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WSU vs. Miami: The score predictions vary but the outcome is colored crimson

THE RETURN OF quarterback Luke Falk has our panel of celebrities and staff predicting a Washington State victory in the Sun Bowl on Saturday (11 a.m. Pacific, CBS). The predicted scores, though, vary widely.

ALEX BRINK
Threw for more yards and TDs than anyone in WSU history from 2004-07
The Cougs get a big Sun Bowl win with the return of Luke Falk.
Washington State 31, Miami 21

JOHN HUSBY
1988 Aloha Bowl and 1989 All-Pac-10 offensive lineman
I see this game as an altitude game, tough on players coming from the beach.
Washington State 31, Miami 24

RICKY TURNER
1981 Holiday Bowl quarterback
In a shootout, our beloved Cougars will beat The U.  Go Cougs!
Washington State 45, Miami 42

JACK THOMPSON
TSN All-American who finished WSU career as most prolific passer in NCAA history
With Luke's return, I'm expecting our team to bounce back from the terrible Apple Cup performance.
Washington State 35, Miami 21

CODY BOYD
2005 & ’06 Apple Cup standout, tight end
Go Cougs!
WSU 35, Miami 31

IAN FURNESS
KJR radio host
My question is not who will win, that is easy. But who will Hurricane Dennis be rooting for? Go Cougs.
Washington State 45, Miami 24

JIM WALDEN
1981 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, nine seasons as WSU coach, 11 as WSU radio color man
The Cougar offense will keep their defense off the field (something that killed WSU against UW).
Washington State 38, Miami 24

PAUL SORENSEN
1981 All-America safety at WSU
Luke Falk, Joe Dahl, and Mr. Marks look to be back from injury and will key an excellent WSU offensive performance -- but it's a late interception from the Cougar D that seals the deal.  Cougs stand tall against a very, very athletic Miami team looking for, but not finding, a W. Go Cougs.
Washington State 34, Miami 30

JASON PUCKETT
KJR radio personality
Luke Falk returns and leads the Cougars to their ninth win of the season.
Washington State 37, Miami 27

LEW WRIGHT
Cougfan.com Senior Correspondent
Expect Miami to try to take the air out of the ball early and keep Falk and Co. on the sideline as much as possible. WSU DC Alex Grinch is very family with game planning for a team trying to run first, second and third. WSU has too many outstanding receivers who know where to find open space. Mike Leach will take full advantage of a team and fan base that doesn't want to be in El Paso at Christmas. Cougs will be all business with the Air Raid offense providing plenty of excitement.
Washington State 49, Miami 17

MATT MOORE
Cougfan.com Football Analyst
Luke Falk will be anxious to get back in the saddle, but he also needs to feed his workhorse running backs.  Spreading the ball across all targets and to both sides of the field should pay dividends as the game progresses.
Washington State 28, Miami 23

NICK DASCHEL
Cougfan.com Social Media Editor
The Hurricanes have a good pass defense, but haven't seen anything like what Washington State will throw at them in the Sun Bowl.
Washington State 34, Miami 28

MATTHEW ZIMMER
Cougfan.com beat writer
Washington State's offense wants to erase the memory of the Apple Cup and finish the season on a high note -- and the Cougar D will make life a living hell for the Hurricanes.
Washington State 38, Miami 21

CHRIS CHANCELLOR
Cougfan.com Associate Editor
The Air Raid should be back to full function -- or close -- with Luke Falk's return, and Miami is in transition with an interim coach.
Washington State 35, Miami 28

BRAULIO PEREZ
Cougfan.com Senior Correspondent
This is going to be a fun one. I think the Cougars’ offense showcases to the nation what all the hype is about. Luke Falk passes for 427 yards and four touchdowns and wins Player of the Game honors.
Washington State 38, Miami 31

JOHN WITTER
Cougfan.com Managing Editor Emeritus
The Falk Awakens.
Washington State 45, Miami 31

GREG WITTER
Cougfan.com Executive Editor
With Luke Falk at the helm and Joe Dahl at left tackle, the first-ever meeting between WSU and Miami (the Dennis Erickson Cup?) will be all crimson.
Washington State 41, Miami 24

BARRY BOLTON
Cougfan.com Managing Editor
Washington State, as they have much of the season, will start out slow. And Miami will come out fast. But once Luke Falk gets it rolling late in the first quarter, Old Mo’ will shift to the Cougs. This might be more of a low-scoring game if Miami tries to run a lot of clock. 
Washington State 30, Miami 26


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