Sportspress Northwest staffers pick their winners in the Holiday Bowl. Who do you have?
The 25 days since Washington last played just flew by, didn’t they?
Well, not quite. But finally the game is here and the brainiacs at Sportspress Northwest are going to provide predictions. Chime in with you own in the comments. And if we’re wrong, just forget we said anything. Nebraska is generally a 14-point favorite, picks are against the spread. Here goes:
Huskies early will be snorting flames of indignation. But flames don’t do too much damage to corn-fed granite. In football, largeness, fastness and meanness tend to get the best of passion. Nebraska 38, Washington 20
Seth Kolloen, author of Exit 164
Before the game, Jake Locker announces that his performance this entire season was a “psych,” and proceeds to complete 35 of 37 passes for 812 yards, running for 218 more. Locker is retroactively awarded the Heisman trophy and Carolina drafts him to play against the Falcons on Sunday. Washington 73, Nebraska 3.
Usually looking at a single-game situation yields thoughts of how the underdog could win. I just don’t see it here. Nebraska’s strength (running the ball) rumbles right into Washington’s weakness (stopping a good running game). Though I am intrigued to see what Steve Sarkisian has in store. Touted as a play-caller, his approach was muted in the first game. Wonder how he will approach it this time. Regardless, I doubt it will be enough. Nebraska 31, Washington 24.