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Having little reason to anticipate a good performance from the Bears, most writers pick UW to win Friday's game.

Ezra Shaw

After watching Cal faceplant two weeks in a row, nearly everyone picks the Huskies to win.

– Washington at Cal, 6 p.m. (ESPN2): The Bears (3-6, 2-4), banged up physically and emotionally, and now must deal with the loss of Keenan Allen. They virtually handed Utah 35 points last week with turnovers or special teams failures. The Huskies (4-4, 2-3) are flawed, but they own wins over Stanford and Oregon State, along with a realistic shot at a bowl bid. Washington 27, Cal 24.

Kevin Gemmell: I think the Huskies jump-started something last week with the win over Oregon State and this week we'll finally see them on the road against a team they match up well with. Cal is just reeling. Washington 28, California 14.

Ted Miller: The hits keep coming at Cal, where there was a report that WR Keenan Allen suffered an injury against Utah and might be out. That, as they say, wouldn't be good. A reeling team, as Kevin says, should help the Huskies overcome their road woes: Washington 24, California 17.

The game comes down to: When two unpredictable teams get together, you have to predict the unpredictable and throw logic out the window. Logic says Cal will have the revenge factor going for them: former Cal coaches Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau ditched the Bears last January for Washington. Logic also says the Bears will be fighting for Tedford's job. Again, we're throwing logic out the window.

Prediction: Washington 24, Cal 21

Predictor TeamRankings numberFire AccuScore
Score Cal 27.2, UW 23.4 Cal 31.9, UW 18.6 Cal 32.9, UW 24.6

Washington, 20-17 Cal, 24-20 Washington, 31-24 Washington, 24-17

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