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Ewu sports chat Sept. 4 (noon)

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Sep 4 2014, 11:58 AM

Jim: All righty, then, let's talk Eastern football!

Sep 4 2014, 12:00 PM

Jim: Warm-up question: Should the Eagles win this game at UW, how high would that rank on your personal "favorite game" list?

Sep 4 2014, 12:06 PM

Guest265: Jim, just wanted you to know...this weekend I finally signed onto twitter. You were the first I signed up to follow...then Brittany Spears (just kidding bout Spears).

Sep 4 2014, 12:06 PM

Jim: Thanks for that!

Sep 4 2014, 12:10 PM

Guest265: As far as beating UW on favorite game list...there a lot of teams I'd like to beat more that them (Oregon for example).UW would make my all time top ten though and I've seen a lot of games.

Sep 4 2014, 12:11 PM

Jim: Well, the Eagles will have their chance at Oregon next year. What's your top 3 right now?

Sep 4 2014, 12:11 PM

Shane: Probably around top 5. National Championship, First game on red turf vs Montana, and NDSU playoff game probably higher. Than tied for 4th with Oregon St. win

Sep 4 2014, 12:11 PM

Jim: That's sounds about right.

Sep 4 2014, 12:12 PM

Guest101: Seems like we have some injury issues that make me more concerned about the result than I felt a week ago...your thoughts?

Sep 4 2014, 12:13 PM

Jim: A few guys were banged up against Sam Houston State, but all are good to go as far I have observed. That includes Kupp, Hamlin, Butorac and Tonani.

Sep 4 2014, 12:13 PM

MarkM: Hi, Jim. Injury update, please? Kupp, Hamlin, Cange, Forte? Who will be starting at center?

Sep 4 2014, 12:14 PM

Jim: However, Jordan Pulu (hyperextended elbow) is out for a while, and CB Frank Cange is out for the season with a knee injury.

Sep 4 2014, 12:14 PM

Guest185: Jim, would lets us know how to register for this site. I only get on as a Guest each week.

Sep 4 2014, 12:14 PM

Jim: OK, Guest185, I just got this from our Web expert: At the bottom of the chat window, it gives users 4 options to log in: chatroll, facebook, twitter and guest. They'll need to choose one of the first 3 choices.

Sep 4 2014, 12:16 PM

Jim: What do folks think will decide this game. I have a few coming up in my preview on Saturday, but what do you think?

Sep 4 2014, 12:17 PM

Jim: Here's another tip for signing in: You're signed in as guest already, click on your own "guest" entry listed. That'll prompt a user to create a free chatroll login.

Sep 4 2014, 12:17 PM

TCfan: Jim, you can also click on guest then write in your name over the guest#.

Sep 4 2014, 12:17 PM

Jim: I should know this stuff!

Sep 4 2014, 12:17 PM

MarkM: If we can play clean, give VA a little time, and and improve in pass defense, I think we've got a chance to get this thing into a shootout and win it.

Sep 4 2014, 12:18 PM

Jim: That would do it all right. Minimize turnovers, but we always say that!

Sep 4 2014, 12:18 PM

MarkM: We MUST find a way to get some pressure on Miles

Sep 4 2014, 12:19 PM

Jim: In my opinion, Miles is the biggest wild card in this game: great runner, but how well does he know the new playbook .. and how will he perform in live action for the first time in nine months?

Sep 4 2014, 12:19 PM

MarkM: I can tell you that my Husky co-workers over here are TERRIFIED of VA.

Sep 4 2014, 12:20 PM

Jim: Probably, but Eastern fans should be terrified of Washington's front seven, which includes up to four NFL draft picks.

Sep 4 2014, 12:21 PM

MarkM: VA must recognize he's on a major stage, stay cool, and do his thing. Just like Oregon State. If he panicks or throws picks, it's over.

Sep 4 2014, 12:22 PM

Jim: And roll out, extending plays with his legs as receivers find space against a young secondary. I wonder if UW will try to force him inside, and if so, how the coaches will adjust.

Sep 4 2014, 12:22 PM

TCfan: From what I read it says Miles can hurt us by tucking and running. I gotta believe UW will want him to stay in the pocket to avoid getting cracked...they surely can't lose him and may feel they don't need him to take any chances this game. That doesn't mean he won't run but perhaps a little more selective...thoughts?

Sep 4 2014, 12:23 PM

Jim: That could play into Eastern's hands; I don't think Miles will win this game with his arm.

Sep 4 2014, 12:23 PM

MarkM: I respectfully repeat my comment of last week re the hype of the UW O line. Yeah, they were ok, but not up to the hype.

Sep 4 2014, 12:24 PM

Jim: That was probably the biggest disappointment last week in the Husky camp; the Oline got pushed around by a very physical Hawaii d-line. Can EWU do the same? I'm not sure.

Sep 4 2014, 12:24 PM

TCfan: I concur with Mark...expected UW to wax the Rainbows. That alone gives me hope.

Sep 4 2014, 12:26 PM

Jim: So did I, frankly, but the UW QB struggled and so did his line.

Sep 4 2014, 12:26 PM

MarkM: honestly, the way I see it is that they're not gonna miss a lot of the chances that we gave SHSU or MW. I expect a LOT of points to be scored on us. But if we stay calm, respond, and keep scoring, that will spook them. VA is gonna need to have an OSU day, and we're gonna need a little luck. But we can do this.

Sep 4 2014, 12:27 PM

Jim: Do you expect Miles to hit the long ball that Eastern kept giving to Sam Houston?

Sep 4 2014, 12:29 PM

Jim: As far as Vernon having an "OSU day," the defense still needs a few stops. Assuming a heavy dose of running plays, the Eagles need some stops on first down to set up 2nd-8, 3rd-5, etc.

Sep 4 2014, 12:29 PM

MarkM: And dont be surprised if UW gets an illegal substitution penalty or two against them

Sep 4 2014, 12:29 PM

MarkM: yes. i expect our secondary to be ripped to shreds if we dont get pressure on miles

Sep 4 2014, 12:31 PM

Jim: No pressure + poor secondary play = UW scoring 50+ points, and even an OSU day by Adams won't be enough to win this one.

Sep 4 2014, 12:31 PM

Guest322: If SHSU threw for over 300 yards on us with a terrible throwing QB....UW will at least match that. heck Jim I was told you could have hit a couple of their recievers they were so open.

Sep 4 2014, 12:32 PM

Jim: On the other hand, the Eagles have two former Pac-12 players in McDonald and Wadood, plus the experience of Raynes and Tonani at the other safety spot. The big question is the other CB position, which is still up for grabs.

Sep 4 2014, 12:33 PM

Jim: Speaking of "up for grabs," I don't like EWU's jump ball chances against 6-foot-3 UW receiver Kasen Williams.

Sep 4 2014, 12:34 PM

Guest322: On a positive note no matter the score EWU will come after UW. That's why I will put a large wager on EWU especially if the line is +21 or better (which I expect it to be).

Sep 4 2014, 12:35 PM

Jim: Lots of intangibles here, especially the chip on the shoulder that many EWU players have about not getting a sniff from the Dawgs during recruiting. Don't underestimate that.

Sep 4 2014, 12:35 PM

Guest168: Is there anyone as of now who will be out for the game due to injuries?

Sep 4 2014, 12:36 PM

Jim: CB Frank Cange, of course, who's out for the year, and DT Jordan Pulu (elbow).

Sep 4 2014, 12:36 PM

MarkM: We'll see. that's why they play em. Jim, your comments remind me of the Seattle sports radio guys when they had Bo on the air. They expected to mop up the field with us. I'll set the over under on this one at 80! Gotta jet. I'll be there Sat. Go Eagles!!!

Sep 4 2014, 12:36 PM

Jim: Was that this week with Bo?

Sep 4 2014, 12:37 PM

Guest322: At this point I like our chances vs UW than I would if it was NDSU at this time of the season!!!

Sep 4 2014, 12:37 PM

Jim: Did you notice that NDSU got votes this week in the FBS poll. Well deserved, IMO

Sep 4 2014, 12:39 PM

Jim: Funny story: last year in Corvallis, the pre-game chatter in the press box centered on my prediction that the Eagles would score in the mid-30s and lose by perhaps a TD. They expected a blowout win by the Beavers, of course.

Sep 4 2014, 12:40 PM

Jim: Of course, it's tough to pick an FCS team against a Pac-12 program, and I think UW is better overall than in 2011. Sarkisian definitely beefed up the lines on both sides of the ball - a weakness a few years ago.

Sep 4 2014, 12:41 PM

Guest322: OK Jim (drum roll)...prediction?

Sep 4 2014, 12:42 PM

Jim: OK, here goes: Huskies play aggressive D, get a couple of turnovers, but Miles also struggles. A lower-scoring game than some people are expecting, with a final score of ... UW 38, EWU 34

Sep 4 2014, 12:44 PM

Jim: I know that's a higher-scoring game than most games, but these are the Eagles we're talking about.

Sep 4 2014, 12:44 PM

Guest322: Allright!!!!!! Jim's wearing the red colored glasses...well done my friend. I'll place a wager for you.

Sep 4 2014, 12:44 PM

Jim: Is there a line for this game? Anyone?

Sep 4 2014, 12:45 PM

Guest973: I saw it at UW -23 a couple of nights ago. -14 this morning.

Sep 4 2014, 12:45 PM

Jim: A nine-point swing in two days?How does that happen?

Sep 4 2014, 12:46 PM

Jim: I'm guessing there's not a lot of action on these games, so a big bet can shift the spread quite dramatically.

Sep 4 2014, 12:46 PM

Jim: A bet for recreational purposes only, of course!

Sep 4 2014, 12:47 PM

Guest322: the sharp money musta hit EWU for that kind of swing

Sep 4 2014, 12:47 PM

Jim: Yep!

Sep 4 2014, 12:47 PM

Guest973: I think that's a good guess. I think smart money watched the Hawaii game.

Sep 4 2014, 12:48 PM

Jim: Are EWU and Hawaii so opposite, that UW plays a 17--16 game one week and everyone predicts a shootout this time? Thoughts?

Sep 4 2014, 12:48 PM

Guest973: And our last three Pac-12 match ups for that matter.

Sep 4 2014, 12:49 PM

Jim: In their last three games against the Pac-12, the Eagles have been outscored by a combined 100-96.

Sep 4 2014, 12:49 PM

Ewumomma: Miles was the QB on my son's biggest rival team in high school. Would absolutely love it if we made him cry just a little bit.

Sep 4 2014, 12:50 PM

Jim: Miles is 6-4, 225, so you'll have to hit him pretty hard, I think!

Sep 4 2014, 12:51 PM

Jim: We haven't talked about the UW receivers. Besides Williams, they have John Ross III, who scored last week on two plays of 90 yards-plus.

Sep 4 2014, 12:52 PM

Guest322: miles sporting broncos gear and cracking a seahawk fan makes me want to see him pay

Sep 4 2014, 12:53 PM

Guest973: Im not really keen on what Hawaii brought back but they gave up 40 plus 5 times last year and 39 once. That's a good point Jim.

Sep 4 2014, 12:54 PM

Jim: And going into this season, Hawaii was ranked in the bottom 10 out of 128 FBS teams. And UW beats them by a single point? EWU's defense certainly isn't getting much respect of you look at it that way.

Sep 4 2014, 12:55 PM

Ewumomma: ooops - but the idiocy of Miles post Super Bowl is reason enough to smack him a bit. Not all Denver fans are idiots.

Sep 4 2014, 12:55 PM

Jim: Five minutes left, and I getting back to my feature story on an EWU player...

Sep 4 2014, 12:56 PM

Jim: ...who's a senior starter from the Seattle area and played his first game as an Eagle in Husky Stadium. Any guesses?

Sep 4 2014, 12:57 PM

Jim: The winner gets a rousing virtual pat on the back!

Sep 4 2014, 12:58 PM

Guest973: Corey?

Sep 4 2014, 12:58 PM

Jim: nope!

Sep 4 2014, 12:58 PM

Ewumomma: Not a clue, Jim. Help us out and keep the virtual pat that's well deserved for your continued coverage.

Sep 4 2014, 12:58 PM

Jim: And he's a three-time state champion

Sep 4 2014, 12:59 PM

Jim: By the way, I'll be at Husky Stadium on Friday for the walkthrough and will file a preview from there.

Sep 4 2014, 1:00 PM

Jim: The trivia answer: Jase Butorac - look for it Friday.

Sep 4 2014, 1:00 PM

Ewumomma: Of course, more o-line features would be awesome! There are no super-stud guys without the big fellas.

Sep 4 2014, 1:00 PM

Jim: Till next time - thanks, everyone!




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