With two regular season games remaining on Washington's schedule, the Huskies (6-4) can reach eight wins for the first time since 2001. To get there, the Huskies must first beat Oregon State in Corvallis, a team that should prove better than its 2-8 record.
Consecutive blowouts against Oregon and USC have left the Washington offense sputtering, and with news that starting quarterback Keith Price may miss this game, the Huskies will have even more reason to lean on their star—running back Chris Polk.
How both teams run the ball may prove to be the difference this Saturday. Over its past three games, Oregon State has given up a whopping 821 rushing yards while only gaining 92 on the ground. Unfortunately for the Beavers, Jacquizz Rodgers won't be playing at Reser Stadium on Saturday.
As part of an ongoing series, I consulted my XBox 360 for a prediction of this upcoming game. Though NCAA Football 12 is only 3-7 predicting Husky games this season, one projection has come true: my console has the Huskies at 6-4 heading into the Oregon State game.
NCAA Football 12's simulation began with cyber Brad Nessler calling Washington and Oregon State "mirror image" teams.
Judging by the past two weeks, I feel bad for the mirror.
Although the Beavers led 10-0 at halftime, the cyber Dawgs found tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins for the game winning touchdown. Thanks to a huge rushing attack, the Huskies prevailed 13-10.
Keith Price's status for Saturday's game will have a huge impact on the outcome, but even if freshman Nick Montana calls the snaps, I think Washington's running game is too strong for Oregon State.
The Beavers will use their Senior Game for motivation, and I think a rocking crowd and nasty weather will keep things close.
In the end, Washington has more talent on both sides of the ball, and the Huskies have bowl implications on the line.
Washington wins 30-23.
Xbox predictions this season: 3-7
Beswick predictions this season: 7-3