Dawgman Predictions

2013 is definitely the most anticipated year of the Steve Sarkisian era. Will be break through the 7-win mark? It all begins on Saturday against a Boise State team that defeated Washington just over 8 months ago. The Huskies hope to make the lid-lifter of new Husky Stadium one to remember. Here is how the staff sees it.

Kim Grinolds – Business Operations

The new era in Husky football starts Saturday night in The New Husky Stadium. The electricity will be something Husky fans haven't seen since Tommie Smith's sack against Nebraska in the first ever night game at the old stadium. This won't be as close as many think, as the Huskies get it going early and often, routing the visitors from Boise.

Prediction: Washington 41, Boise State 17
Chris Fetters – Editor-In-Chief

It seems inconceivable that Washington loses a game of this magnitude, and with so many things going in their favor (home game, new Husky Stadium, noise factor, revenge mode). However, Boise State hasn't won over 90 percent of their games under Chris Petersen by accident. The Broncos will come to Seattle prepared as best they can to handle the noise and whatever else the Huskies plan to throw at them - but you just can't simulate something that's never been seen before. And Saturday's experience at the newly renovated Husky Stadium will be just that - a new experience for everyone. The fact that UW has been inside it practicing for three weeks will give them the edge in the critical moments,

Prediction: Washington 35, Boise State 27
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Director

Even with Austin Seferian-Jenkins' absence, the Huskies still have the talent edge. I see Keith Price having a solid game where he takes care of the ball. This one will be close until Washington scores a late touchdown to pull away for a relatively comfortable win.

Prediction: Washington 31, Boise State 20
Pat Thrapp – Stats guru

We have a lot more returning lettermen than Boise.  A lot more returning starters too.  We are probably deeper in depth this year than we have been is some time. Opening a new stadium that will be much more intimate for the fans.  Boise won't be shell shocked though.  They will be plenty prepared.  I see a close game with UW prevailing in the end.

Prediction: Washington 34, Boise State 30
Dave Samek – The Dawgman

Steve Sarkisian has never felt this much pressure before. I am very excited to see how he handles it. With a senior QB, a veteran OL, and one of the top tailbacks on the west coast, Washington has a lot going for it. Also, it is their first game in a brand new home and they want desperately to win this one. It will go a long ways in setting the tone. If they lose this one, it could be a long season and would make it even more difficult to break through. I foresee a big day by Bishop Sankey, 144 yards on 22 carries, and I see Price being efficient with the ball and finding Kasen Williams for a TD and running for another. The Dawg defense gives up nearly 400 yards but not as many points as the offense scores.

Prediction: Washington 33, Boise State 28
Andrew Dore – Intern Emeritus

On Saturday Night, the Huskies return to Montlake. I don't see this game being like the Las Vegas Bowl. Mainly, I don't think the Huskies lose. I think this Husky defense powered by a frenzied crowd will be too much for Joe Southwick and the Bronco offense. The Huskies have proved they can win when ASJ has not showed up statistically (see Stanford and Oregon State last year). It will be interesting to see how they fair without ASJ at all. I see Bishop Sankey using this game to jump-start yet another amazing season.

Prediction: Washington 27, Boise State 23
Marshall Cherrington - Intern

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Prediction: Washington 31, Boise State 23


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