After perhaps their most important victory of the year, an ugly sloppy but gritty win on the road at Cal, the Huskies look to run their streak to three wins in a row against a Utah team that has been playing better. Here is what the staff thinks will happen Saturday night.
Patrick Thrapp – numbers guru:
Well if I am going to be wrong. I is nice to be wrong when the Huskies win. Especially when it is on the road. Now this team is at home for the final time this year. Last game at Century Link. Utah is going to bring in a pretty good defense. At the beginning of the season they were looking pretty decent, but then the long and rigorous Pac-12 schedule hit them. If anything our resilience should help. This team may not run on all cylinders all the time, but they never die. They just keep chugging along. They come to play the full game. It isn't always pretty, but at the end, all we are concerned about is the W.
Prediction: Washington 24, Utah 17
Andrew Dore – Dawgman.com intern:
The Huskies have only lost 1 game at home this year despite being underdogs twice. The Huskies are a completely different team at home than they are on the road. Senior night should give the team even further inspiration as players like Trufant, Glenn, and Schaefer will make their last home appearances. I’m expecting the Husky offense to grind out yards on the ground making sure Bishop Sankey has at least 20 carries. The Huskies need to demonstrate better ball security than they did last week against California. I’m looking forward to watching this Husky defense at home for the final time at Century Link this year.
Prediction: Washington 27, Utah 17
Molly Waldron – former Dawgman.com intern:
Oddsmakers are predicting a close game between Utah and Washington on Saturday, with Utah favored by one point against the Huskies at last check. Realistically, the Huskies should have this one in the bag. CenturyLink has proven to give the Huskies a solid home field advantage all season, and this game should be no different. Despite an improving Utah team coming off a win against WSU and Cal, I see this one going the Dawgs' way.
Prediction: Washington 21, Utah 13
Jay Torrell – Scout.com Creative Print Director:
I like the Dawgs this weekend. The Huskies are a different animal in Seattle
and I think Utah has gotten fat with 2 easy games at home against Cal and
WSU. Washington is due for a complete game on offense and I think Utah has
shown no ability to win on the road (0-4). No team has scored more than 17
points on offense in Seattle this year (USC scored on a blocked punt to get
to 24) and Utah hasn't scored more than 20 points on the road. Take the
Dawgs straight up.
Prediction: Washington 27, Utah 17
Scott Eklund – Dawgman.com Recruiting guru:
This one is a pretty easy decision for me. UW is playing at home. They are facing a true freshman QB who hasn't played well on the road. They are a facing a good, but not great defense. They should be able to grind out some yards on the ground and get another tough, hard-fought win and get bowl-eligible for the third-straight season.
Prediction: Washington 24, Utah 20
Chris Fetters: Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief:
I'm starting to get a good feeling about this team - for a few reasons. One, they're past the true gauntlet of their schedule, which means winnable games. Secondly, they've hit upon a formula for how to win - even if it's winning ugly. Third, their toughest remaining test is this weekend, and it's at home. Eliminate the mistakes, don't allow the big play and take what's given seems to me to be a winning formula for a late-Saturday night game. Black Out, no Black Out - I don't think it matters. The team wants to send this hardened senior class out the way they should go out - with a win. A Steve Sarkisian UW team has never lost on Senior Night, and I don't think they'll trip up against a game Utah team. It'll be a slugfest, it'll be ugly - but as usual it'll be turnovers and special teams that decide it.
Prediction: Washington 20, Utah 14
Kim Grinolds: Dawgman.com Business Operations:
Another night game with temperatures expected in the low 30's. It'll definitely be football weather Saturday night in The Clink. At least with Utah and Washington both concentrating on the running game, it won't be a four-hour game. Winning ugly is still winning, and Washington will do just that.
Prediction: Washington 24, Utah Thursday
David R. Samek – Dawgman:
Three in a row would be a definite step in the right direction. If the Huskies could follow up their tough win against OSU and that effective road win in Berkeley with another win against a resurgent Utah, this season could very well be a big positive. Keith Price still looks lost when he has to throw down field, but with the emergence of Bishop Sankey at tailback and Dexter Charles at weak guard, things are looking up. Austin Seferian-Jenkins is nearly unstoppable and Kasen Williams looks more confident. As long as Washington can find an answer for Utah’s devastating nose tackle Star Lotulelei, a nearly unblockable mass inside. Washington can’t take him on directly or Drew Schaefer will get abused, but will need to use some traps and misdirections to get the Utah stud moving the wrong way. Still, the rushing attack will be crucial in a win for Washington. Bishop Sankey will get 100 tough yards and the Husky defense will be good enough to win a close one.
Prediction: Washington 17, Utah 13