Dawgman Predictions - Week IV

The first "W" of the Tyrone Willingham era is on the books. And now he welcomes his old employer to town, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. How will he fare against the most storied football program in history? Here is what the staff thinks.

Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 2-1.

"When you put 15, 20 plays down in a script, if the third play comes up third and eight, you go to your lead call for third and eight. In addition to scripting those plays, you also prioritize all the situations on the field. In other words, prioritize third and one, third and two, third and three, third and seven, third and nine, third and 11. Red zone, you're on the 20, the 16, the 12. It's first down, it's second down, it's third down. I have a lead play in all those. And I go to it." Charlie Weis. A man with a plan. .

Prediction: Notre Dame 34, Washington 16
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 2-1.

Washington can't win this one, right? They are outmanned, out-talented, and out-coached, right? So why even play the game? I'll tell you why - Because Washington has now won a football game. They will now start believing in themselves and their coaches. Isaiah Stanback is showing improvement, and if the offensive game plan can utilize his running abilities, look out. Notre Dame's secondary is very young, and I think that Stanback's mobility will make them skiddish, and then Chambers will make them pay. The Husky defense will get torched a couple times, but in the end, Evan Knudson and Sean Douglas will win the field position battle and help the Dawgs pull off the upset.

Prediction: Washington 24, Notre Dame 23
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 2-1.

It will be nice to see Husky Stadium filled to capacity. It will be nice to feel the energy from the fans again. It will be nice to see the Huskies fight hard and hang close in the first half. It won't be nice seeing Notre Dame pull away in the 3rd quarter. It won't be nice seeing Brady Quinn carving up the Husky secondary. It won't be nice hearing the thousands of Irish fans whooping it up throughout the stadium, after each long touchdown pass. It won't be nice seeing Charlie Weis walk off the field and up the tunnel surrounded by his happy and satisfied players. It won't be nice interviewing sullen Husky players after the game.

Prediction: Notre Dame 38, Washington 20
Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 3-0.

Too much Irish in this one. UW has some confidence, and they'll finally have a home crowd that might be able to make a difference with some noise, but ND has a better offense, better defense and enough special teams to win this one on paper easily. Consider the 'Ty-D' Bowl a tidy 'W' for the Irish.

Prediction: Notre Dame 28, Washington 10
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 1-2.

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Prediction: Notre Dame 55, Washington 24
Joe Kaiser, Intern Emeritus. Record: 2-1.

There is no reason the Huskies should win this game. None. Last week's win over Idaho, a 28-point drubbing that temporarily quieted the critics, was fools gold. This team still has a long ways to go, and there's a darn good chance Notre Dame will prove that again this weekend. With an experienced quarterback and a stud sophomore runningback, the Charlie Weis-led Irish offense could very well have their way with the inexperienced Husky secondary. But something is telling me this could be the turning point. This Saturday marks the 11-year anniversary of the Whammy in Miami, a game nobody gave the Huskies a chance to win. Newsflash: they did. Why should this game be any different? I'm with Dicky B on this one...

Prediction: Washington 31, Notre Dame 28
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 2-1.

UW just doesn't have the horses to compete with The Irish. The only chance the Dawgs have is to score on turnovers and special teams, and throw the ball well. I don't expect the running game to be much of a factor. Sorry but the Dawgs just aren't ready yet to beat a team like they'll face on Saturday, but at least it will be a packed house. And come meet us at The Sport after the game!

Prediction: Notre Dame 42, Washington 10
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 2-1.

Not sure what to think about this game. My guess is Notre Dame is not as good as Cal, nor as bad as Idaho. Probably a better team than Air Force. I think we can score on them. I also think they can score on us readily. Going by the numbers we appear to have little chance. I think it will take a perfect game by the Huskies if they want to win. Keeping it close with a chance at the end would be alright by me at this juncture.

Prediction: Notre Dame 35, Washington 27
Scott Eklund, New kid on the block. Record: 2-1.

Washington showed marked improvement last week against Idaho. They ran the ball well and they dominated on the defensive side of the ball. This week things will be much different. These are the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the most storied football program in the country. While the Huskies won't have to deal with the mystique of playing in the shadow of "Touchdown Jesus" they still are going to face better athletes and better schemes this Saturday. UW will struggle to garner a pass-rush against the Irish who have a solid offensive line. Brady Quinn, if he has time, can pick a team apart and with talented wideouts and a very good running back, they should be able to move the ball with ease against the Huskies and their depleted secondary. Offensively, the running game is still a work in progress for the Dawgs. RB Louis Rankin was finally able to get in space, but he still dances too much to be a gamebreaker. He will get better, but right now he isn't an elite or even above-average back. The line will struggle with keeping the Irish pass-rush off of QB Isaiah Stanback and they will probably cause at least three turnovers from the Dawgs. The Huskies will play the Irish tough, but will add another loss to their series against the men from South Bend.

Prediction: Notre Dame 42, Washington 27
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 1-2

OK, the program got a win. That was huge, as now they can begin to assimilate those feelings of what they did right, and how to do it again. Notre Dame is 5-0 against us, and this team knows that they have a HUGE opportunity for a big win on a big stage, a big TV audience, and a coach that could really use this win. I see a purple Saturday as Stanback and Rankin do just enough and the defense bends but doesn't break in the late stages.

Prediction: Washington 27, Notre Dame 24
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