Dawgman Predictions: Heart of Dallas Bowl

The Washington Huskies (6-6) and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (9-4) square off Saturday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at the legendary Cotton Bowl. The guys from Dawgman.com have had mixed results so far this year in their predictions, but have generally been accurate. What do they have to say about this bowl game? The answers are unanimous.

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (8-4):

I believe this will be a little closer than we want, but in the end the DAWGs are victorious.  They own all the main offensive stats.  We own all the main defensive stats.  They are a very balanced team offensively.  We tend to run a little more then we pass.  My instincts tell me our defense will force them into punting more than they have this year.  I know given enough chances our offense will score.

Prediction: Washington 33-24

Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (6-6):

Keeping Jalen Richard and Ito Smith in check is the key to this game for the Huskies. I think the defense that's carried the Huskies all season long has one more good performance left in them. Also, the Husky offense will continue its upward trend and show up to play on Saturday. Unlike last year's bowl game, I think Washington will start off sharp and keep their foot on the gas all game. A big game from Myles Gaskin will keep pressure off Jake Browning. Southern Mississippi is a good team, but I think Washington has the talent to leave Dallas with a comfortable win. 

Prediction: Washington 34-17

Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (9-3):

Huskies end the year by easily dispatching a Southern Miss team that put up big numbers against one of the easiest schedules in the nation but lost to every team that had a pulse. Expect big days from Browning, Gaskin and the Defense. Dawgs roll 47-17. Happy Holidays!

Prediction: Washington 47-17

Chris Fetters - Editor (8-4):

Give credit for Southern Mississippi and their statistical prowess, but Saturday is where you can throw the stats out the window. Their record is a bit deceiving in the sense that they didn't really pull off any big wins. They beat all the teams below them and lost to all the teams above them. In Conference USA, that gets you to 9-4 with a loss in the league championship game; in the Pac-12, that gets you to 6-6. Playing against much tougher competition week-in and week-out will pay dividends for the Huskies Saturday, as well as the bitter taste still left in their mouth's from last year's bowl game. 

Prediction: Washington 45-13 

Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (7-5):

This game is all about Washington. If they come out focused and ready to play, this game should be a blowout, but if they come out flat like they did in last year's bowl game vs. Oklahoma State, they could find themselves in a battle. The Huskies have more speed and more talent and their defense should be able to shut down the Southern Miss offense which does features a 4,000 yard passer and a 1,000 yard rusher. Early pressure and physical play should be the order of the day on defense while, offensively, freshman RB Myles Gaskin should have a big day running the ball against an very average Southern Miss defense. 

Prediction: Washington 38-17

Kim Grinolds - CEO (8-4):

After last year's bowl performance, expect Petersen and staff to not only be ready, but to come out of the gate fast. The weather could be a factor, but Myles Gaskin will still have a big day. Washington's speed on defense will just be too much. Washington rolls in the Heart of Dallas.

Prediction: Washington 31-10


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