DAWGMAN PREDICTIONS

Arizona State comes into rainy and windy (and dark) Husky Stadium with a well earned national ranking. They present a balanced attack with a solid defense and good special teams. How will the Huskies fare after coming off of a road thumping at Oregon? Here is what the staff feels.


Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (6-1): Second week in a row with a very tough match up. ASU is a better offensive team than us on paper, and the Huskies are a better team on defense than they are. Again on paper. They have a terrifically talented defensive player in Randall. We also have some very talented players on defense. The Devils have a really good running back in JD Foster. Although he is not like the bruising RB we saw last week, or in our 1st game against Hawaii. So maybe we will be able to wrap up this guy. I just don't see us with enough horses to stay with them though. Maybe being a night game with inclement weather on had. That may slow them down. Also them starting a QB that has been out for a while may also play in our favor. Still I don't think it will be enough. I sure hope I am eating crow next week over this pick.

Prediction: ASU 35, Washington 27
Marshall Cherrington - Intern Extraordinaire (5-2): The Huskies will be fired up after last weeks deflating loss against Oregon. I think Troy Williams gets the start and exceeds expectations on his way to throwing for 250+ yards and 3 TD's. The defense will be rockin' and rollin' in the rain and will intercept Taylor Kelley at least once. Coach Pete's biggest game of his young Husky career and I think the team gets it done.

Prediction: Washington 35, ASU 31
Jay Torrell - Sports Washington Creative Director (5-2): Dark, stormy, wet, sloppy, windy and loud – that's what I'm hoping for on Saturday night ... ASU puts up tons of yards but turns the ball over ... Shaq touches the ball on defense AND offense as he gets 10+ carries filling in for the depleted backfield ... Troy Williams gets a shot and is electric but far from perfect ... Petersen empties the playbook to get points on the board ... sacks come in bunches ... Eugene fades away and the Huskies get back on the rails.

Prediction: Washington 33, ASU 24
Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (6-1): Not sure where to go on this one. Before the season, I had UW winning this game rather handily. However, as I've watched the team so far this season and seen what the Sun Devils have been able to do, I just don't see a Husky win. Troy Williams likely gets his first start this week and if that's the case, ASU will be throwing everything they have at him. If Cyler Miles starts, it will probably be more of the same as the Sun Devils will likely choose to cover with seven or eight and do their best to get pressure with three or four up front. Washington must negate Taylor Kelly's running, which they have yet to show they can do or get pressure on Bercovici. I have more confidence in the Dawgs' ability to beat a Bercovici led attack than one led by Kelly. We'll see what happens, but I have UW losing this one by 14.

Prediction: ASU 34, Washington 20
Chris Fetters - Editor In Chief (5-2) : Huskies at home, late night game, no chance of anything but rain in the forecast - I would usually pick Washington almost every time with my prediction. But not this time. Arizona State is ranked for a reason; they have been able to find that balance of being able to play very well in all three phases of play, and they also have the luxury of getting their starting quarterback back, while Washington is expected to lose theirs. That's never a good thing. With Dwayne Washington and Lavon Coleman also banged up and probably sidelined, UW is going to have to rely on Shaq Thompson to help Deontae Cooper generate some run game. Playing Shaq a lot on offense is an interesting notion, but if the offensive line couldn't generate push with the other RB's, not sure where Shaq becomes the cure-all. And with little run game, Troy Williams will face an ASU front seven with nothing to do but pin their ears back and get after him with little hesitation. Washington's defense will keep this moderately close, and turnovers are bound to happen with a slippery ball, but their offense won't be able to match the Sun Devils score for score.

Prediction: ASU 28, Washington 17
Kim Grinolds – CEO (5-2) : It's time for UW to come up with a big win to kill this losing streak. Sun Devils are good, but weather and Husky Stadium can have a funny way of dealing with good teams. Troy Williams...watch out. I think Huskies pull the upset.

Prediction: Washington 35, ASU 28
David Samek - The Dawgman (6-1): Washington just doesn’t have the running game nor the receivers to put up enough points to stay up with Arizona State’s offense. The Husky defense is plenty good enough, but the Husky rushing attack just isn’t solid enough to keep the ball long enough to sustain a few drives. Shaq Thompson should get more carries and hopefully he can make this pedestrian UW offensive line look better than it has. Troy Williams presents a nice wrinkle, should he get as many snaps as I think he will. But he is also turnover prone, and ASU will feast on that if it comes to fruition. Look for the visitors on a sloppy evening on Montlake Boulevard where fans won’t get home until after midnight. I only expect about 55,000 fans there, and at the end it will be half that.

Prediction: ASU 31, Washington 23.

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