Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 5-1.
California, with Arrington, Rodgers, and Co., could only tally 17. Arizona State, with Walter, Hagan and Co., mustered but seven. Washington, with Stanback, James, and a bevy of injury insurance claims, might be hard-pressed to continue their 23-year non-shutout streak on a USC defense that is getting better and is surely aware of it. Though Isaiah has the moxie to skate away from "all that burgundy", he's going to need a lot of other guys to step up. The only question is if the Trojan Marching Band will tire of playing "Fight On" after scores and "Tribute to Troy" after stops. It doesn't seem likely.
Prediction: USC 48, Washington 7
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 5-1.
Washington was right there in the game with OSU, only to once again succumb to errors. However, this week they are not facing OSU, or even FSU. They are facing USC, who is so vastly superior that this game will be a laugher. That is where we are now Husky fans. No chance, no way, no how in this one. USC gets up five touchdowns by the third quarter and empties their bench for the final 15:00.
Prediction: USC 41, Washington 3
Max Waugh, Sideline Photographer. Record: 5-1.
Everyone know Lord Byron was dreaming about the UW when he wrote "The Destruction of Sennacherib," but what isn't known is that he devoted two verses in the poem specifically to the Husky-Trojan matchup:
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride.
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail...
I guess Byron kinda missed the boat on that one.
Prediction: USC 52, Washington 10
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 4-2.
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Prediction: Washington 28, USC 27
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 4-2.
This game may be the low point of the season. You just hope that UW can get through this game without getting too banged up. They have yet to do that, and they deserve some luck, even if it's just a little bit. USC will jump on the Dawgs early and let up at the half, and cruise to an easy win.
Prediction: USC 47, Washington 10
Joe Kaiser, Columnist. Record: 4-2.
U-G-L-Y, we ain't got no alibi...we ugly! This season is shifting into a "who do you feel sorry for most" mode, with Keith Gilbertson's job in jeopardy, apathy from the displeased fans and a rash of injuries that continue to make things all the more difficult to handle. My vote this week goes to Isaiah Stanback, who has the privilege of making his first career start with a wounded group of Huskies heading into Los Angeles to play the No. 1 team in the land. No need to get too descriptive about what will happen on Saturday, but I sense the talk on Sunday will center on how slow the Dawgs defense is after Reggie Bush gets done with them.
Prediction: USC 56, Washington 7
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 4-2.
This marks the first time that I can remember that I know UW has no chance to win. USC is too fast, too physical, and the Huskies have too many starters out with injuries. There's nothing positive to even focus on. About the only thing I can think to do, is to head down to LA in the coming weeks and start snooping around the USC football program; searching for evidence of fruit baskets in hotel rooms and interviewing former disgruntled Trojan players.
Prediction: USC 55, Washington 13
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 4-2.
A prediction? Pain. Suffering. Agony. Humiliation. And that's just for the fans traveling down to LA to witness this 'game'. I put 'game' in quotes, because it's going to resemble a 'game' for about one-half of one quarter. Seven-and-a-half minutes. Cherish it, UW fans, because after that it's going to get pretty ugly. Visions of Reggie Bush running down the middle of the field unimpeded, Dwayne Jarrett impersonating Mike Williams to a 'T' (as in Touchdown) and 'The Wild Bunch III' chasing down Isaiah Stanback to the point where he may want to consider switching his scholarship to cross-country. Those will be just a few of the highlights being shown on FSN, but there will be two bright spots. First, UW will score, so while their 27-year non-losing streak will come crashing down to earth like an orphaned satellite-turned space junk, they will keep their 'consecutive-games-with-a-score'-streak alive. Secondly, they will better the 65-7 score handed to them the last time they played a #1 team. Baby steps, Dawg fans.
Prediction: USC 50, Washington 10
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 4-2.
So what do you expect me to write? We will win? Possible, but the chance is ever so slight. Like one over infinity. Ok maybe not that bad, but I am pretty sure we are going to lose. I got a hunch though, that it won't be a blow out. 1st USC will get a big lead. Then Carroll will start playing more of his depth chart. He will want to see some of the future. It will be during this time that Stanback will move the ball for a couple of scores. Providing he is still able to get on the field. Please no more injures.
Prediction: USC 45, Washington 10
Henry Han, Intern. Record: 3-3.
The folks in Las Vegas aren't very fond of the Huskies now are they? I think the question that surrounds this program this week isn't "can the Huskies beat USC," (By the way, I don't think so) but "can the Huskies cover the spread?" (ditto.) Sad. I hope that Washington shocks the world in L.A. but I'm not holding my breath.
Prediction: USC way too many, Washington way too few (if any)
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 1-5
I can't believe I'm going to do this, but I can honestly tell you that Washington doesn't have much of a chance to win this game. So many things would need to go right, and wrong for USC. Sure, it's possible, but I can't fathom it happening tomorrow. Just too much of a long shot.
Prediction: USC 31, Washington 17
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