There is no way the Huskies should lose this game. They are playing their home opening Pac-10 game against a Stanford team with no quarterback. Stanford is, well, STANFORD. Right? I mean, when has Washington ever been NOT expected to beat Stanford in Seattle? If Washington loses this game, I cannot believe that there will be much more than 35-40,000 people that will show up to another home game. Tyrone Willingham, if you cannot beat this Stanford team, you should not show up to coach the fifth game of the season at Washington in 2008. I'm dead serious. A loss to Stanford at home and an 0-4 record should be enough to show Scott Woodward that your job here is done. That being said, I believe the team will play for Willingham's job and fight for him to stick around...for a little while longer anyway. Locker runs for a score, throws for two, and David Freeman goes for over 100 yards. And the Husky defense holds the Cardinal running game in check. But GOD, when was the last time you saw the Huskies actually look like they were having fun when playing football? I am so sick of this. Please guys, have fun!! Play with excitement and enjoy yourselves. We miss you guys.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 27 - STANFORD 17
If there has ever been a "must win" game for Tyrone Willingham, this is probably it. Washington cannot lose to Stanford at home. It can't happen. If it does, there is no way this coaching staff can survive. What's even more worrisome is how many people (or lack thereof) will be in the stands Saturday night. A half full stadium, even with a win, could send a strong message to those spearheading the drive for the stadium renovation. I'm not excited about this game so I can only imagine how fans are feeling. What about the game? Washington will pull it out, but it won't be pretty.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 24 - STANFORD 13
A little torn here. Granted, it looks like UW could turn Stanford into a real one-dimensional team if they limit Toby Gerhart like Arizona State and TCU were able to do. The one constant? Those games were on the road. But the real question is - will UW slow anybody down? They've allowed teams to win the battle of third down at nearly a 68 percent clip and have given up an average of 520 yards per game. It's also hard to ignore that the three offenses Washington has played are all in the top-13 statistically in D1 football and they've played eight other games combined, so they weren't just feasting on the Dawgs. If Washington expects to have any shot at turning this sucker around it has to start Saturday.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 28 - STANFORD 24
Since Washington has started 0-3, like many thought, now we get to see where this team is truly at. The Dawgs were completely outclassed by Oklahoma and Oregon and BYU simply knows how to win tough games. With teams like Stanford, Arizona and Oregon State over the next few weeks, the Huskies need to get some wins and what better way to start than with a win over the improved, but still very beatable Cardinal at home? Jake Locker and the now-graduated Louis Rankin ran up and down on Stanford last year down in Palo Alto and that is likely to be the gameplan this year, with David Freeman, Brandon Johnson and Willie Griffin taking the reigns at the running back position. Washington should win this one easily, but I bet it ends up closer than it should be.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 27 - STANFORD 21
You already know what I'm going to say, so you can just move on if you wish. But I did go in and watch film on Wednesday night, and I do feel confident that the Huskies will win this one. I have seen every team in action that is left on the Huskies schedule, and Washington should be competitive with every team, USC included, who looked to be head and shoulders better than anyone else before last night's loss in Corvallis. That being said, Washington wins on Saturday. The defense gets two crucial turnovers and the special teams create a score on a return.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 20 - STANFORD 14
I watched Stanford beat Oregon St in week one. What I remember most was some good defense by Oregon St. That fact alone worries me for Saturday's game. I think we can win. I am just not sure how they will do it. I don't know what to expect from this team anymore. As the losses mount it is hard to find the points that demonstrate this Husky team will win. So now I am relying on gut instincts and feelings. Which is probably bias towards the Dawgs. A good thing though. So off the soap box I get and predict...
Prediction: WASHINGTON 20 - STANFORD 17
The fear is that UW will look at the Stanford-San Jose State film, see that the Spartan QB completed 21 of 23 passes, and decide the have Locker throw the ball 35 times this Saturday against the Cardinal. Barring that scenario, and assuming the Husky defense can contain the Stanford running game, it should equate to the Huskies winning their first game of the year. Look for Locker to rush for 130 yards and 2-3 touchdowns.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 27 - STANFORD 24
Washington needs a win badly and Stanford should be a team to give it to them. Coach Willingham has never started 0-4 and that streak will continue into another season. The team speed and talent of the Huskies is still superior to a rapidly improving Jim Harbaugh program. Jake Locker put the team on his shoulders last season in Palo Alto and there is no reason to think this year will be any different. With the drops and over throws killing the passing game, a massive ground attack will pave the way to victory for Dawgs and Ty Willingham's program.
Prediction: WASHINGTON 31 - STANFORD 17