Dawgs gone wild
With the 2012 NCAA football season just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at some serious predictions for the upcoming season.
I call them serious, some call them fearless, others will call them just plain asinine, but whatever the case, this years Washington Huskies football team is going to make some noise in the Pac-12.
With a completely retooled defensive scheme, the Huskies should look a lot better on the opposite side of the ball this year, plus, they do have perhaps the nations top QB, the man who went toe to toe with RGIII last year and nearly won, Keith Price.
The Huskies go into some pretty hostile environments this year; LSU, Oregon, Cal, and of course Pullman, but I think we have the team this year to battle Oregon for the Pac-12 North Title.
Portland State, Home. Big win shut out
I really do believe that the Huskies will blank the Vikings by a score of 56-0.
Yes that’s right, I think that our defense will post a shut out. It will be the only one of the year, but with the offense playing on all cylinders like they should be, this game will be a walk in the park for the Dawgs.
Not taking anything for granted will be a test for this team, but in true Huskies fashion, non-conference games against lower division schools are games that we will win, and win big!
LSU, Away. Bayou Ballin’
In the Dawgs first trip away from Seattle, they face some pretty stiff competition.
The LSU Tigers have been one of the darlings of the BCS in the past decade, and coming out of the SEC, the supposed best conference in college football, they have fierce competition week in and week out.
The Huskies are no slouch though, and I see this as the first opportunity to showcase how explosive this offense can really be.
I think this will be an old fashion college football style shoot out, kind of like the game against Baylor last year, but with our new and improved defense, I think we win it 45-41.
USC, Home. USC you later
USC has the best talent in the country at their disposal every year, and with that comes great expectations. But one thing they do n0t have is the determination of the underdog.
The Huskies do.
They have played the Trojans pretty well in recent years, and with coach Sark most likely wanting to pull out all the stops for his former employer, the Huskies have a damn good shot at taking this game.
I don’t think it will be quite the shoot out as the LSU game is, but I do think we take this on our makeshift home field at CenturyLink Field.
Remember, the Trojans are still coming off of their suspension from the Pete Carroll incidents, so they don’t have all of the talent that they had prior to the suspensions.
But they still do have Matt Barkley, and he alone will be a hand full for the Huskies defense.
My take, Huskies 34- Trojans 27.
Washington State, Away. Apples for everyone.
Not so much a fearless prediction as a welcoming party for Mike Leach.
The Cougars are trying to get rid of their reputation of being the door mat of the Pac-12, but Leach’s debut in the in-state classic will be foiled by the Huskies by a score of 21-17.
Yes, a close one. The Cougs will be a better team than those of the past, and the Apple Cup always brings out the best in them.
Keith Price wins Heisman
Now hold up a second before you all start to berate me.
This isn’t as far fetched as it may seem. Gone is RGIII, gone is Kellen Moore, and gone is Andrew Luck. This leaves Keith Price as one of the biggest names returning to his team this year.
If the Huskies go 8-4 like I’m predicting they will, they will be in the hunt for a major bowl game, possibly a BCS bowl game, even the Rose Bowl depending on Oregon and if they can run the table this year.
A major bowl, wins at LSU, and against USC, and maybe Stanford or Cal, and this team gets national attention. Teams with national attention garner players who win trophies.
Thus, my prediction of Price winning the Heisman Trophy.
All this without even tallying any stats for the man. Just plain old situational predicting. The only way to go if you ask me.