Dawgman Predictions

The Husky football team hosts the 2005 Apple Cup this Saturday when WSU visits Seattle. The Dawgs come into the game after breaking a six-game losing streak with a 38-14 win last Saturday at Arizona while the Cougars have dropped seven in a row after opening the season with three straight non-conference victories.

Chris Fetters, Editor. Record: 8-2.

It's for the Cup, the bowl game, the whole enchilada figured out in four quarters, and I think Washington found a little lightning in a bottle against Arizona. Whether they can pull the cork off it, eliminate turnovers, establish a balanced attack and pressure Alex Brink into some untimely throws is yet to be seen. They key? Isaiah Stanback. He has to play his best game of the year for the Huskies to win. My prediction will answer that question.

Prediction: Washington 28, Washington State 24
Rick Samek, Columnist. Record: 8-2.

Being curious, I took the liberty of running through a Virtual Apple Cup on an EA SPORTS NCAA Football 2005 video game to see how it would come out. But wouldn't you know it – a Trojan virus manifested itself onto the game, resulting in both teams losing 56-7.

My virus protection didn't bother trying to fix it - it simply flagged both teams as un-repairable and deleted them from memory.

(As for the game itself – though Gov. Christine Gregoire is a Husky grad, in her official capacity as trophy-presenter she will not be allowed to ask for a recount.)

Prediction: Washington State 1-7, Washington 1-7
Scott Eklund, New kid on the block. Record: 8-2.

I have been torn all week. After a great win in Arizona, the Huskies are flying high. They finally played a complete from opening kickoff to the final tick on the clock and it paid off with a 38-14 victory. The Dawg defense has stepped up the last two weeks, causing turnovers and getting decent pressure on the quarterback. Cougar QB Alex Brink, WR Jason Hill and RB Jerome Harrison will get their yards and points, but the defense must cause at least three turnovers to get into the Cougars' heads. Isaiah Stanback has to continue to run the ball and make better decisions in the passing game. If James Sims can grind it out against a patchwork Cougar defense, UW should be able to keep the WSU offensive weapons off the field. UW to win out, finish 3-8 and head into the season with momentum? I think so.

Prediction: Washington 35, Washington State 31
Derek Johnson, Columnist. Record: 7-3.

If this game was being played in Pullman I would pick the Cougars. At season's close, Washington State strikes me as one of the most underacheiving teams in years.

As for the Dawgs, the primary curiosity this week is that of QB Isaiah Stanback. Last week, if you take away one miraculous throw, he had a pedestrian day through the air. But the manner in which he asserted himself- most evident when tucked the football and ran- was impressive and encouraging to see. Will he bring that same intensity from now on? Can he lead the Huskies to a narrow win against Wazzu? I'm betting that he can.

Prediction: Washington 27, Washington State 24
Pat Thrapp, Columnist. Record: 6-4.

Last week I raked this DAWG team over the coals for their display against OSU. I didn't think they had a chance against a resurgent Arizona team. A quarter into the Wildcat game I still felt that way. Slowly though they turned, step by step, when at the end they were victorious. Excitement, a big play was the scene that night in the desert, So now what? My homer feelings say we win the Apple Cup game. My impartial prognosticator side worries. Harrison is really quick on his feet. I have wished & hoped for wins too much this season already. Why change now. DAWGs have the 'Big Mo' going, and win it in the end.

Prediction: Washington 34, Washington State 31
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations. Record: 6-4.

This one's easy. It always is. WSU, as usual will find another imaginative, creative way to "Coug it."

Prediction: Washington 38, Washington State 35
David Samek, Publisher. Record: 6-4.

Washington finally got in the win column. Can't believe it had been so long since tasting victory. WSU played Oregon to a standstill last Saturday, so they'll come in either ready to avenge that, or downtrodden from the close loss. I think the Huskies win this one and end the season from HELL with two victories, something to build on for 2006. In a very wet and sloppy apple cup, Washington takes back the trophy behind the running of James Sims. GO DAWGS!!!

Prediction: Washington 31, Washington State 23
Joe Kaiser, Intern Emeritus. Record: 6-4.

Run all you want Harrison, your Cougars aren't going to win a Pac-10 game this season. The reason? Finally, the Huskies have something to feel good about and build on, and the shocking route of Arizona last week is going to carry over this week at Husky Stadium. Look for James Sims to crack 100 yards again in his final game as a Husky, and Stanback to connect with Chambers for a TD one last time in '05.

Prediction: Washington 34, Washington State 31
Race Bannon, Columnist. Record: 3-7.

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Prediction: Washington 28, Washington State 24
Dick Baird, Columnist. Record: 2-8

Of course Washington is going to win. I've picked them every game this year, and I'm not going to change now. The game against Arizona shows what they can do when they put 60 minutes together and now they've seen what it's like to win again. It's been a long, hard season for the Huskies, but an Apple Cup victory will be just what Tyrone needs as goes into recruiting.

Prediction: Washington 34, Washington State 21
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