Dawgman Predictions

Washington enters the game with interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo at the helm, hoping to get the Huskies their 9th win of the season. BYU also is looking for their 9th win. The game will be played in San Francisco tomorrow, kickoff is at 6:30PM.


Kim Grinolds – CEO: The continuity of the staff took a huge hit when Steve Sarkisian, Peter Sirmon and Keith Heyward all left to join USC. That's the head coach and, arguably, UW's top two positional coaches. What does that mean? I think it spells trouble and this has all the makings of the Huskies losing their third bowl game in a row.

Prediction: BYU 35, Washington 24
Chris Fetters – Editor In Chief: We saw what happened with Boise State amid their coaching turmoil, and I expect something similar with Washington. The odds are stacked against UW in this scenario. The Huskies will make it close, they'll battle - but ultimately the lack of continuity will cost them at key moments - especially when it comes to trying to run up-tempo from far away along a funky sideline setup.

Prediction: BYU 31, Washington 24
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor: Heading into this game, I expected UW to come in focused and ready to blow out BYU. I was thinking about a 21-point UW victory. Now, I'd be shocked if the Huskies win. With all of the coaching turmoil and the fact that the players have had to battle through all of the distractions, I just don't see any way that they will come out and play their best game. Taysom Hill will give UW's defense fits and I can't see the Huskies stopping them much. Hope I'm wrong, but I don't think I am.

Prediction: BYU 42, Washington 27
Pat Thrapp – Statistics Coordinator: Merry Christmas to you & your entire circle. Surprisingly enough this is a better rushing team than the Huskies. They have 2 1200+ yard rushers. This BYU team has played some decent talent. Big win against Texas early. They let Boise & Idaho St score more than then the UW did in their games. The numbers say these are 2 very comparable teams. The unknown for me is the effect the disheveled coaching staff will have on the team. I feel like the defense should be unchanged since Wilcox is still there. I am excited to see Tui run the show. Rick Neuheisel mentioned as much.

Prediction: Washington 38, BYU 33
David Samek – The Dawgman: Well, crap. I had this one all figured out right after the Apple Cup. Washington was going to use Bishop Sankey to run all over BYU and John Ross III was going to take a kickoff return to the house, and the Huskies were going to roll BYU by two touchdowns. Now? How can they maintain that kind of focus given what's happened over the past two weeks? I still think the Huskies will win but it will be a lot closer than it would've been. Travis Coons provides the difference and Marcus Peters clinches the game with a late pick.

Prediction: Washington 31, BYU 30

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