Dawgman.com Predictions - Week I

It's finally here Dawg fans! The long awaited opener and the beginning of the Jake Locker era at Washington. The Dawgs will start the season three time zones away in a cavernous dome stadium. Here is how the staff feels it will go.

Chris Fetters, Editor.

This is a hard one to figure, because Syracuse will make things life incredibly tough on Washington's offense, but I don't see any reason to believe the Orange are going to put up a ton of points on their end either. If I could pick a 3-0 score I would, but I'm sure there's going to be more scoring than that. I just don't see it being a real wide-open game. Clearly the main question mark will be Jake Locker, and just how quickly it takes him to get back on that horse. If he comes out just like he's capable of, it could be a long night for the Orange, but if he struggles right out of the gate, throws a pick or coughs it up early - that could turn the tide in a way where the Huskies can't get it back. I do think the Huskies' defense will hold the fort, and Locker will be responsible for 1-2 big plays that spell the difference.

Prediction: Washington 14, Syracuse 10
Derek Johnson, Columnist.

It was in 1977, upon a muddy field in upstate New York, that the Orangemen beat the Huskies on a last-second field goal. Thirty years later, the two teams square off again. While I can't say that I'm overly optimistic about Washington's prospects this season, I can't wait to see what kind of presence "sophomore" quarterback Jake Locker possesses in a real game. Coupled with Syracuse having a struggling offensive line and breaking in a new QB too, leads me to make the annual Opening Day homer pick and select the Dawgs by a field goal.

Prediction: Washington 27, Syracuse 24
Scott Eklund, Recruiting and Beat Writer.

Both of these teams are going to be enigmas as the season gets underway. What do we know about them? Not a lot. The Huskies offensive hopes are based purely on the potential of an admittedly talented, yet very inexperienced quarterback and a very young offensive line. Their defense should be strong and if they can generate a pass-rush they can keep the pressure off a thin defensive backfield. Syracuse has injury troubles left and right and they have a young and inexperienced quarterback as well. Their best defender is DE Jameel McClain, but he can't do it all himself. If the Huskies can keep him off of Jake Locker's back the Dawgs should come out winners. The Huskies get the win, but it will be a tough, hard-fought victory.

Prediction: Washington 28, Syracuse 17
Pat Thrapp, Columnist.

Man have I been eager for this season to start. A Friday night game on ESPN none the less. Like most Husky fans I am expecting better results this year. The team appears to be ready for the challenge to. The march to a hopeful bowl game begins at Syracuse, and I say UW wins.

Prediction: Washington 26, Syracuse 20
David Samek, Publisher.

Syracuse is not a very good team. Washington has not been a very good team for the past few seasons, and they very much would like to use this game as a springboard to better days. Louis Rankin will go for over 100 yards and Jake Locker will play just fine. Not spectacularly, but he'll do enough to win this game, as will the defense.

Prediction: Washington 17, Syracuse 13
Kim Grinolds, Business Operations.

If, and that's a big if, Washington's kicking game is able to find some level of consistency, they should be able to beat Syracuse. It will be interesting to see how much impact moving kick offs back an additional 5 yards will have. Expect Jake to have a good game and also to look like a freshman. Expect Louis Rankin to rush for 100 plus. Expect the Washington secondary to get burned deep. And expect Washington to come away with the win.

Prediction: Washington 26, Syracuse 17
Joe Kaiser, Intern Emeritus.

Heading into a season where wins look tough to come by for the Huskies, Coach Willingham knows he needs this one. Look for the Huskies to come out trying to run the ball in the stuffy Carrier Dome, with Louis Rankin leading the way. The senior tailback from Stockton, Calif., will hit the century mark and find the end zone, and Montlake Jake will find Johnnie Kirton for his first collegiate touchdown pass. The Dawgs will tack on a defensive score and steal one in Syracuse to move to 1-0 on the young season.

Prediction: Washington 24, Syracuse 17
Race Bannon, Columnist.

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Prediction: Washington 17, Syracuse 13
Dick Baird, Columnist.

I will always believe that the Huskies are going to win, if you didn't figure that out yet. Yep, I'm a homer, but I also see this team a great deal and believe in them. That being said, I'll tell you that the Huskies' new offense will be too much for the Orange, and the Husky defense comes up with 3 turnovers, 1 for a score.

Prediction: Washington 34, Syracuse 17
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