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Heart of the City: Washington

We are taking a look at FBS programs located in major cities alongside NFL franchises. And we're including L.A. just because.

School: Washington

Location: Seattle

Enrollment: 42,000

Bowl appearances: 28

NFL first-round picks: 15

Losing seasons: 21

10-win seasons: 8

Source: ESPN Stats & Info (Note: Numbers date back to 1936, the first year of the AP poll. NFL numbers date back to 1970.)

The good: Washington is an outstanding school located in one of the most scenic cities in the country. And, yes, it's a bit wet.

While the Huskies only this year climbed out of a lengthy program swoon that began after winning the Rose Bowl following the 2000 season, the program has long rated among the West Coast's elite, particularly under Don James, who won the 1991 national championship. Washington has won or shared 15 conference championships over nine different decades, including seven from 1980 to 2000.

Husky Stadium, which is the centerpiece of a major athletic facilities renovation plan that will start after the regular season, is one of the nation's loudest stadiums. Washington entered this past season without a winning season since 2003, but the Huskies averaged 66,264 fans, and their 91.4 percent of capacity ranked fifth in the Pac-12.

Husky football has never seemed to suffer in the shadow of professional sports in Seattle. In fact, it's typically been viewed as the No. 1 attraction.

The bad: If you are sunshine-obsessed, Washington is not the place for you.

Further, the program has trended downward since getting hit with major NCAA sanctions in 1992. While the Huskies finished ranked third after the 2000 season, a 27-year streak of non-losing seasons ended in 2003 and the program didn't post another winning campaign until finishing 7-6 in 2010. Things bottomed out in 2008 when the program went 0-12, the worst finish in team history.

And some fans have turned away, though not in huge numbers. In 2000, Husky Stadium attendance was 71,638, or 99 percent of capacity. It is fair to say that Husky football, at present, is not the tough ticket it once was.