Dawgman.com Predictions

Washington has the opportunity of playing on a rainy Thursday night in late October on television. While it sounds gloomy and while attendance will certainly suffer, it is still a must win for Sarkisian and the Dawgs if they are to keep their bowl hopes alive. Can they beat the visiting UCLA Bruins? Here is what the staff feels.

Pat Thrapp – Numbers Guru
Season Record: 4-5
To me this game is a tossup. We don't really know how well Locker will do. Lots of intrigue. I think we have a slight advantage at home. Our only same-field opponent was at Oregon. The Bruins lost 13 to 60. We, of course, painfully lost 16 to 53. Last year was also an excruciating loss against the Bruins. I think we pull off a close low scoring game here at home.

Prediction: Washington 24, UCLA 20.
Jay Torrell – Creative Director, Sports Washington
Season record: 4-4
I can't believe that the thing most people are talking about in regards to the game is the traffic. Is your life really so covered in rose petals that you can't hoof it a mile to see Jake Locker's last game? When did Husky Nation get so soft? Go to a Storm Game if you want a parking spot. Black uniforms, rain, wind, Locker's last game...I can't wait.

Prediction: Washington 35, UCLA 27
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor
Season record: 5-4
After 10 days off the Huskies are poised on the brink of bowl elimination. I don't see any way that Jake Locker doesn't start the game, but whether he finishes or not will be determined by how the pourous UW offensive line can keep Akeem Ayers at bay. If Locker can hit a few passes to loosen up the defense allowing Chris Polk and Jesse Callier room to run, this could be a fun night for Husky nation. I think Steve Sarkisian and staff will have the players ready to go from the opening kickoff and the Dawgs will come away with a win.

Prediction: Washington 27, UCLA 21
Chris Fetters – Editor in Chief
Season record: 5-4
This one, in many respects, is almost too tough to call. UW has found a way to bounce back in remarkable fashion this year, but UCLA seems to also have their number, for whatever reason. They have a way of turning the latest Bruin back into a Heisman candidate. Clearly they will have to win the battle of first down and force Richard Brehaut to pass. If they can do that, UW's defense has a chance to play very well. Offensively, it's Jake Locker's swan song in Husky Stadium, and that debut at Syracuse feels a long ways away. I think UW finds a way to win this game in the fourth quarter, as they rally around Locker and send him out the right way.

Prediction: Washington 21, UCLA 17
Dick Baird – former UW coach and recruiting coordinator
Season record: 4-5
Washington welcomes Rick Neuheisel back to the Dawghouse. I think they will give him a rude awakening and blow the doors off of the Bruins. Washington's defense is playing better in recent weeks and Locker is back. Look for Polk to get some big gains, Callier scores once, and Locker has two touchdown throws as the Huskies win going away.

Prediction: Washington 31, UCLA 10
Kim Grinolds – Business Operations and Managing Partner
Season record: 6-3
Looks like it's going to be a cold, miserable, wet, dark night in Husky Stadium. The good news is, we leave for Maui Friday morning. The bad news is our flight is at 6am……..through San Diego. But we are going to Maui, not Eugene. Jake's last game in Husky Stadium will be one he never forgets. UCLA is weak in the secondary and both lines. Expect Jake , Chris Polk and Jermaine Kearse to have big games. Expect to see plenty of parkas and guys standing around the heaters on the UCLA sidelines.

Prediction: Washington 42, UCLA 16
David Samek – The Dawgman
Season record: 5-4
UCLA blew out Texas by running the ball down their throats and beating up the Longhorns in the trenches. Washington will lose that battle as well but Jake Locker is due for a big game. This is a great week to have just that, and I believe that he will. His receivers will help him by eliminating the drops and Polk takes advantage by busting a long touchdown run.

Prediction: Washington 27, UCLA 14

Sabrina Kelly Squires – Dawgman.com Intern
Season record: 4-4
With the excitement of senior night and the blackout theme, the Huskies are going to have a lot of drive on Thursday night. But regardless to these motivations, the Huskies are going to have to stop UCLA's pistol offense, especially their running game. Huskies need not only to be better Thursday night, but they need to be WAY better stopping the run. On the offensive side, the Huskies cannot have any drops from the wide receivers, and they need to protect Locker. The Huskies are going to be fired up on Thursday night, and are going to be led to victory with the return of Locker.

Prediction: Washington 28, UCLA 22
Scott Panitz – Dawgman.com Intern
The last time Jake thought he could be playing in his final home game he put up 325 total yards and five tuchdowns in a blowout win over Cal. This year, that sense of urgency is multiplied; this is going to be his last game. And he IS going to play. The team will rally around their leader, even though he might not be 100 percent. Coach Sark will have them humming, as they're going to know what's a stake if they lose (their bowl eligibility). Plus, UCLA isn't that good.

Prediction: Washington 31, UCLA 24

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