David Samek – Publisher: I liked what the offensive line did in the first two weeks, I love what the running backs are doing, and the defensive front seven is doing everything they can to make this defense solid against the run. Unfortunately the Huskies have gotten sub par performances from the defensive secondary, the receiver position, and at quarterback. Those areas need shoring up. Fresno State has a top notch running back that the Huskies will do well against to hold under 120 yards. The Bulldogs' new quarterback is big but surprisingly mobile. Washington will need a better showing from their secondary to win on Saturday, and I just don't see that happening. Isaiah will need to have a big game, as the Bulldogs will key on the Husky run. That will spell doom, as he doesn't have enough weapons to bail him out when he gets in trouble.
PREDICTION: Fresno State 27, Washington 23
Kim Grinolds – Managing Partner: UW will need to play much better in order to defeat Fresno state than they have played in their first two games so far. I expect a physical, low scoring game with the winning team being the one with the fewest turnovers and special teams mistakes. Believe it or not, I think that team will be wearing Purple and Gold on Saturday.
PREDICTION: Washington 17, Fresno State 13
Chris Fetters – Editor-in-Chief: The way that Washington has made Adam Tafralis and Paul Thompson look the past two weeks, Tom Brandstater better be polishing up his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech after Saturday. Because if Washington can't provide a consistent pass rush for four quarters, Fresno State will find ways to move the ball offensively. On the other side, the Huskies are dealing with a QB that has a hobbled psyche and a receiving corps that isn't helping him out by getting separation. These things combined in equal measure create a recipe for defeat du jour. If it was any other team, I might predict a mild upset, but Pat Hill-coached teams don't beat themselves. Washington is still horrible when it comes to turnover discrepancy, and it'll be another key miscue that will give the Bulldogs the margin they'll need for victory. I anticipate the same kind of game the 'Dogs played against Oregon, but the Pac won't come out on top this time.
PREDICTION: Fresno State 21, Washington 17
Scott Eklund – Columnist: If you asked any Husky fan where they expected the Washington football team to be after their first two games, most would have said 1-and-1. So the Dawgs are right where most everyone thought they would be. Therefore, the Fresno State game is seminal for many reasons. Can QB Isaiah Stanback come back strong after a poor outing in Norman? Can the defense shut down Fresno State RB Dwayne Wright? Will the pass defense be better? There are myriad questions and if the answers are in the affirmative to most of them, the Dawgs should be able to pull out this one. Washington needs to be physical and hard-nosed to beat the Bulldogs and I think that's exactly what happens on Saturday.
PREDICTION: Washington 27, Fresno State 24
Dick Baird – Columnist: This is the game that will show Washington is ready to pursue a bowl bid. They will not turn the ball over in crucial points of the game, and the running game will continue to be solid. Also, the kicking game will not have any blocks this week, and Stanback shows that he can bounce back and play at the Pac-10 level this week in leading his team to victory. Another 100+ yard game for Rankin, who is becoming one of the better backs in the Pac-10. Fresno State struggles against the Husky defense, who gets more pressure on a new quarterback.
PREDICTION: Washington 21, Fresno State 17
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PREDICTION: Washington 29, Fresno State 27
Patrick Thrapp – numbers guy: I think this game with Fresno State will be a real scrap. The Bulldogs really stood toe to toe with Oregon. Our DAWGs did the same with Oklahoma for a while. Unfortunately UW only lasted a little over a half a game, while Fresno went almost to the end before succumbing. The Huskies will need to try and play error free ball. I hope this coming game our running game can pound Fresno all 4 quarters. In my opinion UW needs to run the ball, move the chains, kill clock, and score TDs. What better defense is there than that? By the way who wasn't off their couch Saturday screaming the entire time Kenny James was trucking 54 yards for TD. Man was that refreshing! I want lots more of that.
PREDICTION: Washington 23, Fresno State 21
Rick Samek – Columnist: Will Fresno be hurting from last week? Yes. Will they be chomping at the bit to get rid of that bad taste and take it out on someone else? Yes. Will Washington be hurting from last week? Yes. Will they be chomping at the bit to get rid of that bad taste and take it out on someone else? Ummmmmm …. (and yes – that's a challenge to the toughness of this year's Husky team, from senior leadership on down. A team can't consider itself on the improve it if reacts to fumbling away of a golden opportunity by folding like a Chez Paul napkin. Sulking isn't the way to create another one, nor is it a way towards leadership of self and team. The bell has to be answered for every round, despite what happened in the previous round. Even if you fumbled on the four. You know your opponents are going to, and they're going to give no quarter. Another ten bells are about to sound, gentlemen. And if you don't want to get up off the stool for each and every one of them, blow-by-blow, then it's time to put someone in that does.)
PREDICTION: Fresno State 37, Washington 17
Aaron Beach – Columnist: Three games into the season and we've already hit make it or break it time. If Stanback doesn't leave the field leading after the first half, he might stay in the locker room. Fresno State gave Oregon all they could handle and might be favorites on the road against the Dawgs, but this may be the biggest game the Huskies will play all year, and the home team will rise to the occasion accordingly. It won't be Stanback that ekes out a narrow victory though. I see him on the bench at the start of the second half. Carl Bonnell will lead the Dawgs to a closing drive victory as the Huskies pull off the (gulp) upset.
PREDICTION: Washington 34, Fresno State 30
Henry Han – Seattle Times: Maybe it was the glimmer of hope I received from the first half of the Oklahoma game, but I think that Washington can pull out a win against a tough Fresno State team. Granted, it may not qualify as a "program changing" win, but wins are hard to come by around here and beggars can't be choosy. Washington's defense (besides the secondary) has held steady, but the key is Isaiah Stanback. Stanback must perform well this game to deflect any "quarterback controversy" questions heading into conference play. Here's hoping Ty Willingham doesn't have to use the hook that he no doubt will have close by his side this Saturday.
PREDICTION: Washington 21, Fresno State 14
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