Dawgman.com Predictions

Washington kept their bowl hopes alive with a convincing win last Thursday evening over UCLA at home. Now they travel to Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears in another must-win contest. Here is what the staff feels will go down tomorrow afternoon in Strawberry Canyon.

Pat Thrapp – Numbers Guru
Season Record: 5-5
This is a big game for both teams. Win and both teams are still alive for a bowl. Both teams will be motivated. This is senior day for Cal. I believe Cal's defense will be the deciding point in this game. Will they be able to contain Polk? Their offense has certainly had their problems. They have practically no passing attack. Vereen is about it on offense. Which is nothing to overlook. I think the DAWGs will go down there and win a very close game.

Prediction: Washington 27, California 23.
Jay Torrell – Creative Director, Sports Washington
Season record: 5-4
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Prediction: Washington xx, California xx
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor
Season record: 6-4
Washington kept their bowl hopes alive last week with a relatively easy 24-7 win over a hapless UCLA team which has quite a few questions at the quarterback position. Fast forward to this weekend and Cal is in roughly the same situation although they are a better running team than the Bruins. Shane Vereen needs to be held in check by the Huskies and they also need to get into QB Brock Mansion's head with a few sacks or hits early causing him to make shaky decisions. If Jake Locker has an efficient game, the Huskies have a very good chance of winning this game and I expect him to be much better than he was against the Bruins.

Prediction: Washington 31, California 24
Chris Fetters – Editor in Chief
Season record: 6-4
This game is a must-win for both teams, and despite the fact that Cal looks like they are doing their year-end fold quicker than me at the poker table, it's hard to see how they won't prevail in this game. Granted, Brock Mansion isn't Kevin Riley, and he can be shook if UW can get to him, but Shane Vereen is a very capable back and Jeff Tedford can put the Bears' offensive load on him. It's the Bears' defense that looks like a rough go for the Huskies, and that's why I think Cal wins a game that will be closer than if it had been played a month earlier.

Prediction: California 24, Washington 14
Dick Baird – former UW coach and recruiting coordinator
Season record: 5-5
Washington has to win this, and they will find a way. The defense is improving each week and tomorrow the Dawgs will stop the run just enough to allow Jake Locker and Chris Polk to generate enough offense to carry the day. Erik Folk will be a huge part of tomorrow's win with three field goals, one of them ion the clutch.

Prediction: Washington 23, California 21
Kim Grinolds – Business Operations and Managing Partner
Season record: 7-3
In all honesty this game means more to UW than it does Cal. Hit the QB in the mouth, Catch the damn ball, and no more stupid penalties is what it's going to take. Washington must create turnovers, create turnovers, and then create more turnovers. Did I mention catch the damn ball? UW will do all of the above and keep their bowl hopes alive headed to the Apple Cup.

Prediction: Washington 31, California 17
David Samek – The Dawgman
Season record: 6-4
Washington is going to win this game. Jeff Tedford is the most Jeckyl and Hyde coach in the league and his team reflects that. I'm betting that Hyde shows up on Saturday and Sarkisian outcoaches him. Jake Locker throws for two scores and Chris Polk and Jesse Callier both run for scores as Washington wins in a surprisingly easy road win in Strawberry Canyon.

Prediction: Washington 28, California 13

Sabrina Kelly Squires – Dawgman.com Intern
Season record: 5-4
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Prediction: Washington xx, Cal xx
Scott Panitz – Dawgman.com Intern
It's going to be a playoff game. Plain and simple. Both teams need this game to keep their bowl hopes alive and salvage largely disappointing seasons. It won't be easy to move the ball on a Bears defense ranked 16th in the country in front of a home crowd that understands the importance of this game, though the Dawgs are riding a hot running game led by Chris Polk and Jesse Callier that's tough to handle when Sark commits to it. Cal's thousand-yard rusher, Shane Vareen is also tough to handle, though UW's defensive line has looked much improved in the last two weeks thanks to the maturation of Hawaiians Semisi Tokolahi and Hau'oli Jamora. In a hard-hitting, low scoring game the Cal crowd proves too much and ends Jake's bid for a bowl.

Prediction: California 17, Washington 13

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