Kim "Staff Genius" Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 7-3. |
I warned you before … don't kick a Dawg when he is down.
Prediction: Dawgs 31, Bears 24
Joe Kaiser, Columnist. Record: 7-3. The Huskies will circle the wagons, get the ship turned around, and go back to "Husky football" this week in Strawberry Canyon in a dogfight with Cal. Look for Washington to run the ball more this week and win a close one down the stretch. A Derrick Johnson interception return will be the difference.
Prediction: Washington 27, California 24
Dawn Van Diest, Sports Washington. Record: 6-4. Grinolds was the only one on staff that was smart enough to pick the Wildcats last week (right Kim?) This week he's going with the Dawgs, so what do I make of that? Not a lot, and neither would you if you knew what I know. And what do I know? Not much, when it comes to this game, anyway. Cal has more weapons than Washington, and when was the last time that was the case? I think the late Joe Roth was the QB for the Bears. Washington goes down hard on Saturday.
Prediction: Bears 31, Dawgs 17
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 6-4. Unless someone can drop something into Jeff Tedford's morning coffee to make him lose all inhibitions and publicly call the Huskies something derogatory, then Cal will have enough weapons to beat Washington.
Prediction: California 31, Washington 20
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 6-4.
I spent one day flipping a coin a bunch of times. No clear winner. I spent one day angry and firmly in the "We Suck!" camp. Yet, still, I was undecided. On the third day I had a vision. In my best Greg Roberts impression, "Coming off a loss to a double-digit underdog, and on the road as a road underdog, UW is 1 & 0." That loss was to Nevada with a following win on the road at OSU. Can it be done again?
Prediction: Washington 28, California 27
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 6-4. This is one of those games where it's clear one team should win, but for some reason the unpredictable nature of the other team puts this game in doubt. Flip a coin? Close, but California has the home court advantage and they also have a team that appears to be working together. The Huskies appear (at least on the surface) to be in disarray. All it takes is a couple of big plays to get momentum swinging hard in either direction. The Bears win this one, but it will be back and forth for most of the game.
Prediction: California 35, Washington 30
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 5-5. Shall we do this by coin flip or dart toss this week? The Huskies have spent the week getting blasted by all, and stop me if you have heard this before, they should come out fired up and ready for revenge in a game they are widely expected to lose. And yet, I think they still will lose on Gilby's return to Strawberry Canyon, as the Bears are playing for their season, and the cardiac Huskies will want to have the non losing season streak on the line for the Apple Cup.
Prediction: Bears 38, Dawgs 17
Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 5-5. Well, so much for the comic relief that this segment provides. Heck, these guys are doing a better job of it than anything we can script up. Fitting that the lunar eclipse hovering over Arizona Stadium on Saturday night was in actuality a mooning of the Husky sideline. Alas, the whole scene must have spiraled over the head of the intended receiver, for we've yet to see some sort of reply.
Prediction: Washington 71, California 63 (in 7 OTs)
Henry Han, Intern. Record: 5-5. The Dawgs seem to be on a lose one, win one, lose one, win one kind of pattern. So according to this week's turn in the pattern, we should... (hold on, let me think here) win one. Sad but true. But that means at the Apple Cup... ahh... forget it. Gilby wins his homecoming. Washington 34, Cal 28.
Prediction: Washington 34, California 28
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 5-5. OK, so Washington isn't a good team. Is Cal? I think so. But Washington can beat this team. It's going to take their best shot, and a healthy Kenny James. When James went down against Arizona, it hurt. James needs to carry the ball 25 times. Give it to him! And Washington will block a Cal punt this week, and it will be the difference in the game. Softy, this one is for you buddy.
Prediction: Washington 23, California 20
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 5-5.Has Gilby lost this team? I don't think so. Reports of the players not caring about the loss last weekend were wildly exaggerated; I was there and saw it first-hand. Those people obviously didn't talk to Greg Carothers, Cody Pickett, or Kenny James after the game. I did. They do care. However, I think California is dangerous and ready to take down the Dawgs. They took us down last year because of two horrible turnovers inside the Husky 10 yard line. This year they'll do it will balance, and the ability to stop the run. However, I won't be calling for Gilby's head after this loss. It's just where the program is right now, not where it will be in two years.
California 31, Washington 21
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