Dawgman Predictions

Washington gave up huge chunks of yardage last Saturday but due to no turnovers and a game-saving interception by Desmond Trufant, the Dawgs prevailed in their opener. Now the Hawaii Warriors come to town with their high-powered offense and huge defensive line. How will the Huskies stack up against the visitors? Here is what the staff sees.


Dick Baird - Former UW Coach/Recruiting Coordinator (1-0):

Washington will win their sixth-straight game by getting back to basics and showing how they are capable of playing - with emotion, energy and effort. The Huskies have ironed out the kinks, and the most improvement comes between week 1 and week 2.

Prediction: Washington enough, Hawaii not so much
Patrick Thrapp – numbers guru (1-0):

After witnessing last weeks bamboo defense. Lots of bending was going on. I am not sure what to think about this game. I can't imagine this Hawaii QB will be that much better than what we just saw. I am fairly certain we won't see a big slot receiver totally uncovered either. I hope Price feels better this week. We can't depend solely on Polk. Boy does he seek contact. One of the best at punishing the tackler. I think we squeak out a close home victory.

Prediction: Washington35, Hawaii 31
Shane Pahukoa – Former UW safety Extraordinaire (1-0): I may be Hawaiian and proud of my heritage but I bleed purple baby! No way will we see the same soft defense this Saturday like we did last week against EWU. If the Husky defense can contain Hawaii's quarterback Bryant Moniz, tighten up the coverage and win third downs...then the game is theirs! The corners need to disguise coverage's and play physical against the UH receivers. When in doubt….hit someone. That was my motto! Last week the Husky offense averaged a dismal 4 yards per pass completion. That's not good enough Dawgs! I'm really hoping we get the tight ends more involved in the passing game this Saturday. We have the talent. Let's utilize it. The man who's gonna make the difference is my man, Chris Polk. The kid is a stud. He reminds of Husky Great Greg Lewis from back in the days when I played. Big, fast and tough as #$%t! The Polk Train is running through Husky Stadium this Saturday people.

Prediction: Washington 30, Hawaii 20
Scott Panitz – Dawgman.com intern (1-0): The Huskies haven't been 2-0 to start a season since they shocked Boise State at home in Jake Locker's freshman year. They have a chance to do in 2011 by going out and beating a Hawaii team coming off a rampant dismantling of fellow Pac 12 member Colorado. But UW is better than Colorado, that's for sure. I see this as an even game throughout with the islanders taking the lead early because of their quick-strike offense led by Bryant Moniz. As we saw with Eastern last week, Moniz and co. run just the type of offense that troubles coordinator Nick Holt and his defense. Expect the Warriors to put up big yardage totals, if not big points. But also expect Washington's own signal-caller, Keith Price, to be healthy and more productive than he was a week ago and, with Chris Polk close to 100 percent and Jermaine Kearse back in the fold, the offense should also put up big time points. I see this game coming down to the wire, and the UW defense has already shown the ability to step up when their backs are against the wall. They'll do just that and the Huskies will win the shootout.

Prediction: Washington 38, Hawaii 34
Eric Dore – Dawgman.com Intern (1-0): Unfortunately for a Husky defense that was thrashed for 473 yards by Bo Levi Mitchell, it doesn't get any easier this week, as they will face another pass-oriented attack in Hawaii led by Bryant Moniz. While Mitchell was content to hit his first option, dinking and dunking down the field, Moniz will look to sit in the pocket and either wait for things to develop or take off and use his speed to attack the defense. Where Washington should have a glaring advantage is up front where Hawaii has lost all five starting offensive linemen from a year ago – a group that gave up 40 sacks. Even though Hawaii had their way with Colorado last week, when Colorado was successful it was when they were sending blitzers to disrupt Hawaii's timing routes. Offensively I look for the Huskies to get Seferian-Jenkins more involved, especially over the middle and the return of the presence of Kearse should open up holes for Polk and company. I would expect the Huskies to be involved in another close affair that Dawg fans are becoming accustomed to seeing.

Prediction: Washington 38, Hawaii 31
Jay Torrell – Scout.com Creative Print Director (0-0): How refreshing was it to see a Husky head coach step up and call both himself and his players out? Tyrone would have blamed Gil Dobie for the lackluster effort. After two full seasons it's time for Sark to take his training wheels off and start coaching with confidence. His game plan (whatever the hell it was) set the tone for a lackluster effort by players and coaches. Hate to say this is a must win game, but, it's a must win game. Lose to the Bows and suddenly you wonder where the wins are going to come from. Win this game (in any fashion) and you can start to write off the EW-PU game as a nice wake-up call against an underrated opponent. Huskies come out angry and win a highly competitive, nerve racking, highlight filled slugfest.

Prediction: Washington 35, Hawaii 31
Joe Kaiser – Dawgman.com stud (1-0): I truly don't know how anyone can look at the Huskies' Week 1 performance against Eastern Washington and feel good about their defense heading into this game against Hawaii, whose quarterback Bryant Moniz led the nation in passing a year ago. Look for the Warriors to beat Washington's young defense again, taking advantage of the Huskies' inability to rush the passer, and for UW to have to play from behind throughout. The young guys on this team still have a lot of growing up to do, and beating Hawaii (even away from the islands) will be too tough for the Dawgs.

Prediction: Washington 28, Hawaii 37
Scott Eklund – Dawgman.com Recruiting guru (1-0): Washington is 1-0 for the first time since 2008 and that definitely has to feel good. What doesn't feel so great is how the team played last week in squeaking by Eastern Washington 30-27. The Huskies must do a better job defensively or QB Brian Moniz will carve them up all day. UW's front-four will be a huge key as well as whoever they put on Moniz to make sure he doesn't get out and run for too many yards. Offensively, the Dawgs must punish the Warriors and get a pass completion longer than 10 yards, something that didn't happen last week. I see the Huskies playing much better against Hawaii and winning, but it won't be easy.

Prediction: Washington 38, Hawaii 33
Chris Fetters: Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief (1-0): Eastern Washington was a big wakeup call for UW, but not because of the scoreboard; it was because of the way the game was played - with little emotion, energy or heart. The coaches have taken the team, and themselves, to task - so expect the Huskies to come flying out of the tunnel Saturday. After that, you might as well flip a coin. That kind of energy and emotion lasts about one series - after that, UW will have to show they can continue to bring the requisite passion to put an opponent in the ground when they have the chance. They found ways to do that at the end of last season, and after flopping against BYU in their 2010 opener came back and played well to beat Syracuse thoroughly. I expect much the same as last year, but it all starts up front. The Huskies are talented enough to move guys around at will, but what they do against Hawaii will dictate how the game goes.

Prediction: Washington 31, Hawaii 23
Kim Grinolds: Dawgman.com Business Operations (1-0): You know they're going to come out more fired up. You know the OL will be pissed off. You know Chris Polk will have a big game. You know the young guys will play better. You also know there will be Husky fans not happy with the way they win ;-)

Prediction: Washington 34, Hawaii 21
David R. Samek – Dawgman (1-0): Hawaii looked okay against a pretty pathetic Colorado team. Hawaii will look better against the UW, undoubtedly. Washington will need to look waaay better than they did against Eastern. I have faith that they will, and that the defense will play more aggressively. Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz will run up some big numbers but the defense will keep them out of the end zone enough to allow the Huskies to win on the running of Chris Polk again, and a healthier Keith Price will get into the positive yards column on the ground as well.

Prediction: Washington 27, Hawaii 23

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