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Dawgman.com Predictions: Stanford Cardinal

As it has been most weeks, the Dawgman.com staff is in complete agreement when it comes to predicting the outcome of Saturday night's Washington-Stanford game in Palo Alto. But are they predicting an upset over the No. 10 Cardinal, or more business as usual for a Stanford offense averaging over 45 points a game their last five?

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (3-3):

I read somewhere that Stanford has outrushed six of seven opponents this season, while Washington has been outrushed three of the last four games. That doesn't bode well for our Dawgs. The numbers indicate we are a better defensive team, but Stanford rushes the ball 65 percent of the time for 226 yards per game. I don't like this matchup. I feel we are going to get clobbered hard by this old-school, smash-mouth football team.

Prediction: Stanford 38-20

Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (2-4):

This defense is too good to get blown out. Besides, the last three meetings between Stanford and Washington have been within a score. It will be up to the offense to make this happen. This will be a struggle, but like they've had so many times, Washington will have an opportunity to steal this one late. Whether or not Jake Browning is in, I'm not sure they have what it takes to do it.

Prediction: Stanford 24-17

Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (4-2):

To even have a remote chance of winning this game the Dawgs need everything to go their way: pick-six, fumbled punt, timely injury (non-career threatening of course), termite infestation, etc... I keep thinking about how good the Huskies could be if they could just get out of their own way on offense. So again, the defense keeps them in, but the inability of the offense to stay on the field (insert frustration over a still-novice level OC here) will eventually take its toll and the Cardinal will run away with it.

Prediction: Stanford 31-17

Chris Fetters - Editor (3-3):

This one could get ugly early if the Cardinal are able to impose themselves on offense through their size on the line and Christian McCaffrey is let loose to roam throughout the Washington secondary. Washington's slow starts just might bury them before they get a chance to once again dig themselves out. But if they can keep the Cardinal at bay for the first quarter or so while the offense finds its bearings, it could be much closer by the end of the game. I think it's going to be somewhere in-between, but UW won't get blown out. 

Prediction: Stanford 28-16

Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (3-3):

I have a feeling this could be a blowout. The Huskies are coming off an emotional loss to Oregon and Stanford just seems to get better and better each season. To top it off, the Huskies are banged up and they may be missing starting QB Jake Browning, but we won't be sure on that until game time. With Christian McCaffrey and a veteran offensive line, this one is set up as a grind-it-out affair. Defensively, the Huskies will need to keep him bottled up while getting some pressure on Hogan who doesn't do well with guys in his face. Offensively, who knows? UW seems to be finding its stride on the ground, but they haven't faced a front seven as good as Stanford's yet. 

Prediction: Stanford 35-13

Kim Grinolds - CEO (3-3):

Stanford hasn't been the same since their opening game against Northwestern. They've been on a roll.  As well as UW's defense has been playing, ranked first in the conference, Stanford is right there with them - ranked number two in the conference. Washington has struggled offensively and Stanford's defense has stepped up. I can't see UW's offense improving against a Stanford defense that's on a roll.

Prediction: Stanford 31-16

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