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Dawgman Predictions: Boise State

Well, the 2015 season is finally upon us! And with Friday night's opener at Boise State roughly 18 hours away, it's time to post the World Famous Dawgman.com staff predictions. With it being Chris Petersen's return to Boise, this game is arguably the most anticipated matchup of college football's first full weekend of action. So on to the predictions!

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru:

Could the DAWGs pull off a stunner on the road? Of course anything is possible. The Huskies will be sporting a lot of new faces on both sides. From everything I have read. Our defense may actually be decent. Despite losing most of the front 7. On the offense there are a lot of question marks. New offense line. New QB. Boise is kind of in the same boat. Most of their defense is back, but they lost a lot of offense from last year. I think it will be a somewhat low scoring game. In the twenties. I just hope we look competitive and keep it close.

Prediction: Boise State 28-20



Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire:

With both teams starting inexperienced quarterbacks, I doubt this will turn into a shootout between Ryan Finley and your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine. Both teams will look to run the ball early and often. Boise State has the luxury of an experienced offensive line that will square off against a relatively inexperienced, but talented, Husky defensive line. Dwayne Washington, who is listed as co-starter at running back with Lavon Coleman, garnered 425 yards over the last four games of 2014. His four carries of 50-yards or more during that span helped out a lot. Boise has a daunting defense, and their defensive line might be the most intimidating part. The Huskies inexperienced offensive line will have a tough first test Friday night. It won’t be easy, but easy isn’t fun. Looking over everything that factors into this matchup, my head is telling my Boise State is the safer pick, but I’m going to take a chance and go with my heart. A big Dwayne Washington touchdown scamper late in the contest will decide a defensive battle.

Prediction: Washington 20-16



Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com:

Obvious questions abound in 2015. Will the offense be better with "system" guys but no game breakers? Will the defense be able to fill the giant holes left by the NFL exodus? Will one more crushing defeat in those Junior High-esque all-white uniforms officially end the national nightmare known as "players get to choose the uniform combinations?" If the Dawgs keep it close I will be encouraged.

Prediction: Boise State 32-24



Chris Fetters - Editor:

After attending a number of fall practices, I can come up with one certainty about 2015; I have no idea which team is going to show up Friday night in Boise. This Washington team is fully capable of pulling off an upset, they are certainly talented enough. But has it all come together in time? Has the youth been able to gel with the veterans scattered throughout the group? And does anyone think Jake Browning can pull off a win in his first expected start on the road in an environment where the home team has only lost one non-conference home game in their last 30? Too many things are just stacked against Washington's favor on this trip.

Prediction: Boise State 24-13



Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor:

While I truly believe UW has enough talent to win this game, the circumstances -- one of the biggest home games ever for Boise State, the return of Chris Petersen to the place he put on the national map, Friday night, nationally televised -- I just think it will be too much for the Huskies to overcome. Throw in the fact that both of their lines, especially the Broncos' defensive line, are a big matchup mismatch and you could be looking at a runaway win for the home team. I think the Huskies keep things close, but eventually, they succumb to the environment and circumstances.

Prediction: Boise State 31-17



Kim Grinolds - CEO:

With Jake Browning expected to be the starting quarterback, I expect the same short leash that was given to Jeff Lindquist last year at a Hawaii. I think the defense will be better than expected especially with Boise State starting a new QB. The offense will struggle but special-teams will be the on the offense they'll able to muster.

Prediction: Boise State 24-10 


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