SEATTLE - It seems almost ridiculous to say it, but somewhere along the way Washington's offense…
Patrick Thrapp – numbers guru:
Just a quick note on last week. For me there was a silver lining. We definitely have a running game. So I hope we use it a lot. It should take some pressure of Price. Next we need to make turnovers we get count. We have to convert those into points. Last we need to mature in the area of penalties & mistakes that cause turnovers. We can't give up the ball to these good teams, and expect to win. Bottom line - pound the ball on the ground, limit turnovers, and play stout defense.
Prediction: Washington 24, USC 35
Andrew Dore – Dawgman.com intern:
Saturday poses a great opportunity for the Huskies. The Huskies haven't lost at home so far this year and the home field advantage will be a huge factor. I think the game will be close from start to finish. The offensive line is much improved since being depleted by injuries, Bishop Sankey is running hard, and Keith Price will return to top form sooner than later. The Husky defense will have their hands full trying to stop Matt Barkley with big time targets like Marquise Lee and Robert Woods. I think UW bounces back from the loss at Oregon and gets through the first half of the season, an impressive 4-2.
Prediction: Washington 20, USC 17
Molly Waldron - Dawgman Intern Emeritus:
The Huskies have another formidable opponent this week in USC, but this time they have the home crowd on their side. That's proven to be a powerful advantage for the Dawgs. If Keith Price can bounce back from a tough week and Sankey can continue his momentum, the Huskies will stay competitive. But between bowl game dreams and Heisman hopes, USC has a lot riding on a decisive win and I predict they'll come out on top.
Prediction: USC 30, Washington 21
Jay Torrell – Scout.com Creative Print Director:
Will the real Huskies please stand up? Are they the puppies that rolled over in Eugene and Baton Rouge? Or the snarling Dawgs of SODO who went toe to toe with the Cardinal? I'd like to say the later because name one team outside of Alabama (or maybe South Carolina) that could win at Oregon and LSU. I'm not even sure this game will give us an accurate read on what they can be because SC has Top 5 talent (and we haven't fared well against Top 5 talent.) The offense must hold onto the ball and get points on the board when it gets into the red zone. The defense must limit the big plays and make the Trojans work for every point. The more times USC is forced to snap the ball, the more times it gives the Huskies to make a game changing turnover. Price needs to find his groove for the Huskies to even have a chance. The weather could be ugly, hoping the score isn't. But not going into this one with optimism.
Prediction: USC 24, UW 17
Scott Eklund – Dawgman.com Recruiting guru:
Washington returns home and is still licking its wounds after a 52-21 pounding at the hands of Oregon last weekend. Washington is now 3-2 and their only two losses have been to the #2 teams in the country (LSU at the time and now Oregon). This week they will be at home and facing #11 USC. That tells me they should play well and have a great chance of winning. If the Huskies can fluster Matt Barkley, they have a great chance of keeping the score down and I have to believe the crowd will be into this one enough to give the offense a boost as well. Washington gets to 4-2 with a big win over the Trojans.
Prediction: Washington 24, USC 20
Chris Fetters: Dawgman.com Editor-In-Chief:
I want very badly to pick UW in this game because it sets up well for them; they are coming back home to what is looking like a near sold-out crowd, the defense is still jelling and finding ways to make plays and I think the Huskies can win the battle of special teams. But the offense isn't up to scratch yet, and as much as the players and coaches have rallied around Keith Price this week I don't think they'll have the firepower to fend off USC. This game sets up a lot like the Stanford game, but two big factors fall in the Trojans' favor; Matt Barkley is not Josh Nunes, and they just came off a road game where they suffered some early reversals that could have killed off a lot of teams but they rolled with the punches and kept coming back with a vengeance. Barkley has never experienced a UW crowd before and I expect them to make it tough for him for a while. But just like they did against Utah, I think the Trojans rely on their balanced offensive attack and ungodly athletes on defense to make Price's day another one he'll want to forget.
Prediction: USC 31, Washington 10
Kim Grinolds: Dawgman.com Business Operations:
Washington has shown that they can beat USC. More than once. lane and Sark know each other like brothers so it should be an interesting chess match. USC has the best talent in the conference. They aren't deep, but their starters are among the best in the country. If Washington is to win, the weather and crowd need to be factors. rain is expected and there's no excuse for the crowd to be arriving late as they did for Stanford. At the end of the day, UW just doesn't have the talent of a team like USC, which is the difference.
Prediction: USC 23, UW 21
David R. Samek – Dawgman:
Well, I hated being as correct as I was on the game last week, so I'm hoping that this week I will be extremely happy with my pick. I am picking the Huskies to rebound from yet another horrible road performance and bounce the Trojans. The defense is playing well enough, now it's time for #17 for the Dawgs to return to form. Price needs to trust what he sees and needs to throw more to guys other than Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Look for Cody Bruns and Kendyl Taylor to both have big catches as the Huskies upset the Trojans yet again.
Prediction: Washington 27, USC 23