -- 3-0
4. Texas Tech -- 3-0
5. TCU -- 2-0
6. Kansas -- 2-1
7. Oklahoma State -- 2-1
8. Texas -- 2-1
9. Iowa State -- 1-2 (0-1)
10. West Virginia -- 1-3 (0-1)