Rotten Apples

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: 9-1.

Rick was out of town this week so he finishes the season with his stellar 9-1 record. I know my brother pretty well, however, and my hunch is that he would pick Washington State to win this one. He is pretty much the least homer of the entire staff, so I think he'd pick WSU to down the Dawgs somewhere in the neighborhood of 33-14. As a side note, Rico told me before the season that he thought this would be a 4-7 or 3-8 team. He wasn't far off.

Prediction: WSU 33, Washington 14
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 9-1.

Washington never loses the Apple Cup. With six in a row under their belt, they just have to show up to win this one, right? Well, that would be true if the Dawgs had an offense that wasn't in such a giving mood and didn't implode so terribly when things go wrong. I see Washington State blocking a punt or field goal attempt and turning the game around on the momentum from that Husky gaffe. So what else is new? I wish they could send Keith Gilbertson off with a victory in his final game, as Monday Gilby moves out. But it won't happen, and this nightmare will finally be over.

Prediction: WSU 23, Washington 6
Max Waugh, Sideline Photographer. Record: 8-2.

Despite all the recent history in this rivalry, I see a retread of the Arizona and Oregon State games. Washington's going up against another mediocre-at-best offense which also happens to be a better-than-Huskies-at-worst offense. Token mistakes and inability to move the ball consistently will doom us again, despite wazzu's best efforts to blow the game. If it takes one of the worst teams in UW history to finally give the cougars a morale-boost, I can live with that. However, having to go back to Pullman (where I spent three dark years as a youngster) to witness it blows. Make it quick and painless, please.

Prediction: WSU 19, Washington 10
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 8-2.

While we all would love to see the final seconds of Saturday's game to tick off the clock while Gilby is lifted up by his players and carried off the field, it isn't going to happen. Husky turnovers will give the Cougs the short field in the 2nd half and that's all it will take. The Apple Cup streak will end, just like every other streak that ended this year.

Prediction: WSU 20, Washington 6
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 7-3.

Throw everything out the window when the Apple Cup comes to town. The records - gone. Momentum? History. And as it has been the last couple of games, it's a matter of the 'Last Team Standing'. In the 97th AC, it might just be a matter of 'Last Quarterback Standing'. Gone are the games of Warren Moon v. the 'Throwin' Samoan'. Mark Rypien v. Chris Chandler? Where is the classic matchup of Drew Bledsoe v. Mark Brunell? Brock Huard v. Ryan Leaf? And this year? Casey Paus v. Alex Brink? Excuse me? In a year where records and streaks were made to be broken, the last quarterback standing will be the one that calls Pullman home.

Prediction: WSU 24, Washington 13
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 7-3.

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Prediction: WSU 9, Washington 6
Joe Kaiser, Columnist. Record: 7-3.

All bets are off in this one, although I'm a Husky so I don't bet anyway... neither of these teams have anything but pride to play for, but the Huskies showed some grit last week in their loss to Cal. Look for the Husky defense to limit the Cougs scoring opportunities, sending this game down to the wire. Evan Knudson, get your right foot ready!

Prediction: Washington 16, WSU 13
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 6-4.

Pullman.............the happiest place on earth. Can't wait to get there. The good news is that the university hopes to disarm fans from turning bottles into mini-missiles by selling drinks without caps. This, of course, would cause liquid to come out and make the bottles less dangerous if thrown. Husky fans better duck. Expect WSU to discover another way to "Coug it", and we'll once again be ducking projectiles.

Prediction: Washington 20, WSU 17
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 6-4.

I am having a hard time with this one. These DAWGs are limping into Pullman. They have struggled to score points all season. They give up the ball with profound propensity. It appears our luck is running out in trying to make it 7 straight Apple Cups. Yet this isn't a 10 win Cougar team. The only event from keeping this a real toilet bowl is a lucky bounce for WSU against Arizona. As crazy as it might read. I believe theses DAWGs play decent ball between turnovers & penalties. So I still have hope, but just not enough of it anymore.

Prediction: WSU 23, Washington 20
Henry Han, Intern. Record: 6-4.

Another "Apple Bowl" for the Huskies. Call it what you will, but the homer in me says that even the worst Husky team will beat the average Cougar team. Win one for the "Gilbster" I say to the players. For all the seniors who stuck through this program and to all those (and there are many of you) inactive because of injuries, thank you.

Prediction: Washington 21, WSU 20
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 2-8

My record sucks. So does the Husky record. But in seeing our guys this week, it is evident to me that this Husky team BELIEVES that they can beat this Cougar team. This is not a very good WSU squad, and even though this is one of the weaker Husky teams in recent history, I think they'll put it together (read: no cheap scores given up) and the offense will find a way to NOT lose this one. The defense will rise to the occasion with Tim Galloway stepping up and filling the rather large shoes of Joe Lobendahn. Dawgs in an upset.

Prediction: Washington 17, WSU 10
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