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Morning links: UW says more than 59,500 tickets distributed for Illinois game

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)

--- Percy Allen writes about Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt.

--- An Illinois beat writer picks the Illini to win, 48-45.

--- Rob Rang has three Huskies going in the first round of his 2015 NFL draft big board.

--- Illinois coach Tim Beckman compared the Huskies' offensive line to Wisconsin's.

--- 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.

--- UCLA hopes not to be in awe of the venue this week in Arlington.

--- Talking defensive line at Oregon.

--- Comparing the salaries of the coaching staffs at Oregon and Oregon State.

--- What does it mean to play for Army, Stanford's opponent this week?

--- Portland State is eager to knock off a Pac-12 team, and will have a chance at Washington State on Saturday.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple