DAWGMAN.COM PREDICTIONS

After a convincing 37-13 win over Oregon State in UW's final home game of the 2014 season, there's only one right way to end the Huskies' 2014 season; a win in the Palouse over Washington State. It's the 107th Apple Cup, but the biggest question is - how does the Dawgman staff see this rivalry game playing out? Will it be a clean sweep like last week?

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (10-2): I think the game is going to hinge on whether we can control their passing offense. We need to have a running game to control possession. This means moving the chains. Hopefully limiting the time the Cougars have with the ball. I have for some time this year a concern about this game. I think Eastern planted this concern. Can't give up long plays. Can't have untimely penalties. Force that offense off the field as quick as possible. The Huskies goal no doubt. I think they get it done this time on the road.

Prediction: Washington 38, Washington State 30
Marshall Cherrington - Intern Extraordinaire (8-4): An 8-5 regular season record was not what I or many Husky fans expected out of Chris Petersen's first year at the helm. I was thinking more of a double digit win season, but that'll have to wait for the future. Petersen may never finish the season with 7 wins or less like his predecessor did more than once and Dawg fans were probably thankful for that on Thanksgiving. Luke Falk is a sudden revelation and will give the Huskies some challenges, but not enough. Huskies sneak out of Pullman with the victory.

Prediction: Washington 34, Washington State 30
Jay Torrell - Sports Washington Creative Director (9-3): Last week felt like the Huskies birdied the 17th hole against the Beavs after 4-putting the 16th for a triple-bogey against Arizona. This season is that lousy round of golf where you finally find your swing on the final holes and makes you turn to your partner and ask if they are up for 18 more. While the Dawgs wish the season was just beginning, the Cougs (yet again) need a win over their rivals to salvage the season.

Prediction: Washington 42, Washington State 27
Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (11-1): On the face of it, if you just look at the talent on hand, the Huskies should walk in this game. They have a better defense and their offense, while not as prolific from a yardage standpoint, is much more balanced. That all being said, this is the Apple Cup where weird things happen.One of the biggest playmakers the Husky defense will need to deal with is WR Vince Mayle who, at least in my opinion, is one of the top receiving threats in the conference and the secondary will need to be on their toes. On offense, getting a running game going is imperative because the Cougars' front seven can get after the quarterback. I think the Huskies win this one, but like most Apple Cups, it could go either until the end.

Prediction: Washington 27, Washington State 24
Chris Fetters - Editor In Chief (9-3): Sorry, but this Washington State offense scares me just a little bit. How can they continue to put up nearly 500 yards a game through the air and still lose game after game? Clearly they are as one-dimensional as can be offensively, but it's also just as clear that their defense and special teams are plain bad. The Cougars want to turn this into a track meet if they can't, but I think UW wins this by using their offensive balance and making life hell for Luke Falk. The front seven (and maybe some more) will be coming at him from all sides, and while they get the ball off pretty quickly they won't always be able to do that once they get behind. This could get a bit ugly, considering WSU has nothing to play for but pride. The last time UW went on the road for a late regular season game in the Northwest they hung 69 on OSU. It won't be that bad, but it won't be close either.

Prediction: Washington 45, Washington State 17
Kim Grinolds – CEO (9-3): It's Apple Cup.......In Pullman...........with a late start. I get the feeling this won't be pretty. It's going to come down to who wants it more. And who wants it more? Big plays on defense will be the story as Luke Falk gets an up close and personal view of the Shaq Attack. Look for five or six turnovers as the defense comes up big.

Prediction: Washington 41, Washington State 10
David Samek - The Dawgman (11-1): Washington will run the ball extremely well on Saturday night. curler Miles and Dwayne Washington both will go over 100 yards. The husky defense will get three take always, two interceptions and one forced fumble on a kick aha sack. The huskies win this one and it won't be that close.

Prediction: Washington 38, Washington State 24


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