Dawgman.com Predictions

After a BYE week, the Huskies went down to Los Angeles and exorcized a slew of demons in getting a 32-31 road win over USC in the Coliseum. The win leaves the Huskies 2-2 on the season and may have given them a lot more confidence as the Arizona State Sun Devils come to town. Here is what the staff thinks will happen Saturday night in Husky Stadium.

Pat Thrapp – Numbers Guru
Season Record: 2-2
So history can't be used to predict the next game. I made that mistake last week. I am just going to go homer like Dick Baird does. Last week we left a lot of points on the field with dropped passes, some bad throws, Jake's fumble close to the goal line, etc. I feel we can score. The real question is can we stop anyone? ASU rolled up like 500+ yards on Oregon.

Prediction: Washington 35, ASU 30
Jay Torrell – Creative Director, Sports Washington
Season record: 2-2
Boy did that USC game feel good. Agree with Sark that he mishandled the team after last years win over USC by trying to bring the team back down to earth rather than building on the momentum. He won't make that mistake this year and the Dawgs take advantage of a deflated but talented ASU team that has snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory 3 weeks in a row. ASU comes out flat, Dawgs come out hot, rain pours, wind howls, Locker is the good Locker and the night crowd helps the Dawgs (hopefully in gold pants or rumored black uni's...god do I hate the white pants at home) roll to a feel good win.

Prediction: Washington 42, ASU 31
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor
Season record: 2-2
Finally, the Huskies got a win on the road and it had to be one of the most exciting games I've witnessed since 2000. Now, with momentum on their side, Washington has a very realistic chance of following that up with a win at home in front of what should be a raucous crowd. The defense must contain the Sun Devil running backs and get a pick or two. I don't expect the Huskies to be as good on the ground this week against a very good ASU defense, so a lot of pressure will be on the passing game and QB Jake Locker must build off his solid, yet at times inconsistent, day down at USC. UW pulls away late and wins by 10.

Prediction: Washington 34, ASU 24
Chris Fetters – Editor in Chief
Season record: 2-2
This is the acid test for Steve Sarkisian and his staff: Have they found the right balance after a huge win to keep the train rolling down the tracks? Has he discovered the Huskies' offensive identity? Who will be the hungrier of the two teams on Saturday? Jake Locker's offensive weapons almost let him and their team down at USC, but they were given one last chance, and they took full advantage. The last time Jermaine Kearse, for example, had a bad game, he came back and absolutely torched Syracuse. I think, as well as UW played offensively in LA, they come back motivated to prove they can execute at an even higher level. And defensively? Well, the bend-but-don't-break thing works OK when you are going up against a team struggling to put the ball in the end zone, and they'll be playing an ASU team that just happens to be dead-last in red zone offense, converting less than 70 percent of their chances. As long as Washington's kick cover game doesn't abandon them Saturday night, they'll come through and win with a better tackling effort on defense and an efficient game plan on offense that will get Locker going early, and by extension keep a potent Sun Devils offense off the field.

Prediction: Washington 34, ASU 24
Dick Baird – former UW coach and recruiting coordinator
Season record: 2-2
Wasn't it fun watching the Huskies run the ball down USC's throat in the fourth quarter? Even though the defense continued to get chewed up, they made one stop at the end, forcing a field goal attempt that bounced off the right upright, and that turned out to be enough. The defense on this Husky team will not dominate, but if they can come up with key stops and give the offense a chance, this team will win. That is what happens on Saturday. ASU goes for a bunch of yards but in the end their error-prone QB throws two costly picks and the Huskies win a close one.

Prediction: Washington 27, ASU 24
Kim Grinolds – Business Operations and Managing Partner
Season record: 2-2
I get the feeling this is going to be a real sloppy game with lots of penalties and turnovers. It's the way ASU plays and it's contagious. Late hits, woofing, and mistakes will happen. I think Jake will have a good day……..minus a couple turnovers. Same with Polk. Even with the sloppy play, the Huskies will win to go 2-0 in the Pac 10.

Prediction: Washington 24, ASU 21
David Samek – The Dawgman
Season record: 2-2
Last week was a huge win. Jake needed a rebound game from the travesty that was Nebraska and he did it BIG TIME. The defensive line at the UW is probably the worst one I've seen in 20 years, as they get pushed around and down the field all game. The safeties take terrible angles and get torched. Still, the linebacking pair of Cort Dennison and Mason Foster get it done inside. They are standing up and leading when it counts. And they will make enough stops on Saturday night to allow Chris Polk to run wild and for Jake Locker to lead the Huskies to another close win.

Prediction: Washington 30, ASU 28

Sabrina Kelly Squires – Dawgman.com Intern
Seaon record: 2-2
With the Huskies coming back home from USC, with their first road game win since 2007, they are full of hope and passion as they anticipate to continue the streak against the ASU Sun Devils. The Huskies know it's going to be a physical game, and they have been practicing hard all week for it. The Huskies will win as long as they keep focused and match the intensity level that ASU will bring to the Husky stadium. It's going to be a loud stadium on Saturday, as the fans welcome back their Huskies.

Prediction: Washington 37, ASU 24
Scott Panitz – Dawgman.com Intern
Season record: 2-2
The Dawgs might riding high after last week, but don't expect a let down. Coach Sark has been proactive in telling the team why it won't happen and they appear to have responded with a good week of practice. Though they are a little banged up, with Eric Kohler not expected to play due to the flu, the offense should run amok against an undisciplined Sun Devil defense that will be missing leading tackler and best player Vontaze Burfict for at least the first quarter as punishment for a head butt against Oregon State last weekend. I expect ASU to be able to move the ball against the Husky D, but they should bend and not break enough to allow their offense to establish a solid lead.

Prediction: Washington 35, ASU 28

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