It’s finally here. Without further ado, here are the Good Guy predictions for the battle royale at Husky Stadium tomorrow.
Eastern is no slouch, and I don’t think the Huskies will treat them as such. I believe Sark has the Huskies focused and prepared to play the Eagles at a high tempo and tons of emotion. I expect the Eagles to come out jacked and just as prepared, which I think will help the UW get “up” quicker than normal, especially when playing a perceived easy win. I honestly see the Huskies running the ball early, then working the middle of the field with ASJ. I expect Callier to get the bulk of the carries, even if Polk somehow plays or Fogerson. I’d be all for Callier getting a ton of carries. I think the Huskies WRs corps could be unstoppable, how EWU will combat that I have no idea. Defensively the Huskies will be fine, EWU hasn’t seen this level of talent in FCS. There won’t be a shutout, but I don’t expect EWU to move the ball at will. Early season game, lots of jitters, emotions, there will be crazy plays, blown assignments, timing will be off, and the Dawgs will win:
UW 31 – EWU 14
Even when Washington tries to schedule a cupcake for once, they fail. Eastern is no slouch, and if this were a week 2 game, or god forbid it was being played on the red turf, I’d be very nervous. But the Huskies are at home, and given that this is the first game, the players have had all offseason to think about the Eagles. Bo Levi Mitchell is a legit QB and he has a veteran group of receivers to throw to. I expect Eastern will move the offense through the air, and rack up decent passing totals between the 20s, but the Huskies are too deep, too talented, and too hungry to start 1-0. They can’t lose this game, and they won’t.
Washington–30, Ea. Washington–20
If you follow the Huskies at all, you know this week the theme by the coaches has been “1-0.” In fact, Sark has said that this was the theme since fall camp began. “1-0.” The Huskies haven’t started the season with a win since 2007, and if you remember that it wasn’t a feel good win. We’ve also heard all week about how good Eastern Washington is. It seems every person in the state has said, “Eastern is going to surprise on Saturday.” I have no doubt that Eastern is a very good football team that is in the FCS. But, they’re no match for the team they’ll face on Saturday. They don’t have as much depth, talent, and it will take a minor miracle for them to win this game. I’m sure the Dawgs are sick of hearing how Eastern is going to surprise them. I’m sure they’re sick of Eastern players saying, “The Huskies don’t respect us” or things to that extent even though no Husky player or coach has come close to saying that. It’s a Saturday on Montlake and Husky football is on its way back. The Dawgs make it a bit stressful but then dominate. Welcome back Huskies, I’ve been waiting for this since a certain night in late December.
Huskies 38, EWU 13
Eastern is certainly scarier than the typical FCS team, but I think their talent is maybe getting a bit overblown. Could the Huskies lose this game? Sure, it’s possible, I guess. Will they? Not a chance in the world. Eastern might score a few points, but I can’t see this being close. My only question is how long it takes the Huskies to break away. In past years, they’ve started slowly in the few blow outs they’ve had before pulling away later. This Saturday, I’m hoping the first quarter has Jesse Callier running through 10-foot holes, Jermaine Kearse 20 feet behind the EWU secondary, and Bo Levi Mitchell flat on his back after every play. Go Dawgs!
UW 48, EWU 17