BY Todd Dybas 05:37PM 10/16/2010

The predictions: Oregon State at Washington

Washington starts a run of four consecutive games versus ranked opponents this Saturday against No. 24 Oregon State.

Can Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt draw up something to slow Jacquizz Rodgers and Oregon State? (Drew Sellers/Sports Press Northwest)

In case you weren’t paying attention, here’s how to pick Washington football games: Don’t.

The Huskies continued their anti-logic trend last week when they lost at home to Arizona State after beating USC on the road the week before.

Regardless, this is a weekly masochistic endeavor here at Sports Press Northwest, particularly for the author of this post, so let’s take a look:

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News picks Oregon State.

Christian Caple of the Moscow Daily News picks Oregon State 38-24.

Ted Miller of ESPN picks Oregon State to win 33-30. picks Oregon State to win 28-23.

Three of the five panelists at Yahoo! pick Oregon State.

Three out of four writers for the Orange County Register pick Oregon State to win.

Art Thiel (3-2 overall, 2-3 against the spread)
The 2010 pattern says this should be the Huskies’ bounce-back game, but Jake Locker isn’t right yet and the offense still has too many game-changers the wrong way — dropped passes, penalties, miscalls at the line, no edge rushing game, no tight end, etc. You get the drill, and the Huskies get their bowl hoopes drilled. Oregon State, 33, Washington 30

Seth Kolloen (2-3, 1-4)
With James Rodgers injured and Jacquizz Rodgers struggling, Mike Riley deploys little-known frosh Jolly Rodgers, a drop kick specialist who stuns the Huskies with 14 field goals. Beavers 42, Huskies 40.

Todd Dybas (1-4, 0-5)
The uptick of my record is that it should provide a clear blueprint for what not to predict. Despite Locker’s illness against Arizona State last week, Washington looked like its mediocre self of recent years. Important skill players are dinged up, Devin Aguilar, Johri Fogerson, and an important lineman, Erik Kohler, is out. Not to mention the Huskies have no solution for the obvious issues on defense. Oregon State 27, Washington 20


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