Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 2-0.
So, Washington is at the point where UCLA was two weeks ago - coming off an embarrassing home performance where a visiting team came in and blew a young defensive line from sideline-to-sideline. The Bruins used Illinois to find out just who on their defensive line could play - 12 different people were tried up front. And though Washington also exploited them some, you didn't see such gaping lanes that James or Sampson could run for 30 yards a crack. UCLA coped, minimizing the damage. I think Washington will take a similar tack, and do a lot of game-day evaluation of D-line faces. Unfortunately, Notre Dame is a bit better than Illinois. Stage fright killed the Huskies in 1996, to the tune of 54-20. These guys are even younger.
Prediction: Notre Dame 33, Washington 14
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 1-1.
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Prediction: Notre Dame 45, Washington 20
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 1-1.
What can I say? I really felt that the team would rebound against UCLA and turn the negatives into positives heading into this game. Who knew that the disciplined defense that faced FSU was going to run through assignments, run out of gaps and lanes, and take the worst possible angles? Not me. This team is in trouble and it ain't gonna get better in Notre Dame Stadium. Do you think the Fighting Irish is gonna run the ball just a little? I do, and I think they'll abuse an undersized Husky defensive line. Washington will be 0-3 after this game, and will need to get to 3-3 if the season is to be saved.
Prediction: Notre Dame 33, Washington 10
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 1-1.
On paper, this looks like it could be ugly. Hopefully not Husky offense against FSU or Husky rush defense against UCLA ugly, but I think that the Dawgs will surprise some people. They may be 0-2, but don't think they've quit. They still have fight, and a great attitude. Look for the dawgs to give the SLBOB's....er, I mean, the Fighting Irish all they can handle, but the home team will hang on to win.
Prediction: Notre Dame 21, Washington 20
Max Waugh, Sideline Photographer. Record: 1-1.
"Sit back me friend, you may feel some pain. 'Tis a pity I forgot me novocaine!" -- The Leprechaun, from the classic film Leprechaun 2
Usually when I wonder how many of the "five facets" will be flawed on Saturday morning, I'm thinking about the gem embedded in the kitschy plastic ring at the bottom of my box of Cocoa Crispies. Thanks to Hugh Millen, I now have a lot more to worry about this weekend. Husky fans hope Casey Paus can continue his impressive one week streak of not losing the game for us, that Zach's back is er... back, and that Michael Braunstein sizes up favorably against the ND mascot. The defense has nowhere to go but up and the UW offense finds holes in the Irish defense early... but they both wear down late.
Prediction: Notre Dame 29, Washington 17
Joe Kaiser, Columnist. Record: 0-2.
Well, forget the pass that came up one yard short against UCLA last Saturday. (Whimper) That game wasn't lost because of the offense. It was the case of a defense unable to hold a 17-point first quarter lead in one of the ugliest defensive performances in Husky history. To me, more than anything, that showed that again this team is going to be up and down in all areas this season. If it's not one thing, it's another. Why? Who knows. On the road for the first time this year in South Bend, expect the fragile Huskies to have one area of their game break down. The Irish aren't going to scare anyone with their offense, but their D will make the Dawgs work for every point. And in the end, the Huskies won't have many.
Prediction: Notre Dame 27, Washington 13
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 0-2.
It was last week in the wee hours of the morning that I heard a blues song, entitled, "If Lovin' You Ain't right, I Wanna be WRONG." I liked it so much that I used it in my UCLA prediction- substituting "you" for "these Dawgs". But now, after an 0-2 start, I may soon be singing Stevie Ray Vaughn's "The Sky is Cryin' ", or BB King's "The Thrill is Gone." But reality being what it is, I expect the Huskies to play a tough, solid football game against Notre Dame, even though I can't see a victory being captured in that fourth quarter. The '99 Huskies were in a similar situation, being 0-2 before defeating a tough Colorado squad. But those Dawgs had Marques Tuiasosopo. So in giving a prediction for this Saturday, all I can say is, "My Mama Didn't Raise No Fool...."
Prediction: Notre Dame 34, Washington 23
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 0-2.
What to say about this game...? You think you have a handle on the '04 defense after a solid effort against Fresno State, only to see them implode against UCLA. You think you have a handle on the '04 offense, thinking that youth and inexperience will be the catchwords of the year, yet they put out a poised, confident effort against the Bruins, only two yards shy of victory. Which Washington team will show up? The solid defense or the imploding defense? The young offense or the confident offense? At home I might have a better idea, but on the road is a whole different kettle of fish, especially going up against Touchdown Jesus. This is not your Mother's Notre Dame team, but they are a team riding a wave of momentum after two solid wins. If this game was at Husky Stadium, my prediction would be much closer, but on the road I have a feeling this game isn't going to be close. Growing pains for the youngsters, but it will serve them well down the road.
Prediction: Notre Dame 35, Washington 13
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 0-2.
I won't sugar coat this one. We will lose. I would love to be wrong. Yet I just can't see it. In my mind Notre Dame is probably not as good offensively as the UCLA we saw. Nor are they probably as good defensively as the Fresno we saw. We are on the road with a young team. The odds are slim this DAWG team can pull off a win. It would be a big one if they did.
Prediction: Notre Dame 35, Washington 23
Henry Han, Intern. Record: 0-2.
Washington needs a win and they need it bad like no other. Sorry, but it won't happen this week. Combining the UCLA game's offense with the Fresno State game's defense is the recipe for a win, but I think the Notre Dame game will give us a whole new recipe for disaster. Hey, not like I'm happy about it. Just telling it like I think it is.
Prediction: Notre Dame 31, Washington 14
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 0-2
I believe this will be the biggest win of the Gilbertson era. It's sort of like Lambo's game against Miami except Miami was a lot better team. The players and coaches really need to try and put together a complete team effort and it will happen. Casey Paus will have a great game in front of his family and friends throwing for 240 and 2 touchdowns with one being a screen or dump to a back and the other being a long shot to ET. The kicking game will produce a score and the defense will take one to the house and the ride home will be a tremendous experience. That's my prediction and I'm sticking to it.
Prediction: Washington 34, Notre Dame 21
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