The college basketball season is closer than you think. On Wednesday, the Big Sky Conference released its men's preseason basketball poll. Here's my story with quotes from Eagle head coach Jim Hayford. On the football front, here's my feature on versatile tight end Zack Gehring, along with a partial transcript from our live chat. ... This week it's homecoming at sold-out Roos Field, the Eagles face Southern Utah's rugged defense. ... Montana's offense is clicking thanks largely because of the return of quarterback Jordan Johnso, according to the Missoulilan. Speaking of the Griz - Eastern's opponent next week - their defense is very tough in the red zone lately; Here's the story from the Billings Gazette.... Montana State is at Weber State this weekend.