Dawgman Predictions

The Dawgs take their 2-0 show on the road to Lincoln, Neb. to take on the Cornhuskers. Nebraska is very tough at home no matter how young or down they might be. What does the staff feel will happen on Saturday? Here's the scoop.

Patrick Thrapp – Dawgman.com Numbers Guru (2-0): I believe we will have our hands full this game. Martinez's legs have me worried. If he can't be contained it will be a long day for our defense. I think our offense will have some success though. Fresno was able to run the ball against Nebraska. To a tune of 190 yards. Fresno had 25 more plays than Nebraska to. This gives me some confidence that Polk and gang could do the same if not better. Our offense could be our best defensive weapon. If they can sustain some drives. We just need the defense to start forcing some punts. You got to admit though. We are doing a good job of forcing turnovers. In then end I just feel we are not as physical a team as Nebraska is.

Prediction: Nebraska 38, Washington 24
Shane Pahukoa – Former UW safety Extraordinaire (2-0): Let's go defense!! Allowing nearly 450 yards per game is horrendous. Have some damn respect for yourselves and be disciple in your assignments. Worry about the man across from you….defeat him at all cost. I don't know how else to say it! Maybe its time for some personnel changes Coach Sark…just sayin'. To win we have to contain Taylor Martinez and keep him from bustin' loose…that's obvious. If we can keep the rushing total low and create some turnovers then we have a good chance to leave Lincoln with a win. I'm hyped about our offense and all the weapons we have. I know we can move the ball on Nebraska. Last week the Husker defense allowed Fresno State RB Robbie Rouse to run for 169 yards on 36 carries. You gotta expect Chris Polk to carry the majority of the load on Saturday. He's the workhorse on this team and he's the one that's gonna win it for ‘em. Boys, I've played in Nebraska…their fans are nuts…the stadium is loud and it's going to get crazy!! Stay focused on the task at hand and DEFEAT YOUR MAN. GO DAWGS! Prediction…Yes I'm a HOMER...

Prediction: Washington 38, Nebraska 28
Scott Panitz – Dawgman.com intern (2-0): I expect a bit more balance than we saw in the 2010 Holiday Bowl win by the Husky offense. I don't expect balance from Nebraska. They are going to come out and try to run over and around the Husky defense, like they do to everyone else. It's going to be difficult to stop them, especially in front of a sea of red and with two inexperienced young starting linebackers. It's going to be tough for the Dawgs come back to Seattle with a win, especially with Nebraska coaches preaching revenge all week. That being said, I don't expect the venue to be too big for Washington, and stopping the rush is the defense's strength. On offense they'll have a better scheme for getting their receivers open than last year, likely utilizing the constant pre-snap motion they showed last week against Hawaii. Plus, Chris Polk. His swagger and ability will keep the game close while Keith Price will begin to write his legacy, leading a late scoring drive to close the game out. The Dawgs will win and find themselves ranked next week.

Prediction: Washington 24, Nebraska 21
Eric Dore – Dawgman.com Intern (2-0): If the Huskies are to come away with a victory it will start with throwing the proverbial first punch. A big special teams play or a forced turnover in the beginning could go a long way in determining how this game ends. Furthermore, a youthful Husky squad could use a break early to build confidence and prove to themselves they can hang around in the daunting confines of Memorial Stadium. Nebraska's numbers under Pelini back this statement up, as the Huskers are 24-2 when leading at halftime compared to just 5-9 when losing at halftime. While Nebraska is not as good as they were last year, losing a handful of NFL players, the Huskies will still struggle. The Achilles' heel for the Husky defense thus far has been getting stops on third down. Opponents are converting an alarming 70 percent of their third downs. The Husky defense couldn't get off the field against the Eagles and the Warriors so I find it hard to believe these problems will suddenly reverse themselves against the top ten Cornhuskers.

Prediction: Nebraska 30, Washington 13
Jay Torrell – Scout.com Creative Print Director (2-0): Pretty simple formula to win this game. Contain the run outside, force Taylor Martinez to throw the ball, get off the field on 3rd downs, force turnovers, avoid turnovers, run the ball (Chris Polk) effectively, control the clock, stretch the field, hit the tight end (ASF), great special teams play, win the field position battle, keep Price healthy, no coaching brain cramps, etc... Okay, maybe it's not a simple formula but you get the point - Dawgs have to play a perfect game to win. A Husky victory would be the most surprising since, well, the last time they played Nebraska. I do think that Nebraska is still underrating this Husky team. The volumes of excuses for losing the Holiday Bowl combined with the fact that they think of this as a "revenge" game is yawn-inspiring. They've got too many issues of their own to be worrying about revenge. Dawgs put up a fight, but youthful turnovers and inexperience are too much to overcome.

Prediction: Nebraska 30, Washington 23
Joe Kaiser – Dawgman.com stud (1-1): The Huskies surprised me last week against Hawaii (and it did pain me to pick against them), but winning this week in front of the thousands of ridiculously nice fans in Lincoln would be a shock. These Dawgs are still young pups, and the youth is showing up more than many care to realize, especially on defense. Can they find a way to slow down Taylor Martinez this year? Maybe if this game was later in the season, but not now.

Prediction: Nebraska 35, Washington 20
Scott Eklund – Dawgman.com Recruiting guru (2-0): I can see a couple of scenarios where Washington comes out on top in this game. First, if they can may Taylor Martinez one-dimensional and get a few big plays on offense, they could easily get a win. Second, they could pound the rock all day and stuff the run on defense and that too could result in a win for the Dawgs. That being said, I see both teams scoring on their first drives and then Nebraska heading into the locker room with a 10-point lead and then Washington never being able to get closer than one score. In the end, the Huskies keep it close, but end up losing by 14.

Prediction: Nebraska 35, Washington 21
Dick Baird – former recruiting coordinator and LB coach (2-0): Nebraska might be the biggest, strongest, and fastest team we play this year. They have over 150 kids on their team and we barely have 100. They have 4 indoor facilities and we have 1. They are ranked in the top ten and we haven't been there in a decade. They are picked to win by almost 3 touchdowns and are playing at home before a sea of red. Consequently, Washington wins on an Erik Folk field goal at the buzzer. Huskies need only to hang around and don't get floored early. Give the ball to Polk in second half and let him keep them in check by pounding it in there. Washington by 2. Besides, what would you expect me to say, that they're going to lose? Can't think that way, never have, never will. Have to believe it can happen and it will.

Prediction: Washington 23, Nebraska 21
Chris Fetters: Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief (2-0): I'm of two minds on this one...one has me thinking Nebraska is out for blood and will overwhelm a young UW team from the jump, grabbing an early insurmountable lead and never allowing the Huskies to get in the game. But that's just flashbacks from '98. The other has me thinking the Huskies survive an early storm, come back to keep things interesting, but just doesn't have it at the end to lose an otherwise winnable game. My head believes the latter is what's going to happen. All the Nebraska revenge talk, we-weren't-there-for-the-Holiday Bowl nonsense will die down within the first couple series, but what won't stop is the Cornhuskers' big-play capability. UW will be able to contain Taylor Martinez, but they won't be able to stop him when it matters, and they won't be able to run on the road in a hostile environment when it counts either. They haven't been able to at home under friendly circumstances. I think UW is down a score going into the last 15 minutes, but can't get over the hump as NU tacks on another tally late just to make things a little more palatable for the home fans, who know their team also has plenty to work on, especially for a top-10 team.

Prediction: Nebraska 42, Washington 28
Kim Grinolds: Dawgman.com Business Operations (2-0): I get the sense of a little turmoil in Lincoln. Possibly two walk on's starting on the O-line for the Huskers, an injured All American who won't play, and trouble stopping the run. Who wants it more? Another Folk Hero moment with a last minute FG

Prediction: Washington 24, Nebraska 23
David R. Samek – Dawgman (2-0): Nebraska is tough in Lincoln. Those guys love playing in front of their very knowledgeable and loud crowd. Washington is ready for this game. The offense has been very solid so far. Polk is a stud and Price is as accurate of a quarterback as the Huskies have had in some time. Taylor Martinez is going to shred the Husky defense but oddly enough, this match up is probably preferable for Holt's charges. They have faced 18 more passes than any other defense in the country so far, so they will get a chance to see how they match up against a more balanced offense. I think Nebraska will be very ready for this after what happened to them at the Holiday Bowl, and that mental edge will be too much for the Huskies to overcome. The rubber match goes to the guys with the "N" on their helmet. Nebraska gets off to a quick 21-0 lead and Washington has to fight back the rest of the game, but runs out of time and gas.

Prediction: Nebraska 38, Washington 27

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