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Dawgman Predictions - Portland State

It's time for predictions! Everyone is 2-0 so far in the young season, but is the vote unanimous for another Washington win? The Portland State Vikings come to town to test UW Saturday at 5 pm.

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Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (2-0)

One more game before conference play.  I am hoping the Dawgs will look like a well-oiled machine heading into conference play.  We are averaging eight plays for every touchdown.  They are forcing the opponent to run 33 plays for a touchdown.  The team is balanced, running four plays rushing and four plays passing.  With the four passing plays working the best obviously, and close to three yards passing for every one yard rushing.  The Huskies are forcing three turnovers per game, while only giving up one.  I expect more of the same.

Prediction: Washington 47-17

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Johnb - Long time Husky fan (2-0)

Portland State is a solid FCS program, but they have little chance of hanging with the Huskies on Saturday.  The game should be over by halftime which allows the depth to continue gaining valuable experience before the Pac-12 season opens next weekend. Mighty San Jose State pounded the Vikings 66-35 last week. Look for more Myles Gaskin early in an effort to get the running game fully lubed for the Pac 12 grind. The Viking defense gave up 642 yards to SJSU…409 of that was on the ground. I expect Washington to do more of the same. 

Prediction: Washington 52-10

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Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (2-0)

Portland State's pistol offense is exciting, but it won't be a match for Washington's defense, which has limited opponents to three points in the first half of their first two games. Offensively, the Huskies shouldn't have much of a problem early. San Jose State just hung 66 on a Vikings team that's allowing over 250 yards per game on the ground. Let's see if Myles Gaskin can get the ball rolling and lead the Dawgs to similar success. 

Prediction: Washington 52-10

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Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (2-0)

The ghosts of Mouse Davis and Neil Lomax couldn’t help Portland State in this game. Vanilla offense and defense by the Dawgs with just a touch of mystery to give Arizona and Stanford to think about in the weeks to come. Only thing that keeps the Dawgs out of triple digits is Coach Pete’s conscience. 

Prediction: Washington 62-10

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Chris Fetters - Editor (2-0)

This should just be more of the same for a Washington team motivated to put the hammer down early and often. They should also be motivated to start dominating the line of scrimmage via the run as they go against a Portland State rush defense that was frankly a sieve against San Jose State. Chris Petersen has said the Vikings look similar to Rutgers defensively, so maybe some more big shots over the top? Either way, it'll be way too much for a Portland State team that will move the ball some but won't seriously sniff the end zone as long as the Huskies keep their first-teamers in. 

Prediction: Washington 49-10 

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Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (2-0)

Washington's "preseason" games come to a end this weekend. This should be another roll for the Dawgs. They have to contain Alex Kuresa when they take the field defensively and on offense, they really need to get their ground-game going. They might stay vanilla so as not to show too much to Arizona, Stanford and Oregon, but they need to dominate the line of scrimmage and get up over 200 yards. If you can't do that vs. a team that is giving up 244 yards per game on the ground, concerns should start to rise about the running game. I expect this one to be over early and for the backups to get most of the reps in the second half.

Prediction: Washington 51-13

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Kim Grinolds - CEO (2-0)

We're still in the pre-season. Sure the games count, but the first two games have been like exhibition games. But they count. Game three this week, and as in the NFL pre-season, game three is important. Expect the starters to play longer. Expect the throttle and play book to be opened up even more. It won 't be close.
Prediction: Washington 63-9

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