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Dawgman Predictions - Apple Cup

The Dawgman prognosticators got back on track last week with Washington's 44-18 win over Arizona State, but now the No. 5 Huskies travel east for their biggest game of the season - the Apple Cup. Is this the week where the pickers aren't unanimous in their feelings toward the Dawgs?

Patrick Thrapp - Numbers Guru (10-1)

Rivalry week. They say we can throw out the wins and losses, and the stats.  This is all about street cred.  This year is probably one of the biggest games in the series in a long long time, two really good teams with a lot on the line for both.  The DAWG's D needs to disrupt the rhythm of Luke Falk.  Jake Browning and company need to move the chains with some regularity.  We're on the road against a good WSU offense with a really good Husky D.  I think the last possession will probably win the game.

Prediction: Washington 31-30

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Johnb - Long Time Husky Fan (10-1)

Petersen vs Leach with all the Apples on the table…as AAndy says…it should be a classic. The winner goes to Santa Clara to face either Colorado or USC to fight for the Pac 12 Championship. Weather shouldn’t be much of a factor. It’s going to be around 40 degrees and a little misty at game time. Jake Browning vs Luke Falk is a big time matchup. Falk has been a bit hotter than Browning as of late. I’m not sure if Browning is out of sync or just a little beat up. It doesn’t matter…Washington’s defense will be the deciding factor in this one. The Huskies just seem to have a little more on both sides of the ball than the Cougs. Those advantages can be quickly negated if Washington doesn’t get off to a quick start or begins turning the ball over. Anything can happen and does during these games. The Huskies owned the Cougars 45-10 last year in Seattle with Falk on the sidelines…this year it will be closer but the Huskies will prevail.

Prediction: Washington 45-31

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Luke Mounger - Intern Extraordinaire (10-1)

Last year's Apple Cup saw the Huskies shellac a Luke Falk-less Washington State team 45-10. This year Falk is healthy and it's over on the Cougars' side of the state. No excuses this time around; we'll really get to see who the better team is. I think this will be a slugfest that's within one score for the majority of the game. However, I see the Huskies forcing a turnover in the beginning of the fourth quarter. That will allow the Huskies to pull ahead and ultimately be the difference maker.

Prediction: Washington 38-27

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Jay Torrell - Sports Washington/Scout.com (10-1)

Who is a bigger loss - Joe Mathis, Azeem Victor or Jeff Tedford? I say Tedford. From the moment he got the Fresno State job the offense has looked sputtery at best. The flow is gone. The confidence is gone. For us to win the Apple Cup it’s going to need the offense, not the defense to create the distance needed to get to the Pac-12 Championship game and that’s going to require Jonathan Smith to shake off the last two weeks and dial up an offense that can do some damage. Get Ross the ball, stick with the run game (preferably Coleman) and make the plays we didn’t against USC. As for the defense, aren’t we due for a PICK SIX?!?! Dawgs head to Santa Clara.

Prediction: Washington 42-34

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Chris Fetters - Editor (10-1)

This one will be a doozy. I expect slowish starts for both teams, as the defenses will come ready to play. It's going to be a November classic, with field position, turnovers, special teams and red zone defense playing big roles. In the end I think Washington's offensive balance will keep the Cougars off kilter just enough to score more than WSU. But the Cougars will certainly get their yards between the 20s. I also think either John Ross or Dante Pettis will have a big return that will be pivotal as the Huskies punch their ticket to Santa Clara. 

Prediction: Washington 34-28 

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Scott Eklund - Recruiting Editor (10-1)

On paper, this should be a relatively easy win for the Huskies. They have the more diverse offense, they have a better defense and their special teams are also much better. The Huskies also have more speed and size. However, all that being said, it's the Apple Cup where things never seem to stick to the script. If Washington can't get pressure on Luke Falk, it could be a long day for their secondary. The loss of River Cracraft will definitely have an impact on what the Cougars want to do, but they have about 40 wideouts to plug into their system. I see this one coming down to the end with Washington State getting the win, but I fully admit this could be the emotional Scott talking instead of the logical one.

Prediction: Washington State 31-28

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Kim Grinolds - CEO (10-1)

Offense: UW
Defense: UW
Special Teams: UW
Coaching: UW
Motivation: UW
Booze: WSU

Prediction: Washington 51-21

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