The Washington Huskies open the 2011 season Saturday with as much optimism as they've had in years, facing an in-state opponent that is a national champion in its division.
So the fact that UW could have its smallest home crowd in five years when it hosts Eastern Washington might seem disappointing.
Washington officials say they anticipate attendance of about 55,000. The last time UW drew a smaller crowd came in the 2006 season opener when 52,256 attended a 35-29 win over San Jose State.
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