Dawgman.com Predictions

Washington pulled off a nice upset win at home when they needed it, a 2-overtime thriller over Oregon State. It was a nice team effort by the Dawgs, who got some nice help from their defense. Jermaine Kearse had a monster game and the Huskies kept their bowl hopes alive. Now they head to the desert to take on a very tough Arizona team. Here is how the staff sees the game playing out.

Pat Thrapp – Numbers Guru
Season Record: 2-4
I am going to base this prediction off the last 2 games. We appear to be playing good for a longer part of the game. Translation, we are starting to play better. Yet now we head off to the desert to play a pretty good Arizona team. Will we be able to do what the Beavers did? I'd like to think so. My keys to winning is pound Polk, let Jake get out into space and make plays, and finally get some defensive pressure. With that said, defying logic and going with my heart.

Prediction: Washington 26, Arizona 23
Jay Torrell – Creative Director, Sports Washington
Season record: 2-4
Off-BYU. On-Syracuse. Off-Nebraska. On-USC. Off-ASU. On-Oregon State. WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE STOP PLAYING WITH THAT LIGHT SWITCH? This is what you get from a team still learning how to win week after week. If Locker is healthy (I mean really healthy) and the defense (from the second half of the OSU game) shows up then the Dawgs will be in it to the end. Ultimately, I think the Cats win it in a heartbreaker. (Note: Every game I've picked the Dawgs to lose this year, they've won.)

Prediction: Arizona 27, Washington 24
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor
Season record: 2-4
What a win last week and now we are starting to really see what type of team Washington is going to be the rest of the season -- a team which can look like world-beaters one week and the next, a team that could lose to anyone on their schedule. Which one will show up this week against a good Arizona team that will be without its starting QB? Who knows anymore. Until the Huskies prove they can give back-to-back solid efforts, I'm going to have to go with the Wildcats on this one, but it could go either way.

Prediction: Arizona 27, Washington 24
Chris Fetters – Editor in Chief
Season record: 2-4
Coming off a big win, the Washington Huskies will do what they've done all year long - back it up with a loss - but it'll hardly be their fault this time around. Arizona is arguably the best team in the Pac-10 not named Oregon, and I doubt they'll drop down much, even with the loss of Nick Foles. Matt Scott is a competent field general, and they'll rely a little more on Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin to shoulder the offensive responsibilities. And besides, how hard is it to throw a bubble screen? The 'Cats did that to perfection last year, exposing the Huskies' lack of defensive speed. And Jake Locker, if we are to believe Steve Sarkisian, is really banged up after the Oregon State win, so if he's not physically able to get around and move the pocket and throw on the run or take off on mad scrambles, UW becomes painfully predictable on offense: Chris Polk runs and Locker stuck in the pocket. UW will fight to the death in the desert and put up a valiant effort, but they don't have DeLaShaun Dean's foot to help them this time around.

Prediction: Arizona 34, Washington 21
Dick Baird – former UW coach and recruiting coordinator
Season record: 3-3
Arizona enters the game with a lights-out defense but a back-up quarterback. I think that the Huskies are catching them at a good time, and Jake is healthy finally shaking his cold. I think Polk will surprise the Wildcat defense and Jermaine Kearse will make some big catches late to salt the game away. Erik Folk hits three field goals and he's the difference.

Prediction: Washington 23, Arizona 21
Kim Grinolds – Business Operations and Managing Partner
Season record: 3-3
This is a tough one. Jake is finally getting over his cold and will feel the best he has in a few weeks. The defense looks like it's coming together as well. Nick Foles is out but his backup isn't bad. Nowhere near the passer, but he runs the ball much better. Also the Wildcats have the best D in the conference. At the end of the day AZ is just more talented.

Prediction: Arizona 31, Washington 17
David Samek – The Dawgman
Season record: 3-3
The Huskies pulled of the win at home when they needed it. That Oregon State team they beat was a good one, but the Arizona team they will face on Saturday is even better. And it's on the road, in Tucson where the Wildcats just don't give up much of anything on defense. I think Washington will suffer some turnovers and that the ‘Cats will take advantage of them. That defense is just going to be too tough for Jake and company to overcome.

Prediction: Arizona 27, Washington 13

Sabrina Kelly Squires – Dawgman.com Intern
Season record: 3-3
As I stated last week, I am eternally optimistic for the Huskies, and they proved last weekend that they're still more than alive for a bowl appearance. Despite Arizona's quarterback, Nick Foles, being ruled out for this game, the Huskies will still have their hands full with this Arizona team. However, we all saw the Husky defense take a step forward against the Beavers last Saturday. Look for Hau'oli Jamora to continue his emergence as a pass rusher, and for the whole defense to be opportunistic with Arizona starting their backup quarterback. On the other side of the ball, lets hope the offense can be a force for an entire 60 minutes this week. Dawgs get a big win here, and move one step closer to bowl eligibility.

Prediction: Washington 36, Arizona 24

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