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Dawgman.com Predictions: Arizona State

Normally the predictions would be pretty uniform, but this week the Dawgman staff are split straight down the middle! Three have picked the Washington Huskies; three have picked the Arizona State Sun Devils. So who do you think will win in the desert, as both teams try and break losing streaks. ASU is on a current three-game skid, while the Huskies haven't beaten the Devils since 2001.

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (6-3):

ASU is better than us on offense according to the numbers.  We own all the defensive numbers except rushing.  Will we be more focused on the road like we were at USC?  I don't see us turning over the ball as much against this team.  Utah was a very physical team.  I like our chances though this Saturday

Prediction: Washington 27-23

Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (4-5):

After a frustrating loss to a top 15 team, the Huskies have bowl birth as motivation to bounce back strong this week. Even with Elijah Qualls and Budda Baker potentially unavailable I expect the Husky defense to play a solid game. The offense will have an easier time taking care of the football in better weather. The Huskies end their recent bad luck in Tempe.

Prediction: Washington 27-21

Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (6-3):

The Dawgs don't win at Arizona State. Come to think of it, the Dawgs don't win at Arizona State even when it's in Seattle, so even though I think the Dawgs are capable of winning this game, they won't. Offense stumbles again, defense holds their own again, and the Huskies lose in the desert, again. Is it 2016 yet?

Prediction: Arizona State 27-23

Chris Fetters - Editor (5-4):

This is just a bad, bad matchup for Washington's offense. Arizona State will come at Jake Browning from all angles, and they'lll keep coming. That means at least a couple forced turnovers, either picks or fumbles, and that probably means at least one short field. The fact that Elijah Qualls and Budda Baker may not play also hurts the Huskies' chances. As desperate as the Huskies will be to win this and give them some breathing room toward bowl eligibility, this game means more to Arizona State and they'll play like it - if for nothing more than to break their three-game losing streak. 

Prediction: Arizona State 31-21 

Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (5-4):

It has been 14 years since the Huskies have beaten Arizona State. In their nine losses to ASU the average score has been 33-18. I am not sure how many more points the Huskies can score this weekend, but they should be able to put up at least 24 on what has become a porous defense. The key will be protecting Jake Browning against what typically has been a good pass-rush, so a healthy Trey Adams would go a long way in getting that done. If the Husky defense does their part in containing the ASU offensive attack, lately QB Mike Bercovici has been plain bad, then they should be able to halt their longest losing streak to a Pac 12 opponent. I'm going with a Dawg win in the desert.

Prediction: Washington 28-23

Kim Grinolds - CEO (5-4):

Funny things happen in the desert. I don't expect that to change as you'll see turnovers, a kick off returned, fumbles returned, and the usual strange calls. The offense will come up bigger than they have, but it won't be enough. 

Prediction: Arizona State 38-31

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