Joe Kaiser, Columnist. Record: 5-0. Husky football teams don't lose to Nevada, plain and simple. Although something tells me this one will be closer than Washington fans would like. The Wolf Pack will look to run and, if successful, it could keep them in the game much like the Hoosiers game last month. Look for the Huskies to snap out of it late and make a close game look lopsided by the end of it.
Prediction: Washington 37, Nevada 21
Dawn Van Diest, Sports Washington. Record: 5-0. A blustery, rainy October Saturday, a perfect setting for a huge game against Nevada. I assume everybody has talked themselves off of the ledge after last week's second-half debacle – but it still only counts as one loss. The Dawgs will come out and play with emotion and remind us all why we keep coming back for more.
Dawgs 33, Wolf Pack 24
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 4-1. We will see the same kind of first half that we witnessed last week; plenty of hitting and crispness and solid defense. Nevada won't be a pushover, but they won't offer the same kind of threat to unravel UW's confidence, as did the Bruins.
Prediction: Washington 34, Nevada 20
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 4-1. Well here I have to wonder how this Husky team will respond to last week's shellacking. Thank goodness it is Nevada coming to town. I feel fairly confident the DAWGs will win this game. Why you ask? I don't think this team is as bad as some think. I also realize they are not as good as others predicted either. In my mind, Nevada is no better than Stanford at their best. Right or wrong, that is my thinking. With that in mind, here is how I'd pick the score.
Prediction: Washington 31, Nevada 20
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 4-1.
Get to the game early ...... and tailgate. The food you eat and the beverages you consume at the pre-function will be the highlight of the day. This one will be a big time snoozer at the Dawg Pound, but the Dawgs will sleepwalk through another one with a "w".
Dawgs 27, Wolf Pack 10
Henry Han, Intern. Record: 4-1. This is purely a "rebound" game. Nothing more, nothing less. Washington needs to go out there and prove not only to Husky fans, but to themselves that they still have what it takes to please the Husky faithful. And Nevada will be at the receiving end of this rebound. But still... Nevada is no slouch. They are better than Indiana and Idaho and there were times when Washington could have lost those games. No blowout. No way. Not from what I've seen thus far.
Prediction: Washington 28, Nevada 27
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 4-1. This week will show a lot. Do the Huskies have what it takes to bounce back from adversity? Can they do it like they did last year? Granted, Nevada isn't like Oregon State, but they will be tougher than Indiana and Idaho, no doubt. They have a proven runner and a stout defensive line. Washington will win this game, and it won't be a gimme like it may have been in the past - but it will be a solid effort.
Prediction: Washington 34, Nevada 14
Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 3-2. Trying to read Washington is like trying to teach a piano to skateboard. I mean golly, watching that second half was like watching a ferret crap thumbtacks. Sure, they're probably gonna win this week. But it's not going to do much for anybody. So it's high time I hit the basement – like alms for pufferfish, it's what I can do to help. After all, Fun is my Chinese dentist's middle name (no wonder I never ask for novocaine).
Prediction: Nevada 27, Washington 23
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 3-2. This game will be a battle. Many fans think it shouldn't be, but that is where we are. Saturday is crucial for the Dawgs to prove something to themselves, they need to get consistent and confident before the rest of the Pac-10 schedule arrives.
Prediction: Washington 32, Nevada 17.
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 3-2. Nevada is going to be well organized, well coached, and more talented than most Husky fans think. They'll hang with Washington, but depth will catch up with them late. Look for the Huskies to continue running Rich Alexis with success and for the Huskies to win this one in the late third-early fourth quarter.
Prediction: Washington 33, Nevada 17
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 2-3. Well, another exciting non-conference matchup at venerable Husky Stadium this week as the Nevada Wolf Pack attempt to tear the remaining meat off the Husky carcass that an angry bunch of Bruins left for dead on the floor of the even more venerable Rose Bowl. I think that one, long run-on sentence is all this game merits. I'm 2-3, which means getting fired at Huskyville, but my reverse mojo is working better than anything else.
Prediction: Dawgs 21, Wolf Pack 17
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