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November 2, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Wednesday afternoon notes — ticket update, Oregon injury update, and more

A few news, notes and links to pass along as the clock ticks down to the last game in the current configuration of Husky Stadium. …

— And if you want to be part of Saturday’s festivities, there are still tickets left. UW officials report that there were 64,380 tickets distributed as of this morning. That’ll make this the best-attended Husky game of the season — the best so far is 63,252 for Hawaii. But at the moment, obviously not close to a sell-out in a stadium with a listed capacity of 72,500. UW’s last home crowd of more than 70,000 game last year against Nebraska when 72,876 attended, a number no doubt boosted by a large number of Cornhusker fans.

The Huskies are averaging 60,750 for the season, which is second in the Pac-12 and 26th in the nation. Here’s a link with updated attendance figures for every team in the country and I’ll detail the Pac-12’s below.

1, USC, 73,056 (20th nationally)
2, UW, 60,750 (26th)
3, Oregon, 59,128 (28th)
4, ASU, 57,601 (30th)
5, UCLA, 54,272 (38th)
6, Colorado, 51,194 (39th)
7, Arizona, 51,015 (40th)
8, Stanford, 49,724 (43rd)
9, Utah, 45,207 (52nd)
10, Oregon State, 42,230 (57th)
11, Cal, 37,726 (63rd)
12 WSU, 32,279 (76th)

Obviously, stadium size comes into play a little bit here — the only two schools to sell out the season so far are Oregon and Utah. Everyone else is playing to average under-capacity crowds — UW is at 83.79 percent of capacity. UCLA is playing to the least percent of capacity in the Pac-12 at 59.55, though being in the Rose Bowl obviously influences that quite a bit.

UW averaged 66,264 fans for its home games last year, bolstered by the Nebraska game (as well as a crowd of 69,020 for Stanford) so the average will be below that this year. The average was 64,356 in 2009 and 63,640 in 2008, so the number is kind of staying stagnant the last few years. Surely, lots of reasons for that and I could probably write an entire blog post on that topic at another time to get into it all. Prices, the stadium itself, that some may still question just how good the team is and gametimes that are uncertain until two weeks prior I would imagine would be at the top of most people’s lists of reasons why attendance is still below capacity on average.

— Oregon practices in the morning so there are already updates posted from Eugene. The Oregonian reports that Darron Thomas says he’s 100 percent and is amused that there’s any perceived QB controversy. Here’s a similar report from the Eugene Register-Guard along with some video.

— Some of the national predictions on the game are starting to arrive, including a pick by Phil Steele of a 49-35 Oregon win. Ralph Russo of the Associated Press, however, picks UW to win 38-33.

— Former Husky QB Brock Huard, now an analyst for ESPN, wrote this Insider piece on five “super sophomore” quarterbacks in the country. Among them is Keith Price. Here’s what Huard wrote about Price:

“Filling the shoes of top-10 NFL draft pick Jake Locker seemed like a formidable task at the beginning of the season, until the guy teammates call “Teeth” (because all he ever does is smile) decided to throw 23 touchdown passes in his first eight games and play at a level of efficiency Locker never realized while at UW.

Price sounds like Avery Johnson when you talk to him but plays like Charlie Ward when you watch him (the latter comparison being one that Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian has used often in describing his star sophomore).

Price is lean and wiry at 190 pounds and has proved his toughness this season, battling through ankle and knee injuries. Even after a sophomoric three-interception outing this past weekend against the Arizona Wildcats, Price is still the eighth most efficient passer in the country, and much like Renner, he’s being brought up in a pro style offensive system.

In fact, it was during the summer that Price spent extra time with Locker, Matt Hasselbeck and a number of locked-out NFLers, honing a level of precision and detail unique to a first-year starter. Price and Washington have marquee games during the next two weeks against the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans, opportunities to put the embarrassment of the loss to the Stanford Cardinal behind them.”

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller lists Chris Polk second on his list of candidates for conference offensive player of the year behind some guy from Stanford.

— The Gold Sheet offers a detailed statistical breakdown of the game.

— The Go2Guy turns serious and says he’s actually going to miss Husky Stadium.

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