Dawgman Predictions

Washington currently sits at 5-2 after getting boat raced out of Palo Alto to the tune of 65-21. Can the Huskies rebound from such a drubbing and be up for such an important game on Saturday evening? Here is what the staff thinks will go down in Husky Stadium.

Patrick Thrapp – numbers guru (7-0):

I think we will be seeing a shootout this Saturday evening. Arizona is 0 and 4 on the road. We are 4 and 0 at home. Our scoring defense is ranked 104th. Theirs is ranked 105th. Their QB, Nick Foles, is pretty good. As is ours, Keith Price. I believe where we have the edge is with Chris Polk and our rushing game.

Prediction: Washington 38, Arizona 33
Shane Pahukoa – Former UW safety Extraordinaire (5-2):

Time to regroup after last week's debacle. If the Dawgs have any pride they'll come out this Saturday and stick it to Arizona. No mercy and no let down. Arizona can rack up the yards pretty well, but they're also allowing teams to do the same. Sounds familiar! The only way I see Arizona winning is if they keep our offense of the field. When Price and Polk are both on....watch out. I just hope our defense drops a "set" and wins the battle. Secondary better have their track shoes on...AZ averages 373 yards a game passing!! Have fun...Oh...and if the Huskies players and the Husky fans think wearing black uniforms will give them an edge....then they are all delusional.

Prediction: Washington 48, Arizona 31
Scott Panitz – Dawgman.com intern (6-1):

Two weeks ago, my prediction for this game would have been very different. My how things have changed. UW was rolling until it got blown out by Stanford, and Arizona was mired in 5-game losing streak that led to its coach being fired before knocking the stuffing out of Slick Rick's UCLA Bruins. While I am very confident the Dawgs will bounce back with a performance worthy of their short-lived top 25 billing, this game is going to be a lot closer than I once thought. Arizona is much more talented than its 2-5 record indicates. Nick Foles and Juron Criner, along with 'Zona's other big recievers, are the best group Washington's 11th-ranked Pac 12 pass defense has faced, which doesn't bode well. Look for that unit to put up the big yardage totals we've become accustomed to seeing piled up against the secondary. However, the one team worse against the pass in the Pac 12 is Arizona. The Wildcats also rank 10th against the run. I expect the Huskies to be balanced on offense, outlast the 'Cats in a shootout, and become bowl-eligible with four games to go on the season.

Prediction: Washington 38, Arizona 31
Eric Dore – Dawgman.com Intern (6-1):

It doesn't get much worse than last week and fortunately Stanford is in the rear view mirror. However, I wouldn't be surprised if the 446 rushing yards that the Dawgs gave up last week turned into 446 passing yards for Nick Foles this week. If it wasn't for Mason Foster's "Miracle on Montlake" I think I would still have nightmares of Foles bubble screening the Husky defense to death back in 2009. Fortunately for the Huskies though the Arizona defense appears to be even worse than Washington's as they allow 173 rushing yards and 290 passing yards per game. Considering Polk went for 140+ yards in one half against a stingy Stanford defense last week, I expect a monster game out of him Saturday. The element of Polk coupled with Price will give the Wildcat defense fits as they have only gotten to the quarterback 5 times all year, which will allow Price all day in the pocket. I expect to see a more inspired effort out of the Washington defense this week, however ultimately it's going to be up to the Husky offense to keep pace with Arizona in order to get the win.

Prediction: Washington 45, Arizona 41
Jay Torrell – Scout.com Creative Print Director (6-0):

The sure to be surly Huskies have two things going for them...a chance for revenge (44-14 last year) and redemption (see Stanford.) There's not a chance this team takes Arizona lightly (4 losses against ranked teams, 3 from the top 10, a post angry man win thumping of UCLA) and both sides of the ball will come out firing. I expect a high scoring game that comes down to the final possessions of the fourth quarter. Home cooking, black uni's, a well fed (drank) crowd, Price&Polk, timely turnovers and Holt's boys don't quiet the critics but get the job done leading the Dawgs to victory over a nothing-to-lose Arizona team.

Prediction: Washington 45, Arizona 41
Joe Kaiser – Dawgman.com stud (5-2):

No way the Huskies lose this game at home. Yes, their defense is bad. Against Stanford, bad is an understatement. But back at home, against a much less difficult opponent than Stanford, look for UW to come out looking like they have something to prove. The Dawgs will win this one going away, and do so behind Chris Polk, who will run for over 200 yards and three touchdowns.

Prediction: Washington 49, Arizona 31
Scott Eklund – Dawgman.com Recruiting guru (6-1):

After getting run over, almost literally, by Stanford last weekend, the Huskies will face a much different opponent this week in Arizona. Where Stanford was likely the most physical team Washington will face all season, Arizona likes to dink-and-dunk you all game with the arm of senior QB Nick Foles. UW should be able to handle the Wildcats' running game, so this game will come down to how the defense plays the short passing game. If they can get a few hits on Foles, they should get him to make a mistake or two and that will go a long way in deciding who wins the game because the Husky offense should be able to put up yards and points against a soft Arizona defense. UW wins a shootout at Husky stadium and gets bowl-eligible after only eight games.

Prediction: Washington 38, Arizona 31
Dick Baird – former recruiting coordinator and LB coach (5-2):

Arizona comes in with a tremendous quarterback in Nick Foles and he is a shotgun catch-and-throw guy so it will be hard to sack him. He has tall receivers and Washington's secondary has struggled much of the year so far. This game could easily be in the 40's with hopefully Washington winning by a score of like 44-38. The Huskies will want to win the kicking game and the turnover battle, two areas they lost last weekend. Stop the run and make them a one dimensional team will be important but simply doing whatever it takes to win will be a must.

Prediction: Washington 44, Arizona 38
Chris Fetters: Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief (6-1):

This game is going to be interesting to watch. Whatever the over is, take it. Whatever the prop bet may be for total yardage, take the over. If there's a prop bet for pass completions by UA QB Nick Foles, go big. Haven't seen defense this bad since Grenada or the Falklands, and because the offenses are SO good, it's going to be like watching a tennis match. In all honesty, I'm still trying to figure out how they hold each other under 50, it's could get that crazy. But with all the footballs being tossed around Husky Stadium like a high-profile 7-7 game, one of these teams has to blink - and I think Arizona will blink first. This is typically around the time the Huskies' D wakes up from their slumber; at least that's what happened the first two years under Nick Holt. At some point it all comes together - the DL starts to affect Foles and the young Arizona OL, the OLB's grow up and start to make plays on a consistent basis, and UW makes the 'Cats one-dimensional by shutting down the run like they did against Utah. Foles may get his 400 yards passing, but if that's all he's doing it shouldn't be enough as long as Washington follows a simple game-plan; win the turnover battle, win the battle of third down, and win special teams. If Foles has to start every drive at his own 20, the Huskies can bend-but-don't-break all night long.

Prediction: Washington 51, Arizona 35
Kim Grinolds: Dawgman.com Business Operations (7-0):

If you told your babysitter you'd be home by 11 or 12 you may want to tell her to bring her sleeping bag. This won't be a 3 hour game. Will Nick Holt silence his critics? Not likely as Arizona will dink and dunk all night long and put up 400 plus yards. On the other side, Chris Polk is going to go Chris Polk. Don't be surprised to see a 200 yard game from Chris. The blackout at night will be awesome awesome awesome.........Thanks Nick. Even though the ‘Cats pile up the yards, the end zone won't be as easy, and it won't be enough.

Prediction: Washington 41, Arizona 17
David R. Samek – Dawgman (6-1):

My prediction last week was correct, but not even close to depicting what happened. Good grief! This week I see an easy Husky win. I really do. I think that the offense will be relieved to not have the OL get crushed, and I think the defense will bend-a-plenty, but they won't break as often inside the red zone. I see Washington scoring too many touchdowns and running away with the game in the third quarter. Husky fans will continue to badmouth the Husky defense as they give up 400+ yards, but for the most part, those yards will ring hollow as the ‘Cats have to settle for field goals too often.

Prediction: Washington 48, Arizona 30

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