We need your Washington Predictions ASAP!

We need your Washington Predictions ASAP!

Just like you shouldn’t count your chickens before they hatch, and just like you shouldn't diss Kelly Clarkson, you shouldn't start to write your next blog at halftime.

Blog PhotoIndeed, this is one that very few of us saw coming.  But we’ll certainly take it.  Other than a blip here and there when Cincy sped up their offense, both the Illini offensive and defensive units excelled, highlighted argulably by the goal line stand.  And with another banner day, perhaps Nathan Scheelhaase has silenced the chatter about whether he would have a repeat of last year’s less-than-stellar season.  Also good to see the coaching staff not just put Aaron Bailey in, but put him in with a specific purpose.  If you know your role (no Dwayne Johnson pun intended), you can plan like heck for it and have positive results on the field.  And that’s what Aaron did today.

Postgame, Coach Beckman shed some light on how the Illini were looking to click on offense heading into this one.

Blog PhotoThat’s really about all I have.  Nothing to nit pick about for the first time in a while.  If I’m missing something obvious, leave a comment and let me know.

Predictions-wise, congrats go out to smccaw_11748, krervin2, Jam, sclark, and Gill52 for nailing the upset.  For the other 46 of you, the RSDTs were not kind, as many picked a big Cincy win.  Overall, smccaw_11748 is in the lead with sclark and Gill52 nipping at his or her heels.  We're at 58 pickers overall and had 11 new pickers this week.

Blog PhotoTime for a drive up I-57…

First, I think the Chicago game and all the events surrounding it are a fantastic idea that should be done as often as possible.  The Wrigley Field game a few years ago produced a great atmosphere, and you can’t pass up exposure in the city as big as the windy one.  Not to mention Illinois’ large alumni base in Chicago and the fact that, you know, we have a campus there.  Something else I love is how much people (mostly purple people) get bent out of shape over Illinois’ presence in Chicago.  It’s good marketing, folks.  State your case on the field if you want to make one.

Anyway, in doing my research on UW (or U-dub, as is found on their website), I got a little chuckle over the nickname for their coach Steve Sarkisian – Seven Win Steve.  That’s because the team has gone 7-6 for the past three seasons.  Around these parts, that would be fine and dandy like sugar candy.  But for a team with a history like UW, it’s tongue-in-cheek nickname territory.  Early reports indicated that this year’s Huskie squad could very well fall into that same slightly above average category.  But now the hype level is starting to rise.  The experience level is up from last year, too, when a multitude (nay, plethora) of underclassmen saw playing time.

Blog PhotoIf I were a college football player, I wouldn’t want to have a bye week this early in the season.  But UW is dealing with just that, after a 38-6 thumping of then-#19 Boise State in week one.  Those six points were the Bronco’s lowest output since 1997 and quite uncharacteristic of the high scoring, BCS-busting team that we’re used to.  UW showed a fast paced offense in the game (85 plays) and in an effort to redeem himself from a lackluster 2012, UW QB Keith Price (who obviously thinks highly of himself - that photo over there is from his Twitter) wasn’t afraid to air it out downfield.  That, along with the return of UW’s All-American tight end, will give the work-in progress Illini secondary another test.  If the UI offense can keep up and the partisan crowd can give the O & B a boost, the squad will keep this one close.  Yet, you just can’t ignore UW’s talent.

My prediction:  Washington 42, Illinois 34

So do you agree or disagree?  Leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail with your prediction and analysis.  Don’t forget that there are Big Ten basketball tickets on the line!


Coming up next Sunday:  Washington thoughts and prediction standings


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Railsplitter wrote on September 08, 2013 at 6:09 am

I saw more diversity in play calling in the first half than all of last year . I've always thought if we give Beckman a chance he would turn things around . Washington  is a different animal I think, but I'm feeling like the guys have enough confidence to pull it iff. ILLINI.....30 Washington  ... 27

tonyjb37 wrote on September 08, 2013 at 9:09 pm
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I am not sold on us just yet when you think things have turned around that is when we start playing terrible again like the basic Illini fan is use to.  So i am going to go with the     Pups   45         Illiniwek   24    

illiniearl wrote on September 09, 2013 at 1:09 am

Greetings from Seattle fellow Illini fans!   I think the dawgs are overrated and we're looking at a pretty even matchup.  But what do I know, I'm at the bottom of the RSDT list.   I'm tipping my hat and drinking the orange kool aid after what I saw Saturday - I'm a believer!   C'mon now - Our state!  Our Team!   Rah!

Illini 38

U-Dubby Dawgs  27

P.S.  Lookin' forward to seeing the Illini in person next year in Seattle!

brownie832 wrote on September 09, 2013 at 8:09 am

Hope to be wrong again:

Illini 27

Huskies- 31



smccaw_11748 wrote on September 09, 2013 at 8:09 am

I hope that I can hold on to my slim first place lead

Illini 38

Washintgon 21

tdawg wrote on September 09, 2013 at 11:09 am

It may be a good idea to take those homer glasses off.  I fully expect you guys to keep in close in the first half like Boise did.  I then expect you to get blown out like Boise did. Baring a total collapse in all asepcts of the game,  I can assure you this will not be close. The Illini look better, but I really do feel the Huskies, based on talent, experiences, speed, and depth, are a top ten 10.  The Illini are not a top 25 team... yet.  Things can change and anything can happen on any given Saturday, but not this Saturday 

Call it. UW 54-  Illini-  17

Eric 22 wrote on September 10, 2013 at 6:09 am

I love to be wrong

UI-31  Wash-34...late field goal seals it

kelkaidru wrote on September 10, 2013 at 7:09 am

Washington 34

Illinois 20

buckhunter2 wrote on September 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

ILLINI    38

WASH  34

illini82 wrote on September 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

Hope I'm wrong as hell.

Washington: 31

IL                    27

walker wrote on September 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

WASH  32   ILL 23

Jam wrote on September 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

Illinois 42     Washington 31  No comments other than I really enjoyed the game last Saturday. 

mvillini wrote on September 10, 2013 at 11:09 am

WOW -- what a game !! Gonna have to re-think this whole thing !! but this week, I think the Huskies have a little too much going for them, but I'm not too sure.  Washington 27, Illini 17. Please prove me wrong. GO ILLINI !

Gill52 wrote on September 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I'm becoming a believer - in Cubit's offense and Nate's leadership.

Illini 42 - Washington 38


Bob Patterson wrote on September 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm
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Washington 51

Illinois 27

ehsfan wrote on September 10, 2013 at 2:09 pm

As enjoyable as last Saturday's victory was and as improved as our offense appears to be under Cubit, I am still skeptical about the degree of improvement over last year's team. A close game this week would be validation of rea positive progress.

Washington 35 Illini 20

BleedOandB wrote on September 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Wash 45

Illini 27

illinibadger wrote on September 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm

UIUC 34, UW 31

aaeismacgychel wrote on September 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I was in shock watching the game last week. Heck, I'm still in shock. I have no idea how that happened. Was it a perfect storm of a trap game for Cincy (coming off a blowout win, against a team supposed to be terrible, an early morning start, extremely high temperatures, an opponent playing far over their heads)? Was it Bill Cubit frustating and taking it to them? Was it Illinois turning a corner? Whatever it was, I loved every moment of it. I picked Illinois to lose by 30+. I didn't think there was any chance for a win. Can't say I saw this coming at all. So now the two teams with two of the most shocking upset blowouts this season face each other. A Washington team that blew out a good Boise State against an Illinois team that blew out a good Cincinnati... I think both wins may have been flukie, but if I had to put my trust in one of these teams, right now I would put it on Washington. That said, cross country trips don't tend to be easy. So, I'm going to go with:

Washington: 38
Timmy "The Clown": 24

conner34 wrote on September 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Washington - 45

illini - 33

burkejo wrote on September 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Can't believe I picked against my Illini last week. I won't make the same mistake this week.

Illini 33

Washington 24

DarrenAlman wrote on September 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

Washington     34

Illini     17

jruss62 wrote on September 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

ILLINI................. 35

Washington........ 31

Im putting the orange colored glass back on, hope last week was'nt the season high lights

touchdown_illinois wrote on September 11, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Illini 45 Huskies 35. Gonna be a shoot out at Soldier Field!!

nutleyillini wrote on September 11, 2013 at 6:09 pm

High score and illinois shows some clutch moves at the end.

Ill 42
Wash 40

Btw am I the only one who can't read the standings in this article? I'm on a mobile device the resolution on the image is really bad.

Tim Ditman wrote on September 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm
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You can click on the image to enlarge it.

teachdacc wrote on September 12, 2013 at 4:09 am

I have trouble also!  I tried to enlarge but still blurry!  

Tim Ditman wrote on September 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm
ILLINI04 wrote on September 11, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Huskies = 35


krervin2 wrote on September 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm



Washington 35

ddub923 wrote on September 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Washington    38

Illinois              20

teachdacc wrote on September 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Illini score upset. Illini 45 wu 35!  Defense improving!  Go Illini!  

illini7074 wrote on September 12, 2013 at 8:09 am

   Washington  38

    Illinois           17

mbelcher wrote on September 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Washington  35

Illinois  24

Reillini wrote on September 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Don't think we will win but I do think we gain some more respect by playing well



As Always

Go Illini

robertxc1 wrote on September 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Washington:  24

Illinois:  36

FonDoc94 wrote on September 13, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Chicago will be good to us!!  Illini 48 UDub 41

yellowjacket wrote on September 13, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I am going the opposite direction of my prediction from last week.                         Illini 35      Washington 28                                                                                                       

Bwp 5P wrote on September 13, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I thought I already did this earlier????

Huskies 38



Hope I'm wrong again this week too!!!

sclark wrote on September 14, 2013 at 12:09 am

Illini 30   Washington 28

ERE wrote on September 14, 2013 at 9:09 am
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Great spirit from this Beckman Squad! Cubit is a Wizard if I ever saw one too. Scheelhaase is one helluva QB...so I'm going for the Illini pulling off the upset...ILLINI 35, WA 27

It's about high time for all the Illini fans to put on their big boy pants, let go of all the past disappointments (I mean c'mon Loren, Elliot was DECADES ago!), and GET BEHIND THE ILLINI!! 

A BIG THANKS to AD Thomas! 

Illini-5 wrote on September 14, 2013 at 10:09 am

Washington 41

Illinois 27

Tim Ditman wrote on September 14, 2013 at 11:09 am
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A couple reminders as we approach kickoff...

*  Your pick needs to be in via comment or e-mail by 5 PM today.

*  Since I'll be traveling back from the game this evening, the next blog won't be rolled out until Sunday morning at the earliest.