Dawgman Predictions

Washington looked dangerous enough to win against USC but then soiled the bed with turnovers and a blocked punt. Can they rebound and avoid a late-season slide? It all begins Saturday night in Arizona. Here is what the staff thinks will happen.


Patrick Thrapp – numbers guru:

Let me just say the DAWGS had better be able to move the ball and score on this Wildcat team. Otherwise to quote Bill Murray from Stripes "There is something wrong with us. Something very very wrong with us. Something seriously wrong with us." After all this Arizona team is 110th in the nation in total yardage given up. They have allowed 141 points in the last 3 losses. Something has got to give. This game may very well be a real shootout in the end. Arizona is known to score too. Although I am expecting our defense to reign them in some. That is my hope anyway. With that said. I am going to take the DAWGs in a road win.

Prediction: Washington 35, Arizona 31
Andrew Dore – Dawgman.com intern:

Both the Huskies and Wildcats enter the matchup at 3-3. Arizona has a strong offense with Matt Scott and overlooked Ka'Deem Carry. The Huskies defense showed its full potential last week in the second half against USC. We'll see if the defense can continue to play as strong as it has. I'm still waiting for the offense to come around. Keith Price needs to take better care of the football and work to get it even more to Kasen and ASJ. The Huskies can't expect to go down to Tucson expecting to win and lose the turnover battle.

Prediction: Arizona 28, Washington 24
Jay Torrell – Scout.com Creative Print Director:

The Arizona game was suppose to be the beginning of the easier part of the schedule but I fear the Huskies have taken too many body blows to be able to rally in the second half. Unlike the loses to LSU and Quackland the USC game stung because it felt winnable and I worry the Dawgs will come out flat in a game that has become a must win for both teams. Lose this one and the season almost certainly spirals out of control. Win this one, take the momentum and beat the Beavers next week and anything becomes possible. Price has got to step up and deliver. His turnovers are killing this team. Anything short of an Alamo Bowl-esque effort from Price and this one could be a blowout. Defense does their job but too many lost possessions from the offense shortens the field and loses the game.

Prediction: Arizona 42, UW 31
Molly Waldron – former Dawgman intern:

Arizona enters Saturday's game with hopes of winning their first PAC 12 match-up of the season, while Washington looks to bounce back after two tough losses. Keith Price and the Husky offense should be able to build their battered confidence back up against a weak Wildcat defense. On the other side of the ball, the Husky defense will be tested against QB Matt Scott, who's had an impressive season proving he can really pass the football. Ultimately I think the Dawgs will overcome recent struggles scoring and come out on top this time around.

Prediction: UW - 34 Arizona – 30
Scott Eklund – Dawgman.com Recruiting guru:

It goes without saying, the Huskies need this win. After beating Stanford three weeks ago, the Huskies were riding high -- ranked and ready to go into Oregon and make a run at their hated rivals to the south. Well, we all know how that turned out and then last week, USC came to town and the Huskies handed the Trojans a win by turning the ball over four times and having a punt blocked that was returned for a touchdown as well. This week they face a very good offense that is averaging 37 points per game, but their defense is allowing 32.7, so this might be a chance for the Husky offense to break out with a big game. They certainly will need it. The defense need to get pressure and hits on Wildcats QB Matt Scott and keep him in check as much as possible and Keith Price needs to have a bounce back game from his past two performances. I see both of those things happening, but in the end, I think Arizona comes out with the win.

Prediction: Arizona 28, Washington 24
Chris Fetters: Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief:

This is a game that sets up well for Washington offensively; they need to get back on track and what better than to play an Arizona team ranked second to last in the league in total defense and scoring defense? Problem is, Steve Sarkisian is 4-14 so far in his UW career on the road, numbers that just don't add up to a Husky victory in the desert. Washington will do better than their Pac-12 brethren in keeping a potent Arizona offense relatively in check by bending but not breaking it won't be enough to see UW through given their struggles on offense, especially away from home. I think turnovers and missed opportunities in the red zone will once again spell the difference between victory and defeat.

Prediction: Arizona 31, Washington 21
Kim Grinolds: Dawgman.com Business Operations:

This game is a tough one to get my arms around. You'd think Arizona's D would be the cure for Keith Price's ills. Arizona also seems pretty banged up. But then you look at what they did against Stanford's D ,,,,,,,,I don't know what to think. It's going to be a close game. It's going to be a shootout. Bottom line, road wins in The Pac-12 are hard to come by.

Prediction: Arizona 42, UW 41
David R. Samek – Dawgman:

Can Washington win on the road? Sure. Can they do it on Saturday? I doubt it. The offense has taken a HUGE step back, and I think both Keith Price and Steve Sarkisian miss Doug Nussmeier, who is doing great things at Alabama now. Washington has lost its play calling magic that set up the execution so beautifully. When Washington loses this game and goes 3-4, expect the natives to get restless in a hurry and expect there to be some well deserved pressure on Sark. His team needs to show that they are underperforming. The kicking and punting games are shaky, the quarterback play has been less than stellar, and the only receiver that ever gets open is Austin Seferian-Jenkins. My confidence in this team is at a low.

Prediction: Arizona 33, Washington 21

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