Dawgman.com Predictions

Washington opened with a tough loss on the road at BYU. They are hoping to bounce back with a win in their home opener against Syracuse. Jake Locker's Heisman trophy candidacy may have taken a hit, but the Huskies' future is still very much bright if they can pull off a victory. Here is what the Dawgman.com staff feels will happen on Saturday evening.

Pat Thrapp – Numbers Guru
Season Record: 0-1
Ok I have sobered up after a fall camp binge on the purple koolaid. Disappointing game. It started so well to. I heard the term 'Died a thousand paper cuts'. It appeared to fit the tenor of the game. Everybody seems to just not have it, or messed up here and there. Frustrating for everyone I am sure. Me the fan included. May I please ask the coaches to have a little patience with your team. Especially at the start of the season. Let them experience some little victories. Build up their confidence in baby steps. Try to keep the faith with them. As for the upcoming Syracuse game. I am nervous. They bring back a lot on a good defense from last year. I believe we have to show up and play hard. Everyone will need to do their job as best they can every play. They do that they win comfortably. Make some mistakes and it could get dicey. I think the DAWGs will win.

Prediction: Washington 27, Syracuse 20
Jay Torrell – Creative Director, Sports Washington Magazine
Season record: 0-1
As Kevin Kline said in "A Fish Called Wanda"....DISAPPOINTED!!!! What else can you say about BYU? So now Syracuse. Without long-winded analysis I expect a full rebound. Not enough to erase the memory of BYU but enough to turn the voltage up for Nebraska. My main focus in this game with be HEAD COACH Steve Sarkisian, he needs to start proving he can call the plays and CEO the game at the same time or the main conversation at the end of the year will be whether or not he can handle both responsibilities.

Prediction: Washington 42, Syracuse 20
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor
Season record: 0-1
Washington needs to get in the win column this week and what better way to do it than against a rebuilding team on your home field. Jake Locker had a good day stat-wise, but anyone who watched last week's game against BYU would tell you he needs to be more consistent and play better. Hopefully the Huskies move away from using the read-option and go more to a power formation with Chris Polk running out of the 'I' behind the outstanding lead-blocking of Austin Sylvester. The defense needs to get to Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib and cause a couple of turnovers. I see this game being a relatively easy Husky win, allowing the Dawgs to be 1-1 as they head into their matchup next week against Nebraska.

Prediction: Washington 35, Syracuse 17
Chris Fetters – Editor in Chief
Season record: 0-1
The Huskies look to bounce back, especially on the offensive side of the ball and on special teams. Coming back home to play in the friendly confines of Husky Stadium will help, but it won't be the two-touchdown walkover Vegas is expecting, let alone a 30-point pasting UW put on the Orange three years ago. The two teams are totally different and improved, especially Syracuse. UW will come through with the victory, as their OL matches up a little better against SU's front seven and their field position can't get any worse than it was at BYU. The defense will be helped by a boisterous crowd, hungry to help the Huskies get their first win of the 2010 season.

Prediction: Washington 28, Syracuse 21
Dick Baird – former UW coach and recruiting coordinator
Season record: 0-1
Ugh. Those special teams blunders were a killer. It is nearly impossible to have to play that uphill the entire game and come out with a victory. The Huskies had some of the worst field position for their starting drives in their history, thanks in large part to their special teams meltdowns. This week Washington will have tightened that up and Chris Polk will run for over 100 yards in leading the Huskies to a workman-like win over the visiting Orange.

Prediction: Washington 21, Syracuse 13
Kim Grinolds – Business Operations and Managing Partner
Season record: 0-1
Betting on a team who was a favorite the previous week and lost is always a good bet. And yes, UW was a favorite last week as a ton of late money was laid down on UW. Montlake Jake returns home and Nick Holt's D will have Husky Stadium rocking again.

Prediction: Washington 42, Syracuse 13
David Samek – The Dawgman
Season record: 0-1
Last week's game was not entirely surprising, but still very disappointing. I think that the Huskies had an opportunity and let it slip through their fingertips. They reverted back to the Tyrone days and got tight with the game on the line. It may take a little longer to break through the funk than I thought, but this Saturday won't be any trouble. Look for the Huskies to rally and win going away.

Prediction: Washington 27, Syracuse 13
Scott Panitz – Intern
Season record: 0-1
After last week's display on special teams and with even more questions surrounding the punting situation now that Will Mahan is out for the season with an acl/mcl, combined with the offense's inability to put points on the board and the defense's lack of playmaking last week, these Dawgs haven't exactly engendered confidence from the Husky faithful. However, Syracuse is still Syracuse and Husky stadium should be rocking for the first home game of Jake's senior campaign. I look for the offensive line to still struggle a little bit but ultimately give Jake enough time so that the Kearse, Polk and Co light up the scoreboard on multiple occasions. It might not be as pretty as we all want it to be, but I'd be shocked if the Huskies didn't come out of this game with their record even at 1-1.

Prediction: Washington 31, Syracuse 17

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