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Dawgman.com Predictions: Utah Utes

The Dawgman guys are back with their predictions for the Utah game, and after predicting a clean sweep for the Arizona win, are they in complete agreement now that the 7-1 Utes invade Husky Stadium Saturday afternoon? Read our thoughts below.

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (5-3):

For me this is shaping up to be a real defensive battle.  They have probably the best defensive line in the Pac-12.  The Huskies are sporting one of the better defenses in the league too.  I am envisioning a low scoring game.  I believe they will try to make Jake Browning throw the ball by stopping our running game, plus put some hits on him by sending different players.  If our offensive line can give Jake some time, I think he could do some damage - provided our wide receivers hang onto the ball.  We can't turn over the ball either.  They have forced lots of turnovers this year.  They are a more experienced team.  Devontae Booker is definitely a good running back.  This certainly won't be an easy game like Arizona was.  Unfortunately I think we fall short.  Hoping I eat my words though.

Prediction: Utah 23-17

Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (4-4):

After playing their most complete game of the season, the Huskies have a chance to make a statement this weekend against the Utes; they have an opportunity to prove they’re developing consistency. It won’t be easy though. Utah has the best run defense in the Pac-12, coupled with a secondary that has forced more interceptions than any team in the country. Devontae Booker is a nightmare for opposing defenses. With Elijah Qualls' status in question, slowing him down is a tall order. However, I’m a believer in momentum. The Washington defense will be tough as ever. While the Husky offense likely won’t rack up 49 points, it will score just enough to edge this one out.

Prediction: Washington 20-16

Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (6-2):

I think the crowd is going to be loud, loose and energized due to the fact that anyone with a child between the ages of 0-13 didn't go to the game last week. Husky fans will be packing in twice the tailgate, double-booking babysitters and yelling twice as loud to compensate for the guilt of missing the Huskies' best performance of the year versus 'Zona. Ultimately, because of the strength of each team's defenses, I think it's going to come down to which team can turn possessions into touchdowns instead of field goals. Husky defense stays hot, offense does enough and the crowd does the rest.

Prediction: Washington 20-16

Chris Fetters - Editor (5-3):

I've had plenty of time to think about this one; was the Arizona game an outlier? Obviously the Huskies have played very well on defense this year, but the game versus the Wildcats was comprehensive. And offensively, was that the game where the light turned on for the offense? I predicted a really tight game and it ended up a blowout. This week everyone is going close, but I'm not. I do think turnovers and field position will be key, but both Washington and Utah have shown themselves to be solid game managers, so I'm expecting them to cancel each other out in that aspect of the game. But the UW offensive line is developing before our eyes, and I think this will be the game where they show the Pac-12 they are ready to push forward. And defensively, I see the Huskies making life very tough for Travis Wilson, particularly through the work of another Travis, Travis Feeney. Devontae Booker won't be able to win it on his own. 

Prediction: Washington 28-13 

Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (5-3):

I've gone back and forth on this one. I think the Huskies have the defense to shut down Utah, so it really comes down to how much their offense can muster against a very good Utah defense. The key will be no turnovers. If they can keep from giving the Utes a short field, they have a very good shot at winning this one. I don't feel strongly about a Washington win, but I'm going to predict one because of the home crowd and their defense.

Prediction: Washington 20-17

Kim Grinolds - CEO (5-3):

Well not exactly a night game, as it will start off with daylight and end in the dark...the key matchup will be Utah's front four, which is arguably the best in the conference, against Washington's inexperienced offensive line. Jake Browning will need to show up, and in order to do so he'll need the protection. Either Myles Gaskin or Dwayne Washington will need to step up as well. 

Prediction: Washington 20-16

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