Dawgman.com Predictions

The Huskies are even on the season after a second half offensive eruption and a nice win over Syracuse at home. Now come the mighty Nebraska Cornhuskers, who feature a defense that is as staunch as they come. Will Jake Locker and company be able to move the ball against the mighty blackshirts? Here is what the staff thinks will happen on Saturday afternoon in Husky Stadium.

Pat Thrapp – Numbers Guru
Season Record: 1-1
I sure hope Condotta is right that we were not showing much against Syracuse.  I hope this week we get to see Jake throw more on the run.  Move around back there,  I feel though, we will get beat up in the trenches.  I hope I am wrong.  I would greatly eat crow next week from a Husky win.  Unfortunately I think we lose handily.

Prediction: Nebraska 38, Washington 26
Jay Torrell – Creative Director, Sports Washington
Season record: 1-1
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE RED ZONE. Both teams will be able to move the ball but the team that can produce 7 instead of 3 inside the 20 will be the team that prevails....Freshmen QB Taylor "I've played big games in High School" Martinez will make some plays but he's really underestimating how much the crowd noise will effect the Nebraska offense....Locker will have that one signature "ESPN Top-10 Plays" moment when the rest of the nation sees just what all the talk was about....Huskies pull off a successful fake punt as the Huskers go for broke with our walk-on kicker....The defense rattles Husky Stadium (ala the 1990 USC) with a pick-six that is the difference in the game.

Prediction: Washington 27, Nebraska 23
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor
Season record: 1-1
Several of my friends have asked me what Washington has to do to win on Saturday when Nebraska comes to Husky Stadium. I told them the Huskies must play near flawless football and the Cornhuskers will need to make a few mistakes in order for that to happen. Jake Locker and Jermaine Kearse could really do wonders for the Husky offense if they can have a repeat performance of last week, but I just don't see that happening. Also, until the Dawgs prove that they can handle a mobile quarterback, the proof will be in the pudding. I think Washington will keep it close, but in the end Nebraska will win by at least 10 points.

Prediction: Nebraska 31, Washington 20
Chris Fetters – Editor in Chief
Season record: 1-1
As much as the Week Three mojo is fully in Washington's favor (remember last year?), there's something about this matchup with Washington that has me feeling a sense of deja vu.  Games are won in the trenches, and based on that alone you would think Nebraska wins this game handily.  And defensively, the Huskies are going to have to play roulette, stacking the box to stop a ridiculously productive Nebraska attack on the ground, forcing a young quarterback making his first road start to win the game through the air.  So the real question is: Does this game feel like Aaron Corp revisiting Husky Stadium?  It's lining up that way, but the main difference here is that Taylor Martinez has two games under his belt, whereas Corp was making his first start of the year.  And yes, the crowd at Husky Stadium did their part last year, and will do their part this year - but all it's going to take is a big play or two to turn that roar into sheer silence.  And once Nebraska tips the game in their favor - which won't be right away, but it will happen - they have the horses in Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead to keep it that way.  That will be enough for Martinez to weather his first action away from home, but it will be far from easy. And if the Huskies win the turnover and field position battles, this score could very well be flipped on its head.

Prediction: Nebraska 24, Washington 16
Dick Baird – former UW coach and recruiting coordinator
Season record: 1-1
Washington is now on a roll. The special teams are still a mystery but the offense has started to click and the defense had a great second half against Syracuse. I believe that Nick Holt will dial up a great game plan for the Cornhuskers and shut them down long enough for the Huskies to take advantage. Jake Locker throws for two touchdowns and runs for one and leads the Dawgs to an upset win at home.

Prediction: Washington 21, Nebraska 13
Kim Grinolds – Business Operations and Managing Partner
Season record: 1-1
It's been a while since Husky Stadium has rocked and rolled like it will this Saturday. It's a little different than a high school stadium and Nebraska's redshirt freshman QB will get an early wake up call. Expect a defensive game, as both teams will struggle to get in any offensive rhythm. At the end of the day Husky Stadium will be the difference.

Prediction: Washington 19, Nebraska 17
David Samek – The Dawgman
Season record: 1-1
I would love to heap praise on this Husky team, but I just see too many holes in it. The special teams are just plain bad and the defense is pretty mediocre. I see no pass rush, very little in the means of trench support, and I think Nebraska will roll the defense for over 400 yards. Lots of big plays and too much for Jake and the offense to overcome. Washington lays a bomb at home against a very good team.

Prediction: Nebraska 27, Washington 14

Sabrina Kelly Squires – Dawgman.com Intern
Seaon record: 1-1
The Huskies defense will face a formidable offense led by dual threat quarterback, Taylor Martinez. Expect Nick Holt's defense to bend but hopefully not break. On the offensive side of the ball the huskies have shown great improvements with the win over Syracuse last weekend. Anticipate more quick passes, as Locker will be harassed by Nebraska all day. As long as the Huskies cut down on penalties, and Chris Polk and Jermaine Kearse continue to have strong performances, Huskies will win.

Prediction: Washington 24, Nebraska 21
Scott Panitz – Dawgman.com Intern
Season record: 1-1
The Dawgs are riding high after an explosive offensive showing against Syracuse headlined by Jermaine Kearse's three touchdowns. A repeat performance this week is highly unlikely as projected top-10 NFL draft pick CB Prince Amukamara leads a very impressive Nebraska secondary. This should be a statement game either way as the UW receiving corps is also among the most talented in the country.  While the coaches have played down the similarities between this and the USC game last year, some parallels are apparent.  Third game of season, top-10 opponent, inexperienced QB playing for the first time on the road in a rocking Husky stadium, etc.  However, This and last year's Husky teams are very different, as are Nebraska and USC.  Nebraska's offense is more like Oregon's - which means the UW defense is likely to struggle to stop Taylor Martinez, the nation's No. 7 rusher, and his option attack.  While the possibility exists that the game turns into an ugly loss that sets the program back (especially if UW's offense struggles), I think it's more likely the game is a high scoring, down-to-the wire contest, decided in the last couple of possessions.  The home crowd will surely help (and should also impress the multitude of recruits in attendance), but I'd be surprised if the student section storms the field like it did around this time last year.

Prediction: Nebraska 35, Washington 31

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