Last week was a must win for the Huskies and they were able to make a very impressive showing. Granted it was against a terrible Stanford team that was depleted due to injury, but the Huskies did what they had to do. Now they need to win another Pac-10 road game against another ailing foe. OSU is ripe for the plucking. They are starting a non-Pac 10 caliber QB who throws ill-advised passes. Can the Huskies make him pay for them and pull off another upset? I believe they will, behind the amazing Jake Locker carrying the offense and the defense exploiting the Beaver OL as USC did last week. Dawgs win another must win against a very beatable and fading OSU team.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 23 - OREGON STATE 14
The Oregon State defense scares me. I just can't see Washington able to sustain long drives against it. Jake will have a few big plays but at the end of the day, it won't be good enough. Rankin will be held in check and the air game won't be enough to overcome the OSU ground game in bad weather.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 17 - OREGON STATE 28
Well, the Huskies finished the deal against a team they should have, so now it's time to take that next step. They need to beat a team they weren't supposed to - and especially someone in-conference. They have to, in order to keep their bowl hopes alive, so it's imperative that both the offensive and defensive lines step up in a huge way. I think they are really full of confidence, and the gold jerseys of Ryan Tolar, Cody Habben, Greyson Gunheim and Jordan Reffett attest to that. A lot of the game rests on the shoulders of OSU RB Yvenson Bernard and how well he'll be able to run. If Washington can bottle him up and force Lyle Moevao to pass, that's the ideal scenario. Either way, the Huskies have to finish on the road, and this game will be the ultimate test.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 31 - OREGON STATE 28
Washington's running game and the entire offense in general have been solid the past few weeks, but this week's test against the Beavers' defense will be their toughest one since the USC game. OSU's defense is fast and very physical and they'll hold Washington's running game in check most of the day so it will be up to Jake Locker to get the offense moving. I think the Dawgs keep it close on the road, but I just don't see them having enough to pull this one out.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 24 - OREGON STATE 27
I expect this game to be an absolute slugfest. Washington will be ready for it this year, and will slam the reserve Beaver QB enough to where he will make mistakes a plenty. The game will be won by the Huskies as they kill an OSU defense for 300 yards rushing behind Jake's wizardry. That kid won't be stopped and OSU has not seen anyone like him. The Beavs will pile up 200 on the ground but Bernard will be outrushed by Rankin. Locker steals the show with a 70-yard dash for a TD, his second on the day. Huskies get big field goal as well from Perkins, and the maligned defense recovers a fumble and scores to cap it off.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 24 - OREGON STATE 20
Race Bannon gave us a special Stanford Victory edition to post on Dawgman.com this week. In that piece you'll find his analysis of the game. Sort of. Click Here to read Race's satirical read on the Huskies' road trip down to Corvallis.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 22 - OREGON STATE 19
This is a game that begs for a good passing attack. OSU is close to the bottom of the NCAA in pass defense. Otherwise they have a damn good defense. Out of the top 100 D1 players for Sacks, 3 are from OSU! Although I do think our offense is capable of moving the ball against the Beavers. The real question is will the UW defense be able to put Jake on the field enough to work his magic? Bernard is due back. I think the DAWGs might have their hands full on defense, and the offensive line could have a busy day. A win this Saturday against Oregon State would show me that this Husky team is improving. I feel the Huskies are capable of winning this game. So on that note. I will stick my nose out and call for a close quality win on the road by the Huskies!
Prediction: WASHINGTON 33 - OREGON STATE 31
Two mediocre teams puddling around in the driving rains of Corvallis circa 7:15 PM - how thrilling! One would think that we're going to see a whole lot of handing off – and maybe a whole lot of rumbling, bumbling, stumbling, fumbling … Actually, Yvenson Bernard is probably my favorite non-Husky PAC-10 player, so it's good that he'll be up for entertaining us. If a UW kickoff goes out of bounds, I would venture that OSU won't taking it at the 35, preferring a re-kick. Well, there won't be any kickoffs needed in OT – just a wide-right FG miss that allows the Beavers to hang on. Keep those galoshes handy, and don't be afraid to help yourself to some punch and cookies …
Prediction: WASHINGTON 23 - OREGON STATE 26 (OT)
As good as the offense has looked, as brilliantly as Jake Locker has progressed, as improved as Louis Rankin has been running the football, there is no getting around the fact that Oregon State will punish the Huskies on both sides of the football. Unless the Beavs self-destruct via turnovers and a ration of bonehead penalties, a solid victory is at hand for Oregon State.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 23 - OREGON STATE 34
Last week's win over Stanford actually surprised me, but I'm here to tell you that Stanford team was terrible. Mike Riley's Oregon State Beavers aren't just a team, they are a program, and Riley will have them ready for the Dawgs in Corvallis. Running the ball won't be nearly as easy against the Beavers, and in recent years the Huskies haven't played well at Oregon State. Look for Jake Locker to run for 80 yards and two scores, but for the Beavers to key in on Louis Rankin and limit him all day long. A win over Stanford doesn't have me believing this ship is even closed to turned around. With no Husky pass rush, the Beavers are going to have a field day offensively, and it won't be pretty by the time the game is over.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 24 - OREGON STATE 38
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