College Football Picks: Washington Vs. Nebraska And Washington St. Vs. San Diego St.

John Berkowitz (UW Dawg Pound)

Washington 27, Nebraska 21
These teams know each other well and I don't see a blowout happening during this rubber match. If Washington can contain Taylor Martinez like they did during the Holiday they are going to win this game.

Washington St. 35, San Diego St. 28
The undefeated Cougars roll into San Diego to face a pretty good Aztec team. I am predicting win number three for WSU even though this should be a pretty tight contest. The Cougs haven't really faced anyone tough but they have won the way good teams do against lesser opponents.

Kevin Cacabelos (SB Nation Seattle)

Nebraska 24, Washington 17
I'd love to pick the Huskies in this game, and I believe the Huskies will definitely cover the spread, but I think the Cornhuskers will win the rubber game of what has turned into a three game series between the two squads. Nebraska's inexperience in the secondary with Alfonzo Dennard out and their young offensive line will both work towards the Husky's favor. However, a home crowd and a strong defense will be too much for the Huskies to overcome.

Washington St. 30, San Diego St. 26
Looks like losing Jeff Tuel isn't that big of a deal at all. The Cougar offense did just fine in its 59-7 victory. This same Cougar offense is what will lead this team to victory. Undefeated through three weeks? You couldn't have written the script better for Coug fans. Don't discount this Coug defense, they only allowed a touchdown last week. Keep an eye on C.J. Mizell, Alex Hoffman-Ellis and Sekope Kauusi.

Brian Elsner (Wait For It Seattle)

Nebraska 42, Washington 24
That is a gross looking score, but I just have a bad feeling. It seems too hard for a team with less toughness and talent, particularly defensively. Nebraska relies on making big plays, particularly in the run game. They will be running at two inexperienced outside linebackers. Too much advantage at home in a sea of red. Not enough talent on the defensive side of the ball for the Dawgs.

San Diego St. 35, Washington St. 31
My prediction last week that the Cougs would lose at home to UNLV looks more foolish than George Bush trying to say "nuclear". And as the former President once said, fool me once shame on....wait, how does that go Mr. President? YOU AIN'T GONNA FOOL ME AGAIN! Just kidding. I can't pick the Cougs. San Diego State went on the road to Army and won last week on the weekend of 9/11 with Rudy Guiliani at the game. Army went 7-6 and won a bowl game last year. The Cougs are on the road against a good running back in Ronnie Hillman. They will keep it close, but lose.

Erik Kariya (SeaTown Sports)

Washington 20, Nebraska 17
I wanted to pick a narrow Nebraska win, but then I remembered: these Huskies don't lose close games. That said, this may be a crazy pick. But Fresno State nearly won last week by simply pounding the ball up the middle. Think Chris Polk can't do that? Chris Polk can do that. (Wait, why do I feel like Chris Polk has already done that?)

San Diego St. 49, Washington St. 21
The Cougs will score a couple times, as San Diego State is young on the defensive line and thin in the secondary. But boy, can that Hillman kid run. Add senior quarterback Ryan Lindley, who returns for what seems like the eighth time, and the untested WSU defense has got problems.

Jeff Nusser (CougCenter)

Nebraska 24, Washington 20
The point spread seems outrageous to me. I can't imagine Nebraska running all over Washington, as it did in Seattle last year; the only way this game gets out of hand is if Keith Price throws some interceptions. Still, I think the home crowd is enough to carry the Cornhuskers.

WSU 31, San Diego St. 21
The Aztecs aren't as dangerous at wide receiver as they were a year ago, so Ryan Lindley hasn't yet been great. Ronnie Hillman is still a home run threat, but the WSU front seven is vastly improved. Also, SDSU has faced three consecutive triple-option offenses. Not good when facing a potent passing attack.

Craig Powers (CougCenter)

Nebraska 41 UW 24
UW was able to take Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, but I don't see it happening here. The hostile environment in Memorial Stadium will be a different beast and the Huskies will be overmatched in this one.

Washington ST. 38 San Diego St. 35
WSU has a good shot at continuing their offensive success, as the Aztec defense is struggling to adjust after playing two consecutive triple-option teams. The Cougs will face their most potent offense so far this season by far. I expect a lot of points and Wazzu to pull it out late.

James Satterberg (SeaTown Sports)

Nebraska 28, Washington 24
I'm tempted to pick the upset, as UW Matches up pretty well against the run-heavy Cornhuskers. However, in the end I think that Nebraska will squeak out a win in a closer game than the experts expect. However, if UW can contain Taylor Martinez and if Keith Price can continue his good performance, UW can win this game.

Washington St. 38, San Diego St. 28
SDSU is easily the best competition WSU has face so far, and it's tempting to pick the home team. However, last week made it clear that Lobbestael can carry WSU's passing offense. If they can carry that over, they should be favorites.

Husky and Cougar fans, head on over to UW Dawg Pound and Coug Center respectively for in-depth pre-game analysis leading up to Saturday. 

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