And now they count. Washington ushers in Pac-12 conference play with the hosting of Arizona, the…
Kim Grinolds – CEO: I'm having a real tough time getting my head around this game. Concerns about UW's DL's ability to hold up against Stanford's OL. The LB's will need to play lights out. I have concerns about UW's OL's ability to handle Stanford's DL. If UW is going to win, they need to step up and play their best game of the season. Keith needs to be perfect and the playmakers need to have big games. This won't be easy and I'm still struggling with this one, but I can't predict a tie.….
Prediction: Stanford 24, Washington 23
Chris Fetters – Editor In Chief: There's certainly a different feeling around Montlake these days…just an aura of quiet confidence. But the Huskies are going up against a seasoned Stanford team that is equally as confident and has the game to back that confidence up. Not that Washington doesn't, but going on the road and beating a top-5 team is a tough task for any team, even for a top-15 team like UW. Two years ago they got embarrassed at The Farm, getting hung with a 65 spot around their necks. This UW team is so far removed from that drubbing it's almost hard to comprehend, yet it's an albatross they still carry when it comes to the program's national perception. They are getting better, but have they advanced to the point where they can avenge that loss? For Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies to truly move forward as a year-in and year-out Pac-12 Championship contender they have to show that they can hang with the Cardinal for the full 60 - and they should. There's nothing that leads me to believe this team isn't capable of pulling an upset here, but frankly I just don't have the balls to call for it. Stanford is just too good and too disciplined and too well-coached to let a potential National Championship opportunity slip by their grasp at home. If this was at Husky Stadium, different story - that's how close I think this game should be.
Prediction: Stanford 24, Washington 20
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor: If there were ever a game that UW needed their fifth-year senior QB Keith Price to shine, it is this one! Price must play flawlessly and the offensive line must give him some time against a very good Stanford defensive line. I'm not too worried about UW defending the Cardinal offense, although they will score some points. This one will be close to the end, but until UW wins a game on the road vs. a ranked team, color me skeptical that they can get it done.
Prediction: Stanford 31, Washington 21
Jay Torrell – Sports Washington Creative Director: Boise State 46. Illinois 22. Arizona 31. Those are the number of points that the Huskies have held their opponents (minus ISU) below their season averages. The Husky defense hasn't gotten NEARLY enough credit for what they've done on the field. While the offense is still finding its second gear the defense has been spectacular all season long. This game is going to come down to which team's defense can create the best opportunities for the offense to score via field position and turnovers. If Wilcox can dial up a defense that even slows the Cardinal juggernaut I think Sark can figure out how to get some points on the board. ASJ plays like an All-American, Sankey grinds out 100, Price plays within himself, special teams is special and the defense makes Stanford work for every yard, but...beating the #5 team in the country on the road under the national spotlight is just too much for the Dawgs. Stanford in a heartbreaker.
Prediction: Stanford 27, Washington 24
Patrick Thrapp - Statistics Coordinator: In my eyes this is a bell weather game. It will tell me a lot as to where we sit in the world of college football. Stanford has been knocking Pac opponents around with no mercy. Although when I did the match up page. I was pleasantly surprised to find we were the better team stat-wise for the most part. The competition we both have played isn't all that far apart. So my hope has risen since the beginning of the week. I have to agree with Fetters, as he said Wednesday night on the show. The game will be decided with their offense and our defense. I am pretty confident we can score. Just not enough in my pessimistic mind. If we have a chance to pull it off & stay close then I won't be suicidal. Just disappointed.
Prediction: Stanford 37, Washington 31
Andrew Dore - Intern: The Huskies come in this week at about a touchdown underdog. I see this being a tough matchup for the Dawgs. For one, Kevin Hogan actually has the ability to throw the ball downfield unlike Josh Nunes last year. Stanford won't be so one dimensional as they were. On top of that, they have home field advantage. I see both offenses playing much better in this year's face off due to the improved quarterback play of each team. When it comes down to giving a final score prediction, I am not confident that the Huskies can pull this one out down at the Farm.
Prediction: Stanford 31, Washington 27
Marshall Cherrington – Intern: I'm going for it. I really think Washington will upset the Cardinal down in Palo Alto. The biggest factor in my decision was the Huskies defense. I can see Justin Wilcox and his faithful defenders completely shutting down the Cardinal offense. The linebacker's matchup well with the Stanford backs and I think the Washington secondary matches up even better with the Stanford wide outs. I think WR Ty Montgomery and TE Devon Cajuste will be shut down by Shaq Thompson, Sean Parker and Co. The offense will have to step up if the Huskies want to finish the win off though, and I think they will be able to do that against a tough Stanford secondary that boasts Ed Reynolds and Jordan Richards. Offensive production will have to come through the air though as I don't see Bishop Sankey rushing for many yards against arguably the best front seven in college football. It will be a tall task, but I think the Huskies will be up to it. I see the game as being a defensive battle with Washington coming out on top.
Prediction: Washington 20, Stanford 17
David Samek – The Dawgman: Washington is facing a definite top 5 elite team on Saturday night. That means that the margin for error will be next to zero, if not absolute zero. Can the Huskies avoid costly turnovers on the road? Can they eliminate the distractions that will surround them away from the friendly confines of Husky Stadium? I see definite improvement on the coaching staff, in that the halftime adjustments have been spot on through four weeks, the defense looks extremely organized and on most plays lined up correctly, and on offense the simplified play-calling has been fun to watch as has been the offensive line's performance. The penalties in week four were down, and they have to be even further down on Saturday. Stanford is a team that will have success running the football and throwing over the top if the Huskies crowd the box. Washington will hang with the Cardinal because Bishop Sankey is such a stud and this Husky defense won't panic when they get hit hard. However, depth and strength in the trenches will more than offset the Husky hurry-up no-huddle, a costly Husky turnover will lead to unexpected points in a crucial time, and the Cardinal will win it in the fourth quarter in a close one.
Prediction: Stanford 31, Washington 27