Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 1-1. Well, if I picked the Dawgs to beat Ohio State, why would I pick against them now? It's time for this team to blow someone out, and I think they will do that to the outmanned Vandals. Washington is making steady improvement, now it's time to translate what they've been doing in practice to Husky Stadium on a Saturday. Woof!
Prediction: Washington 54, Idaho 10
Joe Kaiser, Columnist. Record: 2-0. The Dawgs are beat up, but it won't matter against the Vandals, who (yawn) come to Husky Stadium for what seems like the 10th year in a row. Look for Washington to do exactly what they did against Indiana, emphasizing the running game, and rolling similarly to victory. Isaiah Stanback will score his first touchdown as a Husky, mark my words.
Prediction: Washington 40, Idaho 7
Dawn Van Diest, Sports Washington. Record: 2-0. After a much needed bye week in a season that feels like it's barely started, I'm sure the Huskies are all revved up for this big game. Here's to hoping the offense rushes for over 200 yards, the defense harasses the quarterback into throwing five interceptions and doesn't allow a single foot of positive yardage without inflicting some pain on the running back, making him think twice about going through that hole again, and the special teams makes a big play that gets the fans fired up, which feeds the kids to play even harder. We could all use a little dose of that….
Dawgs 44, Vandals 24
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 1-1. Washington will continue its efforts to establish the run, and against Idaho will rush for 150-175 yards in the process. Cody will throw for two TDs, one to Reggie and another to ET. He will sit for most of the 4th quarter. Mr. Stanback will do something that will have the fans talking afterward. The Husky defense will play sound but not spectacular. Overall, a ho-hum game where we won't learn much more about the Dawgs, unless they play all-out for 60 minutes, which would be a pleasant surprise.
Prediction: Washington 38, Idaho 17
Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 2-0. Viele werden, wenige werden gezählt angepackt. So sind die Idaho Vermögen. Washington besitzt alle Vorteile in den Fähigkeit Positionen, aber ich bin nicht überzeugt, daß diese Mannschaft, mindestens nicht schon sehr gut ist. Es gibt keinen Rhythmus oder Identität, und die Extrawoche war aus so nützlich wie ein hemorrhoid. Sie beginnen langsames, erhalten sie bequemes spätes, erhält niemand aufgeregt und jeder wächst für eine andere Woche vor dem Konferenzöffner ungeduldig. Dann können wir beginnen, etwas Spaß zu haben.
Prediction: Washington 27, Idaho 13
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 1-1. There just isn't a lot of suspense in picking a game involving Idaho unless they are playing their roommates at Martin Vandal Stadium. Did you know that Idaho has never won at Husky Stadium? The Vandals last beat the hometown 11 in 1905, around the time of the last Rose Bowl win for a northwest team not named Washington or Oregon State. I think that it is safe to say the streak will continue.
Prediction: UW 43, UI 13
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 2-0. I would like to see the DAWGs come out and march down the field on its initial drive and score. I would like to see us shutout the Vandals for obvious reasons – to keep the cross-state yahoos quiet. I would like to see the Huskies score often. I would like to see a lot of the backups playing in the 4th quarter. Will this happen? Probably not entirely, but I think we may be pleasantly surprised.
Prediction: Washington 44, Idaho 13
Henry Han, Intern. Record: 2-0. History Lesson: Idaho hasn't defeated Washington since Theodore Roosevelt was president (1905). That's nearly a century of waiting for Vandal fans. Well, they're going to have to keep on waiting because the Huskies are going to put this game away pretty quickly. Big numbers and big days for both the offense and defense is on the menu and there isn't much Idaho can do. But I have to feel sorry for Idaho. They have an insane schedule and things aren't any easier with Keith Greer's situation. Here's hoping that he recovers very soon.
Prediction: Washington 48, Idaho 10
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 2-0. Idaho will come in fired up, and they may even hang for a few series. But, as was the case against Indiana, the big diesel engine known as the University of Washington will grind into action and get the points they need to make this game look more than respectable from their standpoint. But they will be plagued by another slow start, something the Dawgs will need to correct if they plan on putting up more W's in the Pac-10 ledger than L's.
Prediction: Washington 45, Idaho 10
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 2-0. Don't leave the game early. Remember staying because of the chance to see Nip carry the ball as a freshman? Well, Isaiah Stanback brings that excitement when he's in the game as well. You'll see a lot of the young guys in the second half playing some meaningful minutes.
Dawgs 49, Mashed Potatoes 14
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 1-1. This is one of those games that would've been a blowout for the Huskies back in the mid-90s. Now there is no such game. When was the last time a Washington team didn't let another team hang around for at least one half? Gilbertson is working on that, and this game will show us how far he's gotten in the "killer instinct" category. I think he'll have success keeping his guys focused on improving for the Pac-10 season, and taking care of business against the Vandals. Stanback will continue to just get better and make this team faster, more dangerous, and more fun from his slotback position and at QB where he'll take more snaps this week.
Prediction: Washington 38, Idaho 14
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