Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 2-1. Look Husky fans, make some noise! Those are kids down there playing the game, and kids respond well to emotion. They play well with emotion. I think Husky Stadium will begin to rock once again, starting Saturday. Look for the improved Husky running game to make a difference and the young Cardinal QB will struggle if the crowd and defense bring the heat. I like the Dawgs in this one.
Prediction: Washington 28, Stanford 17
Joe Kaiser, Columnist. Record: 3-0. Stanford begins an absolutely brutal conference schedule this week at Washington before heading to USC next week. Look for the Cardinal to hang close with the Huskies for three quarters before Cody Pickett and Reggie Williams hook up in the fourth quarter and put the game away. This one scares me…
Prediction: Washington 31, Stanford 20
Dawn Van Diest, Sports Washington. Record: 3-0. Buddy makes his first trip into Husky Stadium, but let's not roll out the red carpet. Stanford has quite the losing streak in the Dawg House, and it will stay that way. Obviously, the Huskies will have to run for more than four yards and find a way to shut down WR Luke Powell in order to win. But this is the "real" season now – time for everybody to unveil all that pent-up emotion…
Dawgs 24, Cardinal 21
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 2-1. If ever there was a game destined for overtime, this is it. But if the Cardinal attempt to blitz a lot, you've got to think that Reggie and ET will be destined for big, individual performances. If this game was in Palo Alto I would take Stanford, but as it is, I gotta believe that the Dawgs will eke this one out.
Prediction: Washington 20, Stanford 17
Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 3-0. Considering that blah blah blah blah, Stanford surprisingly blah blah blah blah blah – not to mention, blah blah blah. Blah points. Washington will try and counter with blah blah blah blah blah – however it's apparent that they blah blah blah, they blah blah blah, and they blah blah blah - and it doesn't ever seem to blah blah blah. Blah points. Added up, it's blah blah blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah blah blah - priceless.
Prediction: Stanford 30, Washington 27
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 2-1. The Stanford Cardinal come to Husky Stadium dragging along a winless streak in Seattle that dates back to 1975. In that time the Card have only won two games at all in the series, the 1982 Elway-led stunner and the 1994 mudfest where Scott Frost optioned the Purple Gang on his way to Nebraska. A record of futility that was only surpassed by their Bay Area brothers at Cal. Until last year. We face the same situation, coming off a bye and a trip to the bakery and your humble correspondent has the same feeling of doom. Picking against the Dawgs feels oh so wrong, but what can I do?
Prediction: Trees 19, Dawgs 17
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 3-0. This game has me just a tad worried. Stanford has demonstrated a good defense – albeit against suspect teams. Still they have done it on the field so far. Last year they led in 5 or 6 games at half. I believe Gilby will pound the ball a lot early on, unless Stanford wants to pack 7 or 8 in the box. Then I hope Cody can hit the guys that will be open on the perimeter. I know they will be open if this is the case.
Prediction: Washington 27, Stanford 17
Henry Han, Intern. Record: 3-0. As soon as conference play opened up last year, the Huskies crumbled. Will the same happen this season? At this point, it doesn't look like it. Washington has been playing solid football. All they need to do is kick that nasty habit of not being ready to play until the third quarter. I don't know about another 200-yard day from the running game, but sooner or later, Pickett is gonna explode for big, big numbers. Cardinal beware....
Prediction: Washington 35, Stanford 21
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 3-0. Doomsayers be damned! Washington is showing signs of improvement from week to week and the injury situation seems to have quelled itself for the time being. The first Pac-10 game of the year will bring out the purple people eaters, as well as the fans. Trent Edwards will be facing a little different test than he did in Provo last week. As it seems to be in every game, this one will be won in the trenches. If UW can put a few dents in Stanford's stingy rush defense, that should open up things for Pickett and company. Having Justin Robbins back is the 'x factor' and will prove to be huge in third-down situations. Think Pat Reddick. And we know Justin has the mojo when it comes to playing the Cardinal.
Prediction: UW 31-14 (with a big nod to the memory of C-Dub)
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 3-0.
Will the Dawgs be able to run the ball?
Will Cody finally throw the ball like he did last year?
I think so.
Dawgs 35, Cardinal 12
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 2-1. Washington is #17 in the nation in defense, much to the surprise of Husky fans that are wringing their hands. The Huskies are also averaging nearly 145 yards per game on the ground, nearly double what they averaged last year. Stanford is a big step up in competition, but they are also a Pac-10 foe that Washington will have little trouble getting up for. Stanford has a strong ground game this year, but Washington stops the run well. Stanford has only given up four yards on the ground this year. Washington will test that number, and will also open their play book up a bit wider this week, and win a close one at home.
Prediction: Washington 21, Stanford 17
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