So the bye week is past us. The Washington Huskies (7-3, 5-2) are back at Husky Stadium Saturday at 1:30 pm to tangle with the Oregon State Beavers (2-8, 1-6).
The Beavers’ first-year head coach is Jonathan Smith, Washington’s old offensive coordinator. What tricks does Smith have up his sleeve? And what can he tell the OSU defensive staff about Huskies Quarterback Jake Browning?
The same holds true for UW. They know how Smith operates, and now they have 10 games’ worth of film of his OSU offense that has been blended with that of former Colorado Offensive Coordinator Brian Lindgren. And when it comes to Browning, the Huskies should still be able to move the ball. In OSU’s lone Pac-12 win, they surrendered 34 points and 536 total yards.
So does Washington, fresh off their bye week, get back to their normal selves? Or does Oregon State pull the biggest series shocker since 1985?
Our takes are below. Who do you think will win?
John Anderson – UW Placekicking Legend (7-3)
Before I give my prediction I would like to thank this class of seniors as they were the foundation that brought Husky football back into the spotlight after 10 plus years of mediocrity. All Husky fans should be extra grateful to this class for what they have done for all of us. Enjoy that last entrance to the greatest setting in college football. You’ll never forget it!
On to OSU. I think this team will come out rested and fired up. Jake Browning will be inspired and make a few big plays early and spend the rest of the game handing the ball off and then watching from the sidelines. OSU will make one or two nice plays on offense but for the most part will be overmatched and undermanned.
Prediction: Washington 42-13
Patrick Thrapp – Numbers Guru (8-2)
I have a feeling I will see a lot of Husky offense this Saturday. I heard Myles Gaskin is back to normal. I don’t think the Beavers will be able to put much of a roadblock in front of this Husky offense. On the other side of the line of scrimmage, Oregon State has a decent rushing attack. Jermar Jefferson may eclipse the 2008 freshman rushing mark held by Jacquizz Rodgers. They have good offensive numbers. That said, I believe a lot of UW players will see the field this weekend.
PREDICTION: Washington 35-17
Jay Torrell – Sports Washington/Dawgman Alum (7-3)
I really hope that Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin and other spotlight seniors get taken out of the game up by 40 early in the 4th quarter to much deserved ovations. This senior class has helped bring this team back to the top and even though this year hasn’t gone as expected they deserve to be treated like future Husky Hall of Famers. Seniors go out in style.
PREDICTION: Washington 47-13
Luke Mounger – Intern Extraordinaire (7-3)
The Beavs can score a bit, scoring 27.5 points per game, but they have been gashed defensively all year. No team has scored fewer than 34 points on Oregon State this season. The Huskies have the benefit of coming off a bye week and will have as healthy of a squad as they’ve had all year ready to take on the Beavers. Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin, and the rest of the seniors on Washington’s roster make their last game in Montlake one to remember.
PREDICTION: Washington 45-13
Chris Fetters – Editor (8-2)
This game is going to be all about Washington’s offense coming back to life. They showed signed in the first 18 minutes of their win against Stanford, and Oregon State isn’t Stanford. It will be a fitting way for Jake Browning, Myles Gaskin, Drew Sample and Kaleb McGary to finish their final game at Husky Stadium. Defensively for UW, the Beavers can run the ball and Jake Luton certainly has a rifle for an arm, but can he get it to anyone? I think OSU starts to make some things happen on the offensive side of the ball, but the game will be well out of reach by then.
PREDICTION: Washington 52-16
Scott Eklund – Recruiting Editor (7-3)
I’ve said it a couple of times this week, but I keep seeing 1985 in my head, so I don’t want to get too far out over my skis on the one. However, that being said, Washington should walk away with this one and be playing backups in the second half. I don’t think UW covers the spread (currently at 33 points), but I think they get a relatively easy win.
PREDICTION: Washington 38-13
Kim Grinolds – CEO (7-3)
Washington comes off a bye week, which will allow a lot of healing. Add fresh legs to the mix. UW will start out fast and will coast in the second half. Turnovers and special teams will be big.
PREDICTION: Washington 51-10