Washington goes to the Islands to take on Hawaii for about the most important football game in the history of that school. Sounds like fun, no? Well, it could be if the Husky offense can play grind-it-out rushing attack on offense and keep the UH pass-happy attack on the sidelines. I also think that OC Tim Lappano will be able to take advantage of the blitzing Hawaii defense and burn them for some big plays up the middle. Do the Huskies have enough left in the tank after a horrifying loss at home to Washington State that produced perhaps the biggest coaching blunder of the Tyrone Willingham era? For some reason I think so. Hawaii chokes and the Huskies finish with five wins for 2007 - an underachievement but a big win nonetheless.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 31 - Hawaii 28
Washington is walking into a stadium that not only will be electric..........they sell beer. Remember Miami? Jake and company will be able to move the ball at times, but Colt Brennan is looking to take his team to a BCS game and win a Heisman. UW will be able to stay close early, but their D won't be able to handle the Warriors passing attack.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 17 - Hawaii 48
Regardless of how this season is going to be remembered, it should be noted that the 2007 Washington Huskies never quit, and were in every game they played in. They never got blown out, and I don't think Hawai'i will blow them out - simply for the fact that UW can score on the Warriors' defense. But don't think for a second the Huskies have what it takes to even slow down Hawai'i's run-and-shoot attack. They'll run, but they'll mostly be shooting - and they'll do it all day long. All you have to do is look at past precedent (Arizona and WSU) to understand that Washington just doesn't have the talent or the coaching to get it done in the crunch. I'd love be the first to say otherwise, but that would be ignoring the facts.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 35 - Hawaii 48
It's hard to imagine how many yards the Husky defense will give up to the high-powered Hawaii offense and Colt Brennan after what I witnessed last Saturday in the Apple Cup. It's also hard to imagine the Huskies winning this game. I think Locker and the offense will put up points, but it won't be enough in the end as the Hawaii punter probably won't step on the field.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 42 - Hawaii 60
Hawaii is going to throw for a ton of yards - let's face it. Our secondary will not stop the Hawaii passing attack after allowing nearly 400 yards from Alex Brink. However, the Husky rushing attack is going to be the difference as Louis Rankin gashes the Hawaii linebackers and secondary for 150 yards and Jake Locker gets the corner time after time and frustrates the home team. A key turnover, an interception, is the difference as the Huskies shock the Warriors in their final regular season game.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 28 - Hawaii 24
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Prediction: WASHINGTON xx - Hawaii xx
I know most of us fans are pretty disappointed in the way this season is ending up. A lot seem to think our DAWGs will give up boatloads of passing yards. All very plausible expectations. Yet I still hold out some hope that Locker & company can do a yeomen effort to keep Mr. Colt Brennen off the field as much as possible. I certainly feel the Huskies are capable of pulling off the victory. They have got to be able to run the ball though. I mean just pound it down the field. Wear them down, beat them up, just bloody there noses if at all possible. So with that I am going to call for a victory. I may be the one of the minority here, but I see an offense that can move the ball. Yeah I know I always say that. Why? Because I see almost 200 yards per game rushing the ball. Do what you do best and hope it transforms into a win.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 34 - Hawaii 33
Gee, ya think Hawaii is more interested in this game than Washington? That they feel the need to make some sort of statement on the telly before all the BCS drivel starts next week? That the Huskies can't wait for the game to end so they can study the Sunday bikinis of Waikiki? And what of our erstwhile reporting crew? Will they serve Mai Tais and juicy pineapples in the press box of Aloha Stadium? Washington has had basically four days to prepare for a quick-passing offense they've never seen, foreboding a loooooooooong day for a defense that leads the nation in dropped interceptions and is a stingy 98th in yards allowed and 94th in scoring defense. There could be cramps aplenty, both in fluids and brains. Carl Bonnell should get some PT - after all, he has a winning streak going. And if anyone should suddenly see Japanese warplanes overhead - duck. Mele Kalekemaka.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 26 - Hawaii 52
This has the makings of a close game. Hawai'i has so much riding on this one that it's uncertain how they will respond. Washington has nothing to play for and should be loose. In the end, a hostile crowd coupled with the Warriors' ability to amass completions against a beleaguered Husky secondary should prove the difference.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 33 - Hawaii 38
Hawaii's ridiculous passing attack led by quarterback Colt Brennan is going to make the Husky secondary look... you guessed it, ridiculous. With the Huskies reeling after falling in embarassing fashion in the Apple Cup, I sense disastrous results on the islands. Could this be Ty Willingham's last game at Washington? If this is the blowout I expect it to be, it very well could be.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 20 - Hawaii 56
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