Let me take you inside the absolutely fascinating inner workings of Good Guy Prediction posts. I (being Matthew) send Danny, Andrew and Joe a text at some point on Friday that says, “Hey, send me your predictions when you get a second.” They all send me an email, and when I get home that night, I combine them in a post, write an incredibly exciting intro, and that’s that.
Ideally, this process would happen on Wednesday or Thursday, so that people could read the predictions before gametime and so my fellow Good Guys have a little more time to respond. Alas, I’m lucky if I think about this post before lunch on Friday, so occasionally you get a predictions post with two predictions instead of four, like today. Joe’s off hiking somewhere, which sounds great if you’re into that sort of thing. Andrew played a show tonight (which was great) and has his 21st birthday Saturday (happy birthday!), so he’s a little otherwise occupied. Dan and I will hold the fort for this week.
Edit: And Andrew pulls through with his email as soon as I posted this. Good job, the little guy! (That’s his nickname.)
After beating Cal on the road last season, it would seem unlikely that the Huskies would let the Bears return the favor tomorrow, especially considering UW appears to be improved from last year. But Cal may have finally found a playmaking quarterback, something they have lacked for the past couple years. Maynard is a dual threat QB whose game apparently resembles Keith Price. He has weapons to throw to in Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones, and I’d imagine the Bears will gobble up yards like most teams seem to do against UW. However, I have a hunch the Dawgs will yield less points than one might expect, if for no other reason than the defense is bound to come out hungry. This game is a virtual toss up in Vegas, but for no good reason I think the Huskies put all 3 phases together tomorrow, and Sark can finally smile. Maybe the homer in me is talking, but I think Cal is catching UW at the wrong time.
It’s hard to be completely sure about anything Husky related right now, but I’m pretty sure that if Keith Price and Chris Polk are on the field, the offense will score at least 30 points against almost anyone. The defense is anyone’s guess. They have the talent, but I think there’s a lack of confidence in the new linebackers that’s affecting the whole unit. Sarkisian’s comments about the defense were revelatory. Hopefully they cut loose this week and let their athleticism take over. I’d rather see big plays with a few mistakes than the steady drip of yards they’ve been surrendering.
The last two games between these two have been wins for the Dawgs, a blowout and last year’s game winning touchdown by Polk with no time on the clock. I’d love another blowout, but I’m expecting a close one. The Golden Bears are a talented team in almost exactly the same position as the Huskies, as an unproven team with talent. The winner becomes the front runner for third in the tough northern division. I think the Huskies pull it out.
UW 38, Cal 34
I don’t know what to think of this game. It’s a very important game in this season where we’re trying to figure out if the Dawgs have taken another step forward. I have a lot of confidence in the offense, they are moving the ball very well the last 2 weeks. But, Cal also scares me. I’m not sure if they’ve earned me being scared of them (I’m not sure they care about me, in general so they are kind of jerks), but they have a strong defense and a decent offense. Against the Huskies defense, a decent offense is all you need it seems. But sooner or later, the defense will play better. It might be the year 2017 or it might be in this game. I have said almost nothing in this preview. This game seems even and whoever wins the turnover battle will win the game. Home field advantage will be a key. For some reason it sure seems to me like Cal is going to win. Maybe it’s because it’s my birthday and I’m not sure if the Huskies have ever won on my birthday. I hope I’m wrong and I hope Chris Polk, Keith Price, and Ta’amu run up to me in the stands after a blow out and deliver me a game ball along with a million dollars. But, for now I’m going to say Cal wins 35-27. Prove me wrong Dawgs! GOOOOOO!!!!! HUSKIES!!!!!