It appears as if the announced attendance for Saturday's game against Illinois will be in the neighborhood of the 62,861 the school announced for last week's game against Eastern Washington. A UW spokesperson said Thursday night that more than 59,500 tickets have been distributed for Saturday. The distribution estimate during the week leading up to the EWU game was about 59,000, as a point of reference. So, sounds like a similar kind of crowd.
There is no Huskies media availability today as the team makes final preparations and heads to its hotel. We head to the links:
--- Our story in today's newspaper focuses on the improvements coach Chris Petersen wants to see offensively -- particularly the Huskies' ability to throw the ball.
--- Illinois releases a weekly injury report -- how about that? -- and starting right tackle Pat Flavin has been ruled out for Saturday's game. Here's the full report: No. 28 Jaylen Dunlap, Probable; No. 32 Chris James, Doubtful; No. 4 Darwyn Kelly, Out; No. 26 Cedric Doxy, Out; No. 30 Julian Hylton, Out; No. 34 Mike Svetina, Out; No. 54 Zach Hirth, Out; No. 58 Kenny Nelson, Out; No. 66 Scott McDowell, Out; No. 75 Pat Flavin, Out; No. 97 Paul James, Out; No. 65 Jake Angona (Out for Season); No. 35 Sean White (Out for Season)
--- Rob Rang has three Huskies going in the first round of his 2015 NFL draft big board.
--- 2015 Huskies quarterback recruit Jake Browning tweeted that he has signed a financial aid agreement with UW. He has said before that he plans to enroll early and participate in spring practices.
--- Huskies DT Danny Shelton won a player of the week honor from the Bednarik Award folks.
--- Here's the uniform combination the Huskies will wear against Illinois.
... and the uniforms Illinois will wear.
--- Portland State is eager to knock off a Pac-12 team, and will have a chance at Washington State on Saturday.
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