Washington has to feel very good about themselves after pasting the Bears last weekend in Seattle. Tim Lappano committed to running the ball and the hapless Bears were more than willing to reach, clutch, and otherwise not get off of blocks. Louis Rankin and Brandon Johnson took full advantage. I expect the Huskies to do same against a WSU team that flat out didn't show up against OSU at home - on SENIOR day. Doba has lost his team, and the Huskies will bury them in the 100th Apple Cup.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 33 - WSU 17
The Apple Cup after Thanksgivving feels a little weird. The game is going to have the same feel - weird. A lot of WSU fans will be in attendance, but at least the Stadium will have a full feel to it. And that will be a nice change. One word of advice - don't blink, you might miss a score. It will be basketball on turf with the Huskies getting their fifth win of the season.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 42 - WSU 38
I'm predicting mayhem and riots in the streets...oh wait, that's my prediction for the Friday luncheon. But in all seriousness, this game should be won by the Huskies if it was just any other game, but in the Apple Cup records, momentum and all the rest can be thrown out the window. Right now you'd think Washington State would be reeling after getting smoked by Oregon State, but you could have said the same of UW last year after getting smoked by Stanford. However - like most games - this one should be won by the team that runs the ball the best, can stop the run, can play solid special teams and not turn the ball over. That team is going to be Washington.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 28 - WSU 17
Washington picked up some momentum last weekend with their big win over Cal and now they face off against cross-state rival Washington State who is reeling after a blowout loss at home to Oregon State. The past six years the Cougs have been the favorite in this game, but this year the Huskies return to familiar territory as the favorite. Will they wilt under the pressure? Doubtful. The Cougars have no answer for what Jake Locker brings to Washington's offense and the Husky defense appears to be picking up steam. Dawgs win this one going away.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 41 - WSU 20
Washington will once again commit to the run and the Washington State Cougars will not be able to stop Louis Rankin and Brandon Johnson. And with Jake Locker back in the mix, this Husky team will be firing at full power and confidence. Jake throws a TD, runs for a TD, and Rankin goes for over 100. Brink throws for a lot of yards but in the end it won't be enough.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 27 - WSU 23
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Prediction: WASHINGTON xx - WSU xx
After the way the DAWGs played against California. They should pound the COOGs into the FieldTurf. Will they though? It appears the offense can move the ball. Again will it be enough? I have to like our chances after last week. I am hoping a hungry UW team takes the field and starts putting a nice little win streak together.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 35 - WSU 25
Will this be Bill Doba's swan song? Will last week's running game resurface? Will Jake Locker fool the 70,000-odd fans by wearing a neck brace onto the field for warm-ups, then rip it off ala Hulk Hogan? Will the Huskies begin their pre-Hawaii tanning sessions on Saturday by tanning WSU? Like sand in the hourglass, these are the Days of Our Lives ...
Prediction: WASHINGTON 27 - WSU 18
In the 100th battle between the Cougs and Dawgs, it seems the advantages weigh in favor of Washington. With Locker back and the Cougs maligned in so many categories, it looks to be the Huskies by a touchdown.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 24 - WSU 17
Just when I think I have the Huskies figured out, they whip Cal. I better stick to my day job. But this week I feel more confident that the Dawgs will handle the Cougs. The home field advantage and the return of Jake Locker will be enough to carry Washington past their cross-state rival. Look for Locker to score five touchdowns--three rushing and two passing--and for Anthony Russo to have a big day in his last game at Husky Stadium. I just don't see the Cougs stopping the Locker-led offense.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 42 - WSU 24
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