Dawgman Predictions - Week Four

SEATTLE - With a bye week in hand to prepare for their first league game of the 2012 season, the Washington Huskies have a chance to put an immediate stamp on their Pac-12 intentions Thursday night against Stanford at CenturyLink Field. Will UW treat the Cardinal to a Black Out they'll never forget, or will Stanford match it with a knockout of their own? Here's what the staff thinks...

Jay Torrell - Scout.com Creative Print Director (3-0) - Unfortunately, unless Washington proves it can run the ball this will be another replay of the LSU game. Stanford will focus entirely on Price, Williams and ASJ and force the Huskies to find another playmaker on offense. Stanford will methodically pound the Washington defense with a heavy dose of Taylor and Tight Ends, winning the time of possession battle and exhausting the Dawgs. Washington's offense must find a way to stay on the field, if Stanford owns the clock, this game won't be close. I'm ready to be wrong, but the Cardinal are just too-SEC like for the Dawgs to win this game. Huskies keep it close under the roar of the "Black Out" before Stanford wears them out and pulls away. Stanford 32 – 24
Pat Thrapp –Dawgman.com Numbers Guru (3-0) - I hope this Husky team comes ready to brawl. If the Stanford team that played USC the week earlier shows up. It could get ugly. Our guys better step up to the challenge. The Cardinal looked real tough in the trenches against USC. Their defense really surprised me. Stanford 33-17
Andrew Dore - Dawgman.com Intern (3-0) - The atmosphere on Thursday will be unlike any other Husky home game we've seen yet this year. This game will be decided in the trenches. In the past, Stanford has dominated up front. I don't see it being a whole lot different this year. UW needs to force Josh Nunes to pass and keep the ball out of Stephan Taylor's hands. I think the Stanford lines will prove to be too strong and physical for the Huskies and will be the difference in the game. Stanford 23-16
Molly Waldron - Dawgman.com Intern Emeritus (3-0) - The Huskies have a big challenge ahead of them in Stanford, a team that's looking solid on both offense and defense and carries some serious momentum with them into Thursday night's game. The Huskies are well-rested and have a few guys bouncing back from injuries, and should be able to contain Stanford's offense for some stretches. Still, I think the Cardinal comes out on top on this one. Stanford 28-17
Scott Eklund - Dawgman.com Recruiting Guru (3-0) - If you go by the results so far this season, especially after veiwing Stanford's manhandling of USC 10 days ago, there isn't any way you see anything other than a beatdown by the Cardinal. However, I don't think Stanford is as good as they looked vs. the Trojans. I think they are still a good team and will win this game, but I think this is the chance for UW to show people what they are really made of. Stanford wins by pulling away late, but I think this one will be pretty close. Stanford 31-20
Chris Fetters - Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief (3-0) - This game is going to hinge on all the normal factors - running the ball, stopping the run, winning the turnover battle, etc... - but Washington has to create some big plays offensively to stretch the field against a tough Stanford cover-2 defense that will test the discipline of Keith Price to make the right read. The battle of first down will be the telling tale here, as will be the overwhelming advantage for the Cardinal when it comes to depth and experience. Steve Sarkisian nailed it when he said his team is a young, talented team - but a game like this one takes men, not boys. You can't go into a matchup like this with only seven offensive linemen in your two-deeps, six of them sophomores or younger - but that's exactly what the Huskies have to work with. It's like taking a knife to a gun fight, and in the end that lack of depth will take its toll. Stanford 35-14
Kim Grinolds - Dawgman.com Business Operations (3-0) - If there's a must win game on the schedule, this is it. A win sends them into Eugene with a ton of confidence, where a loss will have them soul searching wondering if they're good enough. It's a huge game for this team. I said it before, Stanford wasn't impressive their first two games. After watching their game against USC, I thought " Where did that come from " Expect Washington to do the same wearing all blacks on Thursday night. Travis Coons! Washington 27- 24
David Samek - The Dawgman (2-1) - No prediction sent.

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