Dawgman.com Predictions

Washington kept their bowl hopes alive with a second win in a row, defeating the California Bears on the last play of the game. Can the Huskies make it two in a row on the road? Here is what the staff feels will go down tomorrow afternoon in the Palouse.

Pat Thrapp – Numbers Guru
Season Record: 6-5
What can one say about this game this year? The implications are monumental. We need a win period. Anything else and we are all terribly disappointed. The COOGs are a decent team that seems to improve each game. We need nothing less then our DAWGS best effort for this game. I think it will be close the whole way. Just a nail biter. The COOGs act like a loss is nothing more than a darn. A win would make them love the fact we would all be 'terribly disappointed'. The vibe I get is, this is their game of the season. All I can say is "Nothing less than a win- Go DAWGs".

Prediction: Washington 27, Washington State 23.
Jay Torrell – Creative Director, Sports Washington
Season record: 5-4
To win Washington must....
...keep Tuel from scrambling for first downs.
...run Polk and Collier early and often.
...not have a turnover that results in a Coug touchdown.
...not have major letdowns in special teams.
...withstand the Cougs early emotional surge.
...not expect Locker to win the game on his own.
...score more points than the Cougars because I'm headed over the mountains in a Winnebago full of buddies and if we lose it's going to be a long cold ride to spring football.

Prediction: Washington 33, Washington State 24
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor
Season record: 7-4
Finally, an Apple Cup that means something! Regardless of the records, the Apple Cup always means something to the two fanbases, however, this year if the Huskies win, they head to a bowl game for the first time since 2002. I wish I could be confident this team will come out focused and know they can beat a better, but still bad, Washington State squad that just recently won its first Pac 10 game in nearly two years. Execution will be the key for the Dawgs to get the win in what will likely be frigid Pullman. If they can get pressure on Jeff Tuel, get a turnover or two and pound the ball down their cross-state rivals' throat, they should win easily. However, I don't think that will happen and it will be a late Erik Folk field goal that spells the difference.

Prediction: Washington 27, Washington State 24
Chris Fetters – Editor in Chief
Season record: 6-5
Well, as much as UW fans would love a blowout to put to rest any notion that the Cougars aren't very good, the Huskies appear incapable of blowing anyone out. And like Sark has said many times, at this time of year it's about finishing in the fourth quarter, on the road, in a hostile environment. And against Washington State, you can tick off all those boxes, and then some. This will come down to the final few drives, and that's where you hope the gulf in talent and depth, as well as the rotation the Huskies have been able to build up over the course of the season, pays dividends. This game will also be a great measuring stick to see if UW was able to treat the Apple Cup like just another game and keep their emotions in check, or if they got caught looking ahead to San Diego, or wherever they could end up during bowl season.

Prediction: Washington 21, Washington State 16
Dick Baird – former UW coach and recruiting coordinator
Season record: 6-5
Washington will win their second road game in a row on Saturday. Jake Locker will go out a winner by throwing for two scores and not making any big mistakes. Chris Polk goes for over 100 yards and Desmond Trufant comes up big with a pick to seal the deal. And the Husky defense bends but doesn't break when it counts.

Prediction: Washington 21, Washington State 17
Kim Grinolds – Business Operations and Managing Partner
Season record: 8-3
Pullman, Washington…………..Can't they just play every game in Seattle? God I hate Pullman. Its cold, barren, and pretty darn boring. And now it's a 4:00 Start………….more time to drink. I hate this trip. WSU is terrible. Sure they beat OSU, but whom else? Montana State? Please. I'm in the minority here but I think Washington wins big in a blow out. They're gonna roll the Cougs by somewhere near 30, and the game won't be that close

Prediction: Washington 42, Washington State 13
David Samek – The Dawgman
Season record: 7-4
I just cannot see this Husky team losing tomorrow. They are too determined, too focused, and perhaps more importantly, this team has FOUND WAYS TO WIN in situations where in past years they would find ways to lose. Just one more win gets them to the post-Pac 10 season for the first time in a long time. Those 15 extra practices will be huge for next year's development. They won't miss out. It will be close and that has to favor Washington given their penchant for winning on the last play of the game.

Prediction: Washington 17, Washington State 13

Sabrina Kelly Squires – Dawgman.com Intern
Season record: 5-4
Apple Cup. Enough said. Huskies will win. The Dawgs have a lot riding on this game— from a bowl game, to keeping the Apple Cup, and then there is sending their seniors off right. Two of the biggest keys to the game are the offensive line and the secondary. The offensive line needs to win the battle in the trenches to open up room for Chris Polk, Jesse Callier and Jake Locker. The secondary needs to stop Jeff Tuel , who is the biggest quarterback threat the Huskies will have faced these past three weeks. With potential for bad weather, the Huskies need to win the turnover battle. In the end, Jake Locker and Mason Foster will lead the Huskies to a victory and to a bowl game.

Prediction: Washington 28, Washington State 14

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