Prepare for a mauling

The season from Hell only has two weeks left, and basketball season is upon us. Thank God. Here is what the staff thinks will happen Saturday in Husky Stadium against Cal, a BCS team that the Dawgs used to beat like a rented donkey.

Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 8-1.

Well I, for one, would love to see the full Cal band up here for the game. Goodness knows, there will be plenty of room for them. For then, besides "the tailgate", the best part of the day will be watching them perform Script Cal. Best routine in the conference (hey, any fight song with "Taps" in it can't be all bad). It's only an 11-hour drive from Berkeley, and there are thousands of available seats - wouldn't surprise me if there was a larger-than-usual Bear contingent up to witness the carnage. As for "the contest", there will be none ... California has scored touchdowns in seven of their eight opening-game drives, lest we forget what they did last year on the game's first play against Washington. The Bears should easily cover the cover the spread - the numbers speak for themselves.

Prediction: California 51, Washington 3
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 8-1.

Brutal. Just brutal. I am glad that it finally leaked out that Carl Bonnell wasn't as injured as many thought. Why a lame duck coach would bury his best potential quarterback on the bench is a mystery to me, and one that I certainly don't have the entire story on. But does it matter? Unless Bonnell plays against Cal, this anemic Husky offense will barely cross midfield. Hopefully the Huskies will be staring across the field at their future coach. The Dawg Defense will be very game, as they have been most of the year, but will run out of gas because the offense won't be able to keep them off of the field, and more carnage will result.

Prediction: California 47, Washington 3
Max Waugh, Sideline Photographer. Record: 7-2.

So, let me get this straight. We're separated, about to go through a divorce, and at the same we are inviting this new babe from down the street into our home? And we are also courting her with the current girl still in the house? That ain't right! Or is it? Actually, she is kinda hot...

Prediction: California 43, Washington 3
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 7-2.

There are so many negative factors going into this game that we all know that there is no chance for a Husky victory. Even if the impossible was happening, and Washington was only down, say, 24-10 late in the 3rd quarter, we all know that the imminent collapse would strike and suddenly we would be down 52-10 with 4:00 left in the game... Man, do I sound like a typical Cougar fan or what?

Prediction: California 63, Washington 6
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 6-3.

Yes, the audition has finally arrived. I'm surprised to hear how many Husky fans aren't interested in watching a unique circumstance in UW history - coaches old and new going at it on the semi-frozen tundra of Don James Field. Of course Jeff Tedford is on Todd Turner's short list - how could he not be? In fact, there's a very good chance that he's the frontrunner, so watch him now when you can say you knew him when! And UW fans will not doubt get a heavy dose of Tedford's offensive pyrotechnics and Bob Gregory's defensive machinations Saturday, as Cal will blow open a close game in the second half. The UW defense, as it has for much of the season, will do what it can to fortify the crumbling dam known as the Husky O, but unless Evan Benjamin conjures up his old running days as a Redmond Mustang, or Darin Harris lines up under center like he used to at Decatur, there won't be a lot to talk about - except for the over/under on Tedford's arrival in Seattle.

Prediction: California 42, Washington 3
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 6-3.

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Prediction: California 56, Washington 3
Joe Kaiser, Columnist. Record: 6-3.

No need to explain, this one might be the worst loss in Husky history. If it is, my ringer will be off the hook until the Apple Cup. If you're trying to reach me, please direct all your calls through Henry Han. He'll be happy to take your calls. Thanks.

Prediction: California 49, Washington 3
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 5-4.

I'll be on the sidelines with a camera..........I'll be on Spurrier sighting alert. I'll take lots of pictures of Jeff Tedford as well, just in case we need to start filling our database full of those for some strange reason. Cal wins this one in a yawner. I just can't wait to get to Pullman. When was the last time I said that and meant it?

Prediction: California 38, Washington 3
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 5-4.

It takes UW 73 more yards, and 27 more plays to get 7 points on average then it does Cal. Cal scores almost 3 times more than UW does. By all accounts UW should not win. Yet the game will be played. When the DAWGs hang on to the ball they are known to move it down the field. Yet seeing how it takes us 165 yards per 7 points. There is bound to be a turnover, or penalty to make us really have to work for it.

Prediction: Washington 45, California 9
Henry Han, Intern. Record: 5-4.

OK, Husky fans. Be prepared be shocked, awed, and generally floored. Washington will come out like a house a-fire and stun the Bears . . . . . by waiting a full two quarters before turning the ball over and giving up a cheap touchdown. From there it's all downhill as the Bears maul the Huskies as if they were a cashmere sweater going through the dryer on the permanent press cycle.

Prediction: California 40, Washington 3
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 2-7

Well, there is a reason my record is by far the worst on the staff…..I can't pick against the Huskies. Obviously I did once this year, but that was Dawgman strong-arming me into that one, but I'll bet you guys knew that. So without further ado, I'm going to do what you all expect, predict a Husky upset win. What else?

Prediction: Washington 17, California 14
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