Dawgman Predictions

In his third year at the helm, Coach Steve Sarkisian has the Huskies in their second bowl in a row, this time matching up against the Baylor Bears in the Alamo Bowl. This one will feel like a road game with all of the Baylor fans travelling to this one. Here is what the staff feels will go down in San Antonio tomorrow night.

Patrick Thrapp – numbers guru (11-1):

I am thinking a shootout. Especially if Price is healthy. He was one of the QB leaders during the early part of the season. So I think we will be able to score. That leaves us with the other side of the ball. Can we stop them? To do so we need to get turnovers. Also something we did well for some of the season. There was a stretch there in the middle where we didn't. Next take care of the ball when on offense. I have this feeling it will be a close game. One I think we can win with a few breaks.

Prediction: Washington 35, Baylor 33
Scott Panitz – Dawgman.com intern (10-2):

The Dawgs are 9.5 point underdogs for this game, and the rest of the numbers don't look to favorably upon them either, except for the one I've been offering to everyone I can find as a justification for picking the Huskies for a win. The Baylor defense is actually one of the only units in the nation which actually ranks WORSE than the Dawgs. The Heisman voters, as well as UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt, have crowned RG3 as the best player in college football, but a month to prepare for the explosive Bear offense will pay dividends. The time will also prove to have allowed head coach Steve Sarkisian to craft some offensive gadgets - along with a steady diet of Chris Polk - to exploit the Baylor D. We're going to see a lot of points, no doubt, but I think in the end, Washington has better coaching and similar talent, particularly on the offensive end. The Dawgs take this one and uses the momentum to boost what seems a stagnating recruiting class.

Prediction: Washington 47, Baylor 45
Eric Dore – Dawgman.com Intern (10-2):

All Washington has heard about is Baylor's prolific offense and surely all Baylor has heard about is Keith Price, Chris Polk, and the rest of the Husky offense. I think however that Nick Holt and the rest of the Husky defense will have something to say about this and play with a chip on their shoulder. Last year Nebraska pasted the Dawgs for 51 on their home turf the first time around and after an inconsistent year on defense there weren't too many people who thought the result would be any different the second time around. Instead Holt and the defense found a way to hold the Huskers to a measly seven points. Even with the extra bowl time I find it nearly impossible to believe that the Dawgs will hold Baylor to a single digit point total, however if they can hold them to a number in the 30's that should be enough for the Husky offense. Remember, the Baylor defense gives up more points per game than the Husky defense. This only means good things for the Dawgs on offense. A fresh Chris Polk to go along with Keith Price who has been able to let his knees rest for the past month should equate to a Husky victory – the second in three years for a team coming off an 0-12 season.

Prediction: Washington 42, Baylor 38
Jay Torrell – Scout.com Creative Print Director (11-1):

For maybe the first time ever Baylor will be playing on a national stage with overwhelming expectation to win. Baylor has RGIII, the Heisman trophy winner just off the banquet circuit and the Dave Letterman Show. Baylor is featured in every commercial advertising the game. Baylor is the team every sports analyst is talking about. Baylor will have 50,000+ fans at the game. Baylor has the unstoppable offense (and a defense that can't stop anyone.) Baylor, Baylor, Baylor. Oh, and they're playing the Warshington Cougars, I mean Washington (the State not District of Columbia) Huskies who've got a pretty good offense themselves (Price, Polk, ASJ) and a not-as-bad-as-Baylor defense. Baylor is the team with everything to lose. The Huskies? They're just the team that's going to win.

Prediction: Washington 42, Baylor 31
Shane Pahukoa – Husky Safety Emeritus Extraordinaire (7-5):

I don't know about you all but I'm tired of hearing about RG3 and his Heisman Trophy. It takes more than one player to win a game…just ask Desmond Howard. Baylor's defense is garbage. They've allowed nearly 200 yards rushing per game this season. So you know Chris Polk is gonna get his. With this game possibly being his last in the Purple & Gold, look for him to carry most of the load. He's going to try to go out with a bang and a "W". The key to this game is for our Huskies to come out swinging fast. The defense needs to try to control the line of scrimmage and apply as much pressure on Griffin as possible. Make him turn the ball over. If we can control the time of possession and keep their offense off the field then we have a great chance. If Price and Polk are on….the Baylor Bears better watch out!

Prediction: Washington 38, Baylor 35
Scott Eklund – Dawgman.com Recruiting guru (9-3):

Both of these offenses should have their way with their opponents' defense. I believe this one will be high scoring, but in the end, Robert Griffin will be too much for the Huskies and the Bears will run away with it at the end.

Prediction: Baylor 45, Washington 30
Dick Baird – former recruiting coordinator and LB coach (7-5):

Washington will surprise many by making more defensive stops than people expect. The Baylor rushing game will not get anything going, thus they will need RG3 for every big play. He will deliver a lot of them, but not enough to counter Chris Polk's big game. I see #1 for Washington going for 180 yards and three touchdowns, while Keith Price hits ASJ and Jermaine Kearse for a touchdown each, and runs for one as well.

Prediction: Washington 42, Baylor 33
Chris Fetters: Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief (9-3):

With the over/under hovering right around 80, it's hard not to think this game is going to be a barn-burner. Anything is possible in bowl games, as Washington fans saw last year, and Steve Sarkisian has shown he can be successful when they have some time to prepare for an opponent. By almost any measure, whether it's by statistics, experience, development as a program under their current head coach - Baylor and Washington nearly mirror each other, with one major exception: The Bears are led by a Heisman Trophy winner. And I believe Robert Griffin III will ultimately show why he was Heisman-worthy. Washington will do their best to take the pro-BU crowd out of the game by keeping pace with the Bears on the scoreboard, but Griffin will nut up when it counts - in the fourth quarter - and lead his team to a couple key late drives to push Baylor over the top.

Prediction: Baylor 45, Washington 38
Kim Grinolds: Dawgman.com Business Operations (10-2):

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Prediction: Washington 31, Baylor 30
David R. Samek – Dawgman (9-3):

This game is going to be fun to watch. Expect a lot of offense and a lot of points. I think Chris Polk will have a big game, going for 150 and two scores in what may very well be his last game. Keith Price will find receivers open against a very porous Baylor secondary. Expect the Huskies to roll up over 400 yards of offense. But it won't be enough. RGIII is going to shred the Husky defense and good. His mobility will prove to be a real issue for the pass rush, which hasn't been consistent since about 2001. Look for Baylor to roll the Husky defense for 500+ yards and score too many points for Washington to keep up.

Prediction: Baylor 51, Washington 38

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