I thought this team had hit bottom last year. This year, starting 4-1 like they did, really fueled expectations, mine included. A great game against USC did nothing to dampen spirits. Then Isaiah went down in a tough loss to OSU and with it went the rushing offense. With no rushing attack, the passing game became quite pedestrian. With no Kenny James, all rushes between the tackles became extremely defendable. Still, the team fought Cal to a stand still before losing in OT. Same with ASU, but all of those tough losses caught up with the Huskies, culminating in a pounding at the hands of Oregon followed by the worst loss in Husky Stadium in recent memory last weekend. So what do I think will happen this Saturday? I think the Huskies will win. Why? Because Willingham has the reputation of losing a game or two he shouldn't, but also winning one he shouldn't. The law of averages say that this is that one win he gets this year.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 17 - WASHINGTON STATE 14
Kim Grinolds, Managing Partner, RECORD: 7-4 (.636)
Pullman, Washington. What a wonderful place. I'll bet the players can't wait to get there. Better yet, Moscow, Idaho - where the UW team hotel is. My first thought whenever we pull into the parking lot is always "Where the hell am I?" I hope UW doesn't show up for the rivalry game like they did at Oregon. They may show up, but with an injured Carl Bonnell, and Kenny James still hampered, it's going to be tough.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 10 - WASHINGTON STATE 21
Chris Fetters, Editor-in-Chief, RECORD: 7-4 (.636)
It's gonna be ugly, regardless of the final tally, but ever since Carl Bonnell went down with injury along went any tangible threat to keep opposing defenses honest. UW's receivers are not good enough to get consistent separation - which means it's all on the run game to help get Robb Akey and the WSU D off their backs. Don't count on it. The Cougars will give up yards, but they won't give up scores.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 6 - WASHINGTON STATE 28
Scott Eklund, Columnist, RECORD: 7-4 (.636)
It's been a rough last six weeks for the Dawgs. After starting 4-1 and dreaming of bowl games they now find themselves in the spoiler role again for the fourth-straight year against the Cougars. A gimpy Carl Bonnell will give it a go this weekend against the school he originally committed to back in 2001, but it wouldn't surprise anyone to see walk-on senior Felix Sweetman at least at some point during the Apple Cup this year. Washington's offensive line has regressed after starting the season off well and the receivers aren't making plays. Defensively, the Huskies might get a break as Jason Hill and Michael Bumpus may not play for the Cougars, but WSU still has the edge at the quarterback position with Alex Brink under center and their defense has played much better (save last week's debacle against Arizona State). Since this game is in Pullman, you have to give the Cougs the edge, but the Huskies will keep it close for a while.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 14 - WASHINGTON STATE 24
Dick Baird, Columnist, RECORD: 4-7 (.364)
Michael Braunstein wins the game for the Huskies in a field goal contest. He will win the Apple Cup on his last kick as a Husky, as he is exiting the program at the behest of the coaches. This means that the Huskies will wreck the Cougars' season. Carl Bonnell will somehow be healthy enough to run for 78 yards and 1 TD. Kenny James will run for over a hundred, and the Husky defense scores for the first time since UCLA. And for those that say I have no credibility - you may be right, I may be crazy, but it just might be a lunatic you're looking for.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 25 - WASHINGTON STATE 24
Race Bannon, Publisher DuckFighter Illustrated, RECORD: 7-4 (.636)
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Prediction: WASHINGTON 3 - WASHINGTON STATE 27
Patrick Thrapp, Numbers Guy, RECORD: 7-4 (.636)
What can I say? Will the Huskies win, probably not? They have gotten progressively worse each week since their 4 & 1 start. Key injuries exposed their lack of talented depth. They seem to lack any emotion, and the Apple Cup has been traditionally a game full of emotion. Are we going to see our running backs dance to the hole where the linebacker is waiting? Will the QB be throwing balls over the WR's head, at their feet, or even better yet bouncing it off their hands? Will the defense be like gnats trying to tackle cars on the freeway? All in all not a pretty picture to envision. I hope I am totally wrong because it pains me to see this team so down. I'll have my fingers crossed, and hope like hell the DAWGs put on a good showing.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 13 - WASHINGTON STATE 30
Rick Samek, Columnist, RECORD: 6-5 (.545)
So here it is. A long, strange 2006 trip about to end. And since the hoops team has played three games this week, I haven't even THOUGHT about this Saturday's upcoming scrimmage. Not after witnessing last week's sorry excuse for a football game, anyway. So I guess I have to throw a score out there to complete my contractual obligation for this season. Taken with three Vicodin and a swollen jaw.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 7 - WASHINGTON STATE 27
Aaron Beach, Columnist, RECORD: 6-5 (.545)
After watching the Huskies play one of their worst offensive games ever in an embarrassing loss to Stanford and seeing their bowl chances washed down the river like the recent local floods, I am having difficulty crafting a prediction for a Husky victory in the Apple Cup. God bless Dick Baird, but I am incapable of perpetual optimism. Outside of Bumpus and Hill standing on the sidelines all game, I'm not confident that the Huskies can win this game. That being said, I'm not going to win the staff prediction title this year anyway, and if I'm going down, let me die a Husky. Surprise me Tyrone, make me a believer!
Prediction: WASHINGTON 24 - WASHINGTON STATE 21
Henry Han, Seattle Times, RECORD: 8-3 (.727)
Wow. Almost a week has passed since the embarrassment, and I'm still shaking my head. Thank goodness for basketball season around here. Is there anything even relevant to this other than pride? This is the "Apple Bowl" for the fourth straight year, folks. It doesn't get any lower than this. I see the Cougars just hammering on former teammate Carl Bonnell, only to see Felix Sweetman come off the bench for the final drive of the game and lead a valiant charge and toss a TD pass to Kenny James with time expiring, and Michael Book nailing an extra point.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 7 - WASHINGTON STATE 34
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