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Kim Grinolds – CEO: This will come down to the battle of the QB's. Keith Price needs to have an outstanding game in order for UW to pull it off. The Defense needs to contain Brett Hundley in the pocket. They can't let him escape containment for big runs. As important as Keith is, it will come down to arguably the MVP this year.............Travis Coons as time expires.....
Prediction: Washington 31, UCLA 28
Chris Fetters – Editor In Chief: Statistically these teams are about as evenly matched as it gets, but for whatever reason the road factor seems to be a major stumbling block for Washington, and has been for some time. After a while you wonder if they'll ever get over the hump. Steve Sarkisian has one real big road win on his Husky resume - at USC three years ago - and he really needs to get another one Friday night to keep the detractors at bay. But IMHO it's not going to happen, and in fact while the numbers suggest a tough, close-scoring slugfest - I see something different. I don't see UW's offense handling UCLA's front seven very well and the Huskies' defense will be on the field a lot more as a result. It's not going to be the disaster ASU was, but it's not going to feel that much different to those fans looking for a sign Sark has maneuvered beyond his 7-win cul-de-sac either.
Prediction: UCLA 35, Washington 17
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor: I have gone back and forth on this one. On one hand, I see UW and how important this game is. On the other, I see UCLA and how talented and important this game is for them. UW hasn't beaten UCLA in the Rose Bowl since 1995 and that includes some pretty good Husky teams. My fear is that the Dawgs will be tight heading into this game. Make no mistake, UW has the talent to win this game, but we just haven't seen them get it done in a big game on the road yet. They had their chance vs. Arizona State and fell flat on their faces. Will it happen again? Until they prove otherwise, I just can't see a win coming their way.
Prediction: UCLA 30, Washington 21
Jay Torrell – Sports Washington Creative Director: Dang it, I'm starting to believe that this is a pretty good team again. I'm starting to justify that what happened to the Dawgs in the desert would have happened to any other Pac-12 team after going toe-to-toe with two top 5 quality opponents. Please name any team outside of the top 15 that would have won one of those 3 games? Just like a win is a win (see the Seahawks), a loss is a loss if it's by 1 or 40. So that being said, I like the Dawgs against the Fighting Mora's. Sankey should be able to exploit a very average run defense and Bellevue's own Myles Jack won't be catching us by surprise. Only thing that holds me back is that the Dawgs JUST DON'T WIN AT UCLA. But, what the heck...
Prediction: Washington 34, UCLA 27
Pat Thrapp – Statistics Coordinator: If this game were at home. I would expect us to win. We own all the stats except scoring and turnovers. We have more players in more top 50 statistical categories then UCLA. Yet we are a different team on the road, and I don't mean that in a good way. We are not alone in this distinction either. Just look at Oregon & ASU this last week. Even though ASU won by a point. They weren't the world beaters we faced. A win Friday, I think, would go a long ways in solidifying this team's confidence. Something this team needs to finish out the season on a high note.
Prediction: Washington 27, UCLA 24
Marshall Cherrington – Intern: This is a real tough one to predict. The Bruins are already back up to number 13 in the nation after it seemed like just last week that they were ranked in the twenties. This inconsistency in the rankings basically tells the story of what the team has looked like on the field this year. At times, the Bruins have looked like a top ten team in America, but at other times, it's hard to see why they are even ranked. The same can be said for the Huskies though. All was well until the nightmare in Tempe. Brett Hundley is the obvious threat on this UCLA team and I think the Huskies will be able to contain him on the ground. It will be important to force him to throw this year because that's where he has been inconsistent. Force him to drop back, and I think the Huskies will force at least two turnovers. Let him run, and I don't see many turnovers happening. The Husky defensive lineman have talked about creating a "cage" around mobile quarterbacks ever since the start of the year. They did well with Southwick and Denker, but failed to with Mariota and Kelly. Will they be able to do it with Hundley? I think they will be able to and I see the Dawgs squeaking by in the end.
Prediction: Washington 31, UCLA 27
Andrew Dore – Intern: The Huskies easily beat Colorado last week and now comes the real test at the end of schedule. UCLA looked vulnerable last week on the road at Arizona. It will be up to the Dawgs to figure out a way to slow down Hundley and the new addition to the backfield, Myles Jack. My key to the game is the offensive line. If they can open holes for Sankey and keep Price upright, I think the Huskies will be very tough to beat. At the end of the day, I'm worried with their ability to win on the road. So far, they've only beaten Illinois away from Husky Stadium. Right now, I just don't have the confidence in a road win. One last thing, I'm hoping the special teams are ready for kickoff.
Prediction: UCLA 28, Washington 24
David Samek – The Dawgman: The Bruins are 4-0 at the Rose Bowl this season, averaging 49.8 points in those games. Hundley has a quarterback rating of 171.36 at home, tops in the Pac-12. In 11 home starts Hundley has 23 touchdowns against just five interceptions. Even though UCLA will have three true freshman on their OL, Washington has struggled with pass rush. And even if they do collapse the pocket, Hundley just gets more dangerous as he scrambles. The Huskies just aren't ready to win a big game on the road yet. They probably should be, but they aren't. Hundley will run for over 100 yards and another big special teams collapse will combine with two Husky turnovers to send the Dawgs back home with yet another road loss.
Prediction: UCLA 38, Washington 23
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