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Dawgman Predictions: Arizona

The non-conference schedule is done, time for league play to roll on! The No. 9 Washington Huskies travel south Saturday night to face off with the Arizona Wildcats to start out their Pac-12 schedule. The Dawgman predictors are undefeated so far, as you would expect - but what do they think about this particular matchup?

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Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (3-0)

I not sure this is going to be a blow out like our last three.  I do think we will prevail, though.  I also don’t believe it will be any nail biter either. This is when we see if “Prove it” has some teeth. Our Huskies are almost twice as efficient as Arizona has been. It takes the Dawgs 8+ plays per 7 points, while it takes the Wildcats 15+ plays to do the same.

Prediction: Washington 35-23

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Johnb - Long time Husky fan (3-0)

Washington is on a six-game winning streak, dating back to last season, having scored more than 40 points in each game. One of those six wins was a 49-3 Halloween clown stomping of Arizona in Husky Stadium. I expect more of the same on Saturday even though this game is on the road in a state where the Huskies haven’t had a lot of success as of late. If Washington is going to move from pretender to contender status they need to show that they can dominate a team like this on the road. Arizona will put up a better fight then the previous three opponents but I expect Washington to put it away early and play everyone on the bench.

Prediction: Washington 42-17

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Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (3-0)

The first big test of the year is upon us, but I believe this Husky team has done their homework and studied hard. The Wildcats are a team that has run the ball about 60 percent of their snaps this year. Even with a big offensive line, I don't see them having a great day against Vea, Gaines and Qualls. Assuming Brandon Dawkins is under center, the challenge will be containing him. If Washington can, we'll see how he throws against the talented Husky secondary. The Dawgs go on the road and take care of business. 

Prediction: Washington 38-17

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Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (3-0)

The pass sets up the run, an unleashed Browning throws wild, Gaskin has a huge second half, the defense almost outscores Arizona’s offense and John Ross goes all John Ross in the return game. Huskies pull away in a game no one will notice because it starts at 10:30pm EST, but hopefully sets up a national spotlight game against the Stanford McCaffreys.

Prediction: Washington 42-17

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Chris Fetters - Editor (3-0)

Washington's first Pac-12 road game last year was the 17-12 win at USC, so I think there's something about heading away from Husky Stadium that doesn't faze these guys that much. The players have been talking this week about the Arizona game being a business trip, saying all the right things about staying focused and concentrating on making sure they are prepared for whichever quarterback the 'Cats put out there. I think that preparation pays off, and coupled with the fact that UA just isn't as good as they have been in years past, means the Road Dawgs get a win in Tucson for the first time since 2006. And if a Tyrone Willingham team can roll, a Chris Petersen team should run riot. And last year's game just might still be on UA's mind too. That negative image can't help when their fortunes start to head south. 

Prediction: Washington 31-7 

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Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (3-0)

The "preseason" is over. The games get real now. Washington hasn't won in Arizona since 2006 and the last two times they ventured down things went haywire quickly. On paper, the Huskies are the better team. Their defense is stout and playing very well and their offense, while appearing somewhat one-dimensional right now, is much more settled than Arizona's. All that being said, Washington still needs to get the Arizona monkey off it's back. They need to harass whoever lines up at quarterback, they need to hold the Wildcat ground-game in check and they need to score at least 28 points against what is a very porous defense. I'm going with the Dawgs in this one and it shouldn't be that close honestly.

Prediction: Washington 33-20

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Kim Grinolds - CEO (3-0)

This is the worst team Rich Rod has had at Arizona. They just aren't that good. JJ Taylor? He's 5-6 170 dripping wet. Sure he's fast. But he's no Chico Mclatcher. Quarterback Brandon Dawkins may be able to make a few plays when the pocket breaks down but the mistakes he'll also make will kill them. On defense? It's worse than the offense. That small three-man front will get gashed. Put more in the box and John Ross will be Pac-12 Player of the Week.
Prediction: Washington 51-10

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