Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 2-0.
Some remarkably telling player quotes on the Times this week. No sense in rehashing them here. But didn't going 1-10 in 2004 bring enough pain and suffering to want to start exorcising the demons back in August? Or even during Spring ball? They had to go and get folded, spindled, and mutilated at home like none other before they start vowing ‘enough is enough' and to ‘buckle down and practice harder'? WHOSE house? And the hits just keep on comin'. For at least a week, and at great risk of coughing up the all-important prognostication lead, I'm with that wacky tandem of Herbstreit and Bannon.
Prediction: Idaho 26, Washington 24
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 1-1.
Ouch. Going into this season I really felt that the Huskies could win four, five, maybe even six games. In order to do that, the team needed to show marked improvement from week one to week two. I didn't see it. I saw a defense that could not tackle, could not cover, and an offensive line that was outmatched. I saw a team that hung its head in the end, and that depressed the crap out of me.
Keep in mind that this was a good Cal team they faced. Their quarterback was average but they are still a Hell of a lot more talented than Washington, and better coached at this point. Idaho looked good in their first two games and will bring it on Saturday. Can the Huskies hold off the Vandals? I cannot believe I just asked that question. I think they can, simply because I don't think Idaho can run the football. But if the Huskies tank this one, I doubt this team draws more than 50,000 for the rest of the season.
Prediction: Washington 27, Idaho 23
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 1-1.
The Huskies will burst out of the starting gate eager to prove themselves and believing they can compete because it is against Idaho. There will be a point in the first half where a dramatic touchdown occurs, and for a minute, it will feel like old times. The Huskies will be ahead, excited, playing hard. The diminutive crowd will be jacked. Then something will go wrong, perhaps in the third quarter, and Idaho will begin to mount a charge. The Dawgs will have to hang on for dear life, but they will prevail in the end.
Do any long-time Mariner fans remember the 1991 season, when the team beat Texas in a meaningless late-season game in Arlington to clinch their first-ever .500 season? Several Mariners were crying in the clubhouse for what it symbolized- even though it seemed bizarre to east coast fans who heard about it later. Likewise, for the Huskies this Saturday, a win will be such a relief that there will be a collective emotional release in the locker room/media room following the game.
Prediction: Washington 34, Idaho 27
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 2-0.
This is a game where the Huskies just might have an edge on the lines, thus giving them an edge on the scoreboard. I expect Holt to be very aggressive defensively and I expect Lappano is going to try and unleash Isaiah Stanback to take advantage of the Vandals' upfield pressure. Idaho is only averaging 2.6 yards per rush (some of that is due to the fact that their quarterbacks have been sacked 6 times in two games), but Antwuan Sherman is the key to their offensive hopes. If he can provide enough of a running threat, that should give Steve Wichman and company the time they need to be successful in the passing game. I'll take Washington here because I believe the coaches realize they gave up on the ground game too early against Cal and they will use it as the backbone of an offensive effort that will hold on against a very game Idaho team.
Prediction: Washington 35, Idaho 28
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 1-1.
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Prediction: Idaho 28, Washington 17
Joe Kaiser, Intern Emeritus. Record: 1-1.
I have no hair left from last week. The Husky cornerbacks are inexperienced - we knew that coming in - but how they were that bad is as big a mystery as any. Needing this win as bad as any in recent memory, look for the Huskies to squeak one out versus the hard-playing Vandals from the east, using the legs of Louis Rankin to do so. I can't believe I'm picking this close of a win over the Vandals. It's getting bad.
Prediction: Washington 27, Idaho 21
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 1-1.
More interesting than who will win is how many people will be in the stands. Many Husky fans will show up disguised as empty seats, sorry to say. As much as UW could use a blowout to instill confidence ,this is going to be a closer game than many think.
Prediction: Washington 28, Idaho 24
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 1-1.
I said last week on the boards you would like our predictions this week. Now after the Cal game I am a little worried I might be eating those words. But fear not. My homer juice is still flowing in my veins. Our running game will pickup. Which I hope Ty uses more for defense. Eat some clock offense. The last thing we need is our defense on the field. The closer UW can get the time of possession to 60 minutes the better the chance to win is my thinking. I am actually looking forward to see how Stanback and the WRs do this week. Especially if the pressure is lightened with a good running game.
Prediction: Washington 31, Idaho 27
Scott Eklund, New kid on the block. Record: 1-1.
The Huskies are down, but have they hit rock bottom yet? It's hard to say, but after the California debacle, I take nothing for granted. This team needs a win in the worst way, but so does Idaho. Idaho has played WSU tough and took UNLV to the wire. Could the Huskies have done that? Idaho hasn't beaten UW in 100 years and while I don't think the Vandals will beat Washington, it will be much closer than many Dawg fans will be comfortable with.
Prediction: Washington 31, Idaho 27
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 0-2
Here I sit, 0-2 in the predictions records. But I did have the most popular pick on the message boards, so that counts for something, right? Everyone loves to be loved. This team really needed a win last weekend, and didn't get it. Now they need to learn how to win, and Idaho is the best shot on the schedule to do it. It won't be easy, as coach Holt has his guys playing hard. It's time for the Huskies to step up and show they can run the football and play hard-nosed defense. Rankin goes for 100+ and the Dawgs roll.
Prediction: Washington 34, Idaho 17
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