Quarterback Nick Montana throws a 53 yard pass against the Oregon Ducks. Nick gets the first start of his career this week in Corvallis against Oregon State. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The Dawgs have lost two in a row and are looking to get the season back on track this week in Corvallis against Oregon State.
The Beavers are only 2-8 on the season but Vegas has them as a two point underdog which tells you how little they have been impressed with the Huskies over the last four weeks.
Washington wasn't competitive with Stanford, Oregon, and USC and with QB Keith Price out with a sore knee a lot of people are calling this a toss up type of game. Phil Steele who is one of the best prognosticators in the country is picking the Beavers...wow!
This is a late season Northwest rivalry football game being played on the road. It is senior day at Oregon State. The Beavers are going to give their Huskies one of their better games. You can count on it. Washington needs to come out and hit them in the mouth.
I happen to think that Nick Montana is going to do just fine this weekend. All Sark has to do is have him hand the ball off to Chris Polk 35 times and victory should be assured. The Beavers are terrible against the run and the Huskies have one of the best running backs in the county.
Sark needs to come out and commit to the run. Washington needs to wear Oregon State down and keep their offense off the field. It's November...it is time to hammer the ball against the weaker opponent. If Polk has a dominating day Washington will have no problem winning this game.
Oregon State hasn't been able to find balance on offense. The Beavers have to pass to move the ball because the running game hasn't recovered from the graduation of Jacquizz Rodgers. It doesn't help that the offensive line has been a work in progress all season.
QB Sean Mannion surprised us all when he supplanted Ryan Katz during the second half of the first game of the season. He has looked pretty good despite throwing 15 interceptions and being sacked 18 times so far this season.
The Beavers are going to test Washington deep early and often so the secondary needs to be on its toes. The front seven needs to get some good pressure on Mannion and force him into making mistakes. This could be a game in which Alameda Ta'amu dominates.
I am predicting the win because I expect the Husky defense to be solid on Saturday. I expect Nick Montana to do a good job and make some good things happen. Most importantly I am seeing the defense improve each game and I don't see the Beavers outscoring the Huskies....Washington 38 Oregon State 24