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Dawgman Predictions - Oregon

The Dawgman prognosticators have been perfect so far this season, following Washington's lead. But this is a trap game! There's a dozen years' worth of losses working against the Huskies this weekend at Oregon. But is that going to change anyone's mind? Are we still all-in with the Dawgs?

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (5-0)

Last week was a nice addition to the season resume.  I'd say we Weyerhaeuser'd the Tree.  Now the Ducks are up. Twelve long years. Will the DAWGs go on the road and take care of business?  I feel pretty good that they will, but...  Like a beat writer from Eugene said on Softy's show the other day - we are like Cubs fans.  We believe our team is good, but we are still nervous. Twelve straight losses will do that to fans.  Nevertheless I am going to say it will be a beat down.  The two wins before the streak were both 42-unanswered points for wins.  I see a big win for the Huskies this week and another good addition to the season resume.

Prediction: Washington 50-23

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Johnb - Long time Husky fan (5-0)

A friend of mine sent me this quote yesterday regarding the fame on Saturday. “Oh make no mistake, it’s not revenge he’s after. It’s a reckoning.” That is a pretty accurate way to describe the way most of us feel going into this game. I have an October 8th, 1977 feeling going on right now. On that day the Huskies led by Don James violently thumped the Ducks 54-0 and Washington became a relevant force in college football going forward for more than twenty years. Fast forward to 2016 and I am feeling the same about tomorrow in Eugene. Don’t expect the Ducks to lay down. They can reclaim the season by winning on Saturday, however it isn’t going to happen. Washington is simply a lot better than these guys and another 20 plus years of dominance is about to begin.

Prediction: Washington 54-17

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Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (5-0)

It feels like a perfect storm. The Ducks have allowed 16 rushing touchdowns and are giving up 210 yards per game on the ground, while the Huskies have picked up an average of 283 yards and three touchdowns running the ball in the last two games. Oregon is on a three-game losing skid, while the Huskies are undefeated and coming off their biggest win in what feels like forever. There could be a quarterback controversy in Eugene, with reports emerging that true-frosh Justin Herbert could get the start over grad-transfer Dakota Prukop. Meanwhile, Jake Browning has the second-highest passer efficiency rating in the country. Oregon’s high powered rushing attack will meet a Washington wall that allows a suffocating 3.0 yards per carry. It seems, at least on paper, like the Huskies have all the tools to end the streak at 12. But any PAC-12 road game is tough, especially one at Autzen Stadium. I know there’s nothing that would please Duck fans and players alike than knocking off the fifth-ranked Dawgs; you can expect Oregon to bring their ‘A-game.’ But for the first time in a long time, the Dawgs’ ‘A-game’ is better.

Prediction: Washington 38-20

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Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (5-0)

My hate for the Ducks is bigger than yours. I grew up as a Husky fan in Portland and endured disproportionate spite from Duck fans since as long as I can remember. For years the Ducks have talked loudly about how this ISN’T A RIVALRY and it’s just the next game up. Well now that they see the purple tide flooding the Pac-12 we finally hear from their OL coach going off-script to talk about how big this rivalry is and that it won’t end. THAT IS THE TELL...the Ducks are nervous and now must rely on artificial motivation to compensate for their lack of talent on the field. Quick fact, since the start of last season the Ducks are 1-4 in PAC-12 games without rent-a-stud QB Vernon Adams taking a majority of their snaps. Without a Mariota or Adams to save them, the Ducks are going to have a looooonnnggg day. Welcome to the new world Ducko’s!!!!!!!!!

Prediction: Washington 51-23

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Chris Fetters - Editor (5-0)

I was way off on last week's prediction in terms of the scoreline, so I hope I'm way off once again. While my cohorts (and Vegas) are predicting a win by double-digits - I'm not seeing it. Oregon's program has been too good for too long now to just roll over and die. I expect to see a raucous Autzen Stadium pushing the home team forward, and I definitely expect a response from the Ducks. But for the first time in 15 years Washington actually has the better team and should, all things being equal, win this game. Defense wins championships, and the Huskies have a defense built for exactly that. And Oregon's team is built exactly the opposite: incredible offense but a stinker of a defense. Ultimately it'll be up to Jake Browning to lead UW to a grind-it-out win. It won't be pretty, but it'll be another W. 

Prediction: Washington 28-24 

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Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (5-0)

Here we go. Washington is finally in the national CFB spotlight and almost everyone is talking about them. The Huskies MUST win this game against Oregon. Sure, the Ducks have had their number over the past 12 years, but this year's version is a shell of it's former self. Their offense is just okay and their defense is still pretty awful. To me, this game is all about the Huskies. If they come out focused and play with intensity, purpose and discipline, they should blow out their arch-rivals to the south, but I have a feeling they will come out a bit flat after last week's hugely emotional win over Stanford. I see the Dawgs winning this one, but it will be closer than many think it will be. 

Prediction: Washington 36-24

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Kim Grinolds - CEO (5-0)

Which QB will Oregon start? I don't think it matters. I don't expect them to throw the ball much. Look for them to try and pound the rock. If they get behind early, it could be bad. As long as UW plays sound assignment defense as they did against Stanford, they should be able to contain Oregon for the most part. With that being said, they're still explosive and big plays could be an issue. The streak ends. 
Prediction: Washington 38-17

 


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