This is the game where Carl Bonnell shows that the five interceptions were an abberation. ASU will throw the kitchen sink at him and will come with all kinds of run crashes in attempts to limit what he can do, but Carl has good poise. If his shoulder allows, he can also run the ball and when he breaks containment, he'll make the Devils pay for their over-aggressiveness. Louis Rankin is going to need to pick up those three to four yard runs to take a little pressure off of Carl though, and I think he will. Look for Johnie Kirton and Marcel Reece to both have touchdown receptions. Arizona State will score as well but not enough as the Huskies improve their record at Husky Stadium this year to 4-1. Rudy Carpenter throws a late interception and the Husky crowd goes wild.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 23 - ARIZONA STATE 17
Kim Grinolds, Managing Partner, RECORD: 6-2 (.750)
Bonnell won't be throwing 5 interceptions, even if the conditions are miserable. I get the feeling this game is just going to be ugly. However, ugly doesn't necessarily mean it will be a bad outcome for Washington. They'll need to shut down the ASU rushing attack and avoid the turnovers that plagued them against Cal. I believe they'll do just enough to come out of this game above .500.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 21 - ARIZONA STATE 17
Chris Fetters, Editor-in-Chief, RECORD: 5-3 (.625)
This one is a total toss-up, and usually in that case I'd favor the home team because of the intangibles (fans, weather), but ASU has suddenly found an antidote for all that - a running game. The key for Washington is basically shutting the run game down to just Ryan Torain and Keegan Herring...in short, make Rudy Carpenter one-dimensional. If UW's front can force Carpenter into being just a pocket-passer and pressure him without outlets, they can get to him. Washington needs this game so badly for their bowl hopes, will it be an Oregon State redux? I fear that it will be.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 21 - ARIZONA STATE 23
Scott Eklund, Columnist, RECORD: 6-2 (.750)
Seemingly, a bowl bid and the season hinge on this game. The Huskies have lost three straight, but have played to the level of their competition in all three losses. They must, I repeat MUST, get this win or they can pretty much kiss the much-valued bowl game goodbye. QB Carl Bonnell showed well last week and it appears that Louis Rankin will be the running back for the Dawgs for at least the next couple weeks. He must get going early so Bonnell will have time to find some open receivers when he drops back to pass. After playing tough most of the game against Cal, the secondary must build on that and hopefully an almost 100% Dashon Goldson can keep going. Huskies need this one and I think they get it.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 34 - ARIZONA STATE 28
Dick Baird, Columnist, RECORD: 4-4 (.500)
Washington will bounce back and take it to the Sun Devils. The Huskies will do a good job of protecting Bonnell and he will once again throw for over 200 yards including a long strike for a TD again. Also, Louis Rankin will break a long one and go over the century mark. Michael Braunstein will connect on a big three pointer, which will provide the difference.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 23 - ARIZONA STATE 20
Race Bannon, Publisher DuckFighter Illustrated, RECORD: 5-3 (.625)
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Prediction: WASHINGTON 24 - ARIZONA STATE 21
Patrick Thrapp, Numbers Guy, RECORD: 6-2 (.750)
Looking at the numbers both teams are fairly even. ASU looks to be a little more productive based on yards and plays per 7 points. I thought we'd get crushed at USC and Cal. I thought we'd handle OSU too. So who shows up this Saturday for the DAWGs? I don't have the answer. Another personal observation is this. Does UW play better on the road then at home? If this latest trend continues then one would expect the Huskies to struggle in a loss to ASU Saturday, and look good against Oregon next week in a yet another loss. Moral victories just don't cut it. Plus they don't get you to a bowl game either. My gut says we eek out a win this game against the Devils. Either that, or it is too much bisquits and gravy down here in Mississippi.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 27 - ARIZONA STATE 24
Rick Samek, Columnist, RECORD: 5-3 (.625)
Didn't Frank Kush fatten Kevin Rutledge's lip on the sidelines because he kicked a ball into the moat the last time ASU was in town? Was Danny White their Quarterback? Was Sparky even their mascot back then, or was it Darth Maul? Oh well, no matter. Washington really didn't respond well to their USC adversity, getting pummeled by ordinary Oregon State. What stance will they take be after their California Hail Mary turned out to be another lump of coal in their Christmas stocking? Especially after the Beelzebubs got themselves healthier by pasting Stanford High School last week and picture themselves a *throatclear* bowl team again. I dunno, but the Huskies just seem right for another downer. But just in case, ASU punter Jonathan Johnson might want to find cover behind the stationary bikes, for I hear Dirk Koetter has a mean right hand.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 16 - ARIZONA STATE 24
Aaron Beach, Columnist, RECORD: 6-2 (.750)
This is a prototypical "crossroads" game for the Dawgs. A win in this game propels the Dawgs to an imminent opportunity to play in December and a huge confidence boost for a replacement QB and a team that truly needs it. A loss leaves this team with a streak of heartbraking, demoralizing setbacks heading into a tough game in Eugene. Carl Bonnell will cut his INT's down to two and will play well enough to beat ASU as the offense will put up 27 points in this game. Make no mistake about it: The defense will determine this game. If Kent Baer can keep pressure on Rudy Carpenter by mixing up blitz packages from the linebacking core and the defensive ends (Ala, Gunheim), UW can make life miserable for the SunDevils. On what is expected to be a cloudy Saturday in Montlake, I'm casting my vote for the Dawgs.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 27 - ARIZONA STATE 21
Henry Han, Seattle Times, RECORD: 7-1 (.875)
Will the real Washington Huskies please stand up? Even though they were losses, the Huskies than hung with two top-10 teams on the road were much better than than they one that got clobbered at home by Oregon State. So which Husky team shows up this week for Homecoming? I'm thinking something in the middle. Washington desperately needs to get their running game going in the worst of ways and Carl Bonnell can't throw five picks. But with ASU being just as inconsistent, this is a chance for the Huskies to take advantage of a home game and get some more merit points from the bowl committee.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 27 - ARIZONA STATE 24
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