Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (3-1):
Looking at the numbers this looks like an interesting matchup. They are ranked, lead in turnover margin, and own all the offensive statistics. The Huskies on the other hand own all the defensive statistics. The level of opponents between the 2 teams doesn't seem that different. Still this is going to be a difficult game to play. Especially since it is on the road. I think we could go there and win, but... We have to play error free. We have to tackle better. We have to be able to run the ball. That is a lot of have tos. I don't see that happening. Although I believe the game will be close. I feel we will have a chance in the 4th quarter. We just fall short.
Prediction: USC 30-23
Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (2-2):
In their two losses this season, the Huskies had possession down a score late in the fourth quarter. In spite of struggles to move the ball and find any rhythm, Washington found a way to stick around, largely due to strong efforts by the defense. But will a strong defensive effort be enough to keep the Huskies within striking distance against the 17th ranked Trojans? Defensive play makers like Adoree Jackson and Su'a Cravens will make it hard for Jake Browning and the Husky offense to gather any sort of momentum. Cody Kessler is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the nation and he has plenty of playmakers, like Juju Smith-Schuster, to share the ball with. Washington’s defense should be solid enough to keep the Huskies around for a while, but when push comes to shove the Trojans will win comfortably.
Prediction: USC 38-24
Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (4-0):
The Dawgs have lost two games where afterwards I've said "that's a game we win next year." Unfortunately I might be saying that a lot since the Huskies may only be favored to win one game (Apple Cup) for the rest of the season and sadly I fear that someone is going to say that the Huskies are the best 3-9 team in the country because they're still too green to win the close ones. I think the Huskies pull off two upsets (Cougs not an upset) to win 3 more games but I don't know when and definitely not on Thursday. It's becoming a common theme, Husky D keeps them close but the game eventually gets away from them late. Already looking forward to next year.
Prediction: USC 35-20
Chris Fetters - Editor (3-1):
Have a feeling this is going to be a game where the Huskies weather an initial blast by the Trojans, get it back to a touchdown after halftime but then USC pulls away with a couple late scores when the Washington defense finally bursts after holding the dam for as long as they could. USC will take advantage of winning the turnover battle and possession by doing the same thing California was able to do - strangle UW's chances at creating an offensive rhythm by keeping the Dawgs off the field. It'll be another scrappy effort for the UW defense, giving up a bunch of yards between the 20's but holding fairly stout in the red zone. It won't be a blowout per se, but it won't be pretty either.
Prediction: USC 35-14
Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (3-1):
Wow a lot of people are down after Washington's loss to Cal, I am NOT one of those people. I don't think Washington wins this game because I think that USC has just too much talent for the Huskies to come out on top. However, I think that the Huskies will make this much closer than most people think. I think Jake browning will have a solid game against the Trojans and I think the Husky defense will be able to keep things close for at least a half. The final score probably won't reflect how close the game actually was.
Prediction: USC 35-21
Kim Grinolds - CEO (3-1):
With the youth movement at Washington, they won't out-talent many teams on the schedule. USC will be the most talented team they've played so far this year. If they're going to beat a team with as much talent as USC they will need to out-scheme and out-coach. Unfortunately that talent will be too much on the road for Washington.