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Dawgman Predictions - California

It's that time again - time for the Dawgman prognosticators to put their perfect records on the line. The No. 5 Washington Huskies hit the road for the second-straight week to face the California Golden Bears Saturday in Berkeley. What does the Dawgman gang think about this game? Are they in sync one more time, or is someone going to eventually pick against the Dawgs?

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (8-0)

This ride keeps on keeping on, and I believe it will continue to nine wins with no losses.  California's offense is certainly potent, but not so much against the better defenses this year.  I think our running game will click, which will see maybe some big strikes through the air.  Then throw in some California turnovers.  I am fairly sure I will be able to breathe some during this game.

Prediction: Washington 47-27


Johnb - Long time Husky fan (8-0)

A 4-4 Cal team can put some points on the board. They average 41.2 per game. The problem is that they give up an average of 41.8 points. Cal can score on anyone but Washington isn’t or certainly shouldn’t be anyone. The 4th ranked Huskies should be able to keep the Bears in check most of the game. Cal’s defense is terrible and it will surprise me if Washington puts less than 50 points on the board this Saturday. Browning, Gaskin and Company should have a field day against this defense. The only way the Bears keep this close is by winning the turnover battle by a decisive margin. I don’t see that happening. I see Washington getting better this week.

Prediction: Washington 56-24


Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (8-0)

Cal is a different team at home; they're undefeated in Berkeley. Davis Webb is a different quarterback at home; he has only thrown one interception at Memorial Stadium. But Cal's defense isn't much different regardless. They're still allowing 38 points per game in the comfort of their own home. As much as I want to convince myself this game could be uglier than most people think, I just have a hard time seeing this defense slowing down the Washington offense. Cal is worst in the conference in run defense. I think the Dawgs have a big day on the ground, moving the chains with ease and keeping Cal's fast paced offense on the sidelines and out of rhythm. It's sad that the Golden Bears have to suffer the consequences of making a playoff-worthy team angry by the playoff committee ranking them fifth.

Prediction: Washington 45-20


Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (8-0)

The only team that should be upset by the Dawgs being No. 5 is Cal, because now they inherit a Husky team that’s playing with a giant chip on their shoulder and wants to show the world how dominant they can be. I’m imagining the Gladiator Jake “Maximus” Browning coming into the arena, mercilessly cutting down the entire Cal Bear team, throwing the sword into the Championship Playoff Committee's meeting room and yelling “Are you not entertained! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!!”

Prediction: Washington 62-31



Chris Fetters - Editor (8-0)

Cal will move the ball. It's clear with their tempo, combined with Pete Kwiatkowski's decision to rely on UW's base defense, that the Golden Bears will rack up some yards. But can they turn those yards into points? Some, but not nearly enough, because Cal's defense couldn't stop a rock rolling down Bancroft Way. And Washington's offense should rock and roll. I think they'll deliberately keep their own tempo at a reasonable rate simply to keep Davis Webb and co. on the sidelines, as well as keep their defensive starters as fresh as reasonably possible. It's #Pac12AfterDark, so anything is possible, but I doubt the Golden Bears are going to challenge Washington late like Utah was able to do. I expect UW to do what they've done all year: get up early, and then manage the game to their benefit. 

Prediction: Washington 45-24 


Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (8-0)

I think it's a mistake to think the Huskies will just breeze to victory in this matchup with Cal. Davis Webb is putting up some big numbers and they have a decent running game, so you can't just tee off on rushing the quarterback. Speaking of that, Washington has struggled to get pressure on the QB of late and a lot of that has to do with the loss of Joe Mathis who is still week-to-week on whether he will play or not.  Offensively, the Huskies should be able to name their score, but I think they'll need to put up at least 35 in order to get out of Berkeley with a win. 

Prediction: Washington 41-28


Kim Grinolds - CEO (8-0)

Cal has a defense? Who knew? Gaskin and Coleman will both put up triple digits on the ground and Jake will be efficient. Cal will get their yards. UW's defense will have their moments but so will Cal's offense. But Cal's offense won't be enough.

Prediction: Washington 48-24

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