WSU-Colorado: Celebrity & staff predictions

SOME OF OUR CELEBRITY and staff prognosticators see Washington State cruising to victory over Colorado on Saturday in Pullman (Kickoff: 7:45 p.m.) Others think it will be closer than that. There are those who see the Cougs piling up the points, while others see a more modest crimson total. But they do all have one thing in common. Read on.

ALEX BRINK
Threw for more yards and TDs than anyone in WSU history from 2004-07
Cougs continue to roll behind a solid defensive effort.
WSU 45, Colorado 14

DeWAYNE PATTERSON
1994 Palouse Posse All-American defensive end
GoCougs!!!!!
WSU 44, Colorado 24

JOHN HUSBY
1988 Aloha Bowl and 1989 All-Pac-10 offensive lineman
Let's get EIGHT!
WSU 45, Colorado 28

JACK THOMPSON
Finished WSU career as most prolific passer in NCAA history
Buffs are without their leader in injured QB Sefo Liufau, a true freshman is in his place and we have them in Pullman. Mike Leach remembers the embarrassing loss we had to the Buffs the last time we played them at Martin Stadium -- Leach will have our guys in the exact right frame of mind this time around.
WSU 44, Colorado 14

JIM WALDEN
1981 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, nine seasons as WSU coach, 11 as WSU radio color man
Luke Falk is just too good.
WSU 45, Colorado 21

ROB RAINVILLE
1998 Rose Bowl offensive lineman
Our offense and defense need to look at Colorado as a team trying to take a championship from them: If they have that mindset going into kickoff, they will win. GO COUGS!
WSU 24, Colorado 14

PAUL SORENSEN
First-team 1981 All-America safety at WSU
WSU wins 14-10 as Cougs get a blocked punt return for a TD in the last minute. Wait.  Oh, sorry. I thought you wanted my favorite memory of the WSU-CU series. On Saturday, the Cougs win over the Buffs on a cold and very late start, but truly a most enjoyable evening.  Great send off to those WSU seniors on their last game in Martin Stadium -- guys who put in all the work over the last 4-5 years!.
WSU 38, Colorado 24

CODY BOYD
2005 & ’06 Apple Cup standout, tight end
Go Cougs!
WSU 42, Colorado 24

MIKE SHELFORD
2003 Holiday Bowl center
GO COUGS!
WSU 38, Colorado 24

TONY THOMPSON
Former WSU tight end, Cougfan.com Correspondent
Cougs keep the momentum going. They get back to starting fast and taking care of business early.
WSU 41, Colorado 24

LEW WRIGHT
Cougfan.com Senior Correspondent
The Cougs have learned the lessons this season on what it takes to win. Not only is Colorado still learning, they come into this game with a new quarterback who will have to learn what it takes to win at the Pac-12 level.
WSU 42, Colorado 24

MATT MOORE
Cougfan.com Football Analyst
It's hard to know if Colorado has enough left in the tank, this is 12th straight game without a bye and last time out they were eliminated from postseason play.
WSU 38, Colorado 20

NICK DASCHEL
Cougfan.com Social Media Editor
Buffaloes are better they appear, but the Cougar offense is sizzling right now. That, combined with a WSU defense that makes a difference, should be too much for Colorado to handle.
WSU 47, Colorado 28

CHRIS CHANCELLOR
Cougfan.com Associate Editor
The storyline for Colorado this season -- several close setbacks coupled with the loss of starting quarterback Sefo Liufau -- brings back reminders of a youthful, fatigued Cougars’ team in 2000. This time, WSU gets to take advantage of that scenario.
WSU 45, Colorado 14

JOHN WITTER
Cougfan.com Managing Editor Emeritus
The windstorm may have knocked out my power, but the dangerous Buffs will not take the wind out of Wazzu's sails.
WSU 51, Colorado 27

BRAULIO PEREZ
Cougfan.com Senior Correspondent
It's clear me picking UCLA over WSU was used as bulletin board material for the Cougs in their 31-27 victory. (That's much better than saying I was the only one who had it wrong last week). This week, I get back on the right track as WSU faces a broken down Colorado team and takes care of business -- hopefully in front of a packed crowd at Martin Stadium despite Thanksgiving break.
WSU 38, Colorado 17

GREG WITTER
Cougfan.com Executive Editor
It's only fitting that in the best season since 2003, Tavares Martin breaks the Cougar jinx in returning a kickoff for a score. For the first time since 2003 at Colorado, Cougs will take one back en route to a victory.
WSU 38, Colorado 21

BARRY BOLTON
Cougfan.com Managing Editor
The NOAA forecast calls for 25 degrees at kickoff -- but also for little wind. Still, that will be enough to keep the game closer than Cougar fans would like. WSU will do enough to move to 8-3 but it won't be decided until the fourth quarter against a Colorado team that remains, despite all the reasons not to be, full of fight.
WSU 34, Colorado 31


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