Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 8-0.
Time to put perfection on the line this Saturday. All the talk about Stanback vs. DuRocher, not finishing games, the turnovers, the tumult, the tired excuses - it all comes to an end on Saturday in the pouring rain against Oregon State. Matt Moore will melt like the Wicked Witch of the West. Kent Baer, with some newfound weapons, will throw every stunt and blitz scheme at Moore, forcing at least a couple of picks and a couple of fumbles. The Huskies have shown that they can create big plays, and they will come up with at least four 30+ stingers to score the most points they have all year against a struggling Beaver D.
Prediction: Washington 31, OSU 23
Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 7-1.
Back in August, I figured this one could be one of perhaps three UW wins on the season. Well damn the torpedoes, full-steam ahead … This is the week Isaiah Stanback finally realizes he's Vince Young West and will lay waste to Marques' 509-yard Stanford effort (also a homecoming game), thereby quashing all this "QB controversy" nonsense. The previously mummified Husky pass rush will rise from the necropolis once more, setting Matt Moore running for his life – topped by a rain-driven, Keystone Kop-ish 75-yard sack resulting in the NCAA's first-ever overtime safety that wins it for our heroes. There will be much siren-blaring, blanket waving, Captain Husky-spellouting, goalpost-climbing, and mace.
(Ed. Note – Back on planet Reality, I figure the conference loss streak goes to 14, and OSU romps. But chanting the same mantra is getting downright boring – and besides, I have my six wins; I'm already bowl-qualified. So throw another Beaver on the Homecoming bonfire for me.)
Prediction: Washington 36, Oregon State 34 (OT)
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 7-1.
In life, no matter how bad things get, no matter how poorly we may regard ourselves when nothing is going right, sometimes in seeing that the end of the road is drawing near, it incites a sense of urgency and overrides the way we view our capabilities. With only three games left, and the mediocre Oregon State Beavers coming to town, the Husky seniors will begin to viscerally realize that they are nearing the end. There will be a queasy knot in the pit of their stomachs-- that if articulated would say-- "I have not had the career I wanted, and I can't go out like this." It's also plausible to the Husky players that the Beavers are beatable. And so the Pac-10's longest losing streak will finally come to an end this Saturday in Husky Stadium.
Prediction: Washington 30, OSU 27
Scott Eklund, New kid on the block. Record: 7-1.
It's finally here. The easiest part of the Huskies' 2005 schedule. The problem is nobody is sure if the Huskies can take advantage of it. The Huskies continue to make mistakes that cost them points and are one of the worst teams in the nation when it comes to scoring in the red zone. Things have gotten so bad that there is now a minor quarterback controversy brewing on Montlake. Oregon State limps into town on a two game losing streak including a 29-27 defeat to lowly Arizona that was aided by six Matt Moore interceptions. Its homecoming and the players seem primed to play well for a change. This could be the start of something good for the Dawgs. I'm picking the upset.
Prediction: Washington 28, OSU 27
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 6-2.
Could this possibly be the game? OSU has a D almost as bad as UW's. Will we see a 2-point conversion batted down, or a missed field goal by OSU? Maybe some new way for them to lose. I sure hope so. I know Husky fans wildly yearn for a win. A Pac-10 win. I really think this could be it. At home with some possibly ugly weather. Ok I am really tired of picking them to lose. Which is so easy to do these days. Nope I am going to stick my neck out and predict a win. You heard it right. DAWGs will win this week - FINALLY!
Prediction: Washington 30, OSU 24
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 6-2.
I can't wait . It will be 45 degrees and raining sideways tomorrow. Add to that the game doesn't start until 3:30 in the afternoon between two teams that frankly aren't very good. Should be a real barn burner though. The student section should be alive and well, which always makes for a fun time on the sidelines. This game will be wild, make no mistake about it. And the Huskies will finally prevail over a Pac 10 opponent.
Prediction: Washington 45, OSU 42 (OT)
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 5-3.
Washington should've beaten ASU. They should've beaten UCLA too, but that Bruin team has something magical this season. ASU is…well, frankly they are a team that has thrown in the towel and were just begging for the Huskies to beat them. Yet the Dawgs could not get it done. I don't think they'll get it done in rainy Husky Stadium either, as Yvensen Bernard has a big game and Matt Moore shreds the Husky secondary because the defensive line will get no pass rush. Again. Hopefully those raw JC corners can somehow help next year because frankly, this is the worst UW secondary I've ever seen. Although the next time some kid says he runs a 4.3 and can bench 400 pounds, then shows up on campus and cannot cover a fullback out of the backfield….well…..never mind.
Prediction: Oregon State 23, Washington 14
Joe Kaiser, Intern Emeritus. Record: 5-3.
Beavers' quarterback Matt Moore has been an interception machine in his time at Oregon State, but its highly questionable whether the Huskies' unopportunistic defense will be able to take advantage. Washington's offense, which will again have James Sims as its starting tailback, will have to score over 30 points to win... and won't. The slide continues.
Prediction: Oregon State 34, Washington 23
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 3-5.
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Prediction: Washington 56, OSU 55
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 1-7
Now the Oregon State Beavers come to town fresh off a game in which they threw SIX interceptions as well as losing a key fumble at the end. These were the primary reasons why they lost their game to Arizona. Washington must create some turnovers themselves and at the same time give up none. Zero. Nil. Zilch. This Husky team is just not good enough to squander ANY possessions or chances to gain field position in the game. I seem them doing this and finally stopping the Pac-10 losing streak.
Prediction: Washington 31, OSU 17
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