Holiday Bowl predictions: WSU celebs & CF.C staff

THE ISSUES OFF the field will be a big factor in the bowl game. That’s the consensus for our panel of WSU celebrities and CF.C staff in sizing up the WSU-Minnesota matchup in the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday (4 pm, ESPN).

Well, I'm glad Minnesota will show up, but I expect a big win. Domination on both sides of the ball and special teams. I'm hoping some hoggie scores on a trick play or fumble!
WSU 48, Minnesota 14
-- Rob Rainville, WSU Fat Five offensive lineman

Minnesota finally got its act together and decided to head out west and play in the Holiday Bowl. There are a lot of other things going on off the field that are a distraction for Minnesota and I like Wazzu by a couple scores in this one! The Cougs have got to run the he rock to loosen up the coverage on the back end.
WSU 34, Gofers 17
-- Jason McEndoo, WSU Fat Five offensive lineman

The Cougs’ offense plays well and a pick-six by the defense tops it off. Go Cougs!!
WSU 35, Minnesota 21
Scott Pelluer, WSU linebacker great 1977-80

The Cougs will make the Gophers wish they would have stuck with original boycott plan.
WSU 35, Minnesota 18
-- Jack Thompson, Wazzu Legend

In September, no one could have seen a 9-win season. But that's exactly how the Cougs will end the 2016 campaign. A distracted and torn Minnesota team finds itself outmatched vs. a focused and humbled Washington State team. The Cougs make the last impression on this year’s seniors: Holiday Bowl Champs.
WSU 42, Minnesota 17
-- Jed Collins, WSU tight end 2004-08 and CF.C contributor

The Cougar underclassman play for the seniors and send them out on a high note. The Air Raid is firing on all cylinders and Coug D shuts down Minnesota’s running game completely #GoCougs #KeepItGoing
WSU 35, Minnesota 14
-- Jeremiah Allison, WSU linebacker 2012-15

Classic good vs evil. Good guys win. Bad guys wish they had boycotted. You don't see an offense like WSU in the I-formation Big Ten. Go Cougs.
Good guys 31, Minnesota 17
-- Ian Furness, KJR radio host

Cougars should control the game from start to finish.
WSU 38, Minnesota 10
-- Jim Walden, former WSU head coach & WSU radio analyst

The unsettling reports out of the Gophers’ program provide fuel to a WSU team hungry for a bounce back win after the Apple Cup. It'll show on the field. Falk unloads on an empty secondary.
WSU 47, Minnesota 21
-- Zach Anders, Correspondent

Unlike the 2003 Holiday Bowl, this one is all WSU. Luke Falk shreds the Minnesota defense for record yardage. Wazzu dominates the second half to earn another 9-4 campaign.
WSU 52, Minnesota 25
-- Lew Wright, Associate Editor

Gabe Marks closes his historical career on style, hauling in three touchdowns. WSU comes out on top.
WSU 28, Minnesota 21
-- Braulio Perez, Associate Editor

WSU 98, Minnesota 3
-- Jason Puckett, KJR radio host

Minnesota head coach Tracy Claeys might be coaching for his job but many of the players could be playing for theirs too.
WSU 38, Minnesota 24
-- Matt Moore, Analyst

I expect Minnesota to do a lot better, and for a lot longer, than it appears on paper.  Eventually, the Cougar offense will pull away against a patchwork defensive secondary but it will take a while for WSU to adjust on both offense and defense.
WSU 31, Minnesota 17
Barry Bolton, Managing Editor

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