Posts tagged: Big sky
I was at Eastern football practice yesterday, and have this story on six true freshmen who are seeing action this season. The Eagles will put their No. 4 ranking on the line Saturday against Southern Utah. Here are the official releases from Eastern and from the T-Birds. The Eagles' next opponent, Montana, must confront Cal Poly's triple option offense. The Grizzlies have been a strong first-quarter team, notes the Billings Gazette. ….Here's a nice story on a Montana State player fighting through pain, courtesy of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
Will the Eagles finally unleash their pass rush in today's Homecoming game at North Dakota? Will quarterback Vernon Adams avoid cramping in the warmth of the Alerus Center? Will I ever get a better schnitzel than the one I ate last night at the Blue Moose Restaurant across the river in Minnesota? The first two questions should be answered today when the Eagles play their first game in the state of North Dakota. Here's my preview story, plus another from the local Grand Forks Herald on UND's struggles of late. Want more? Here's a game preview - and much more - from Dave Cook of the Eastern athletic department.
The sixth-ranked Eagles are back at it again. Fresh off a big win over Weber State, Eastern is preparing for its first trip to North Dakota. In the meantime, I will be at practice later today. … Last week, North Dakota struggled past Idaho State, but got the win thanks partly to a big game from receiver/kick returner Greg Hardin. … Meanwhile, Southern Utah - the Eagles' Homecoming opponent on Oct. 19 - is trying to shake off a stunning home loss to UC Davis. … Montana enjoyed a big win over Portland State, but the pass defense looked shaky, the Missoulian reports. … Here's Idaho State's “report card” from the Pocatello newspaper following the Bengals' near miss against North Dakota. … MSU running back Shawn Johnson won national honors following the Bobcats' win over NAU.
The Eagles are back home today for the first time in four weeks. Here's my game preview from earlier this week, and a game capsule. Also, a preview from Eastern Washington, and Weber State. Oddly enough, today's game at Idaho State is the first road game of the year for North Dakota, which hosts the Eagles next week. Montana looks to bounce back today against Portland State. … The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has several stories on MSU football, all on this page.
Finally, the Eagles are getting into the Big Sky Conference portion of their season, starting with Saturday's home game against Weber State. I'll be at practice later today, but in the meantime, here's an early look at the game from Eastern sports information director Dave Cook. Predictably, the Eagles dropped in the polls after Saturday's loss at Sam Houston, which took Eastern's No. 2 spot and sent the Eagles to No. 6 in The Sports Network media poll. Eastern is eighth in the coaches' poll. … Elsewhere, Montana State RB Cody Kirk is the Big Sky Conference offensive player of the week. … In Ogden, Jim Burton of the Standard-Examiner examines Weber State's struggles on the football field this season, as well as a story looking at the rest of a very difficult schedule for the Wildcats.
It wasn't by design, but the story of Eastern Washington linebacker and former walk-on J.C. Agen contrasts nicely with all the ugly stuff going down at Oklahoma State. … We also had a lively live chat; here's the transcript. … One sure thing about Toledo: their kicker doesn't miss. The Toledo Blade also has a nice feature on a longtime fan. Want more? Here's a link to the unofficial fan site, plus a link to the school's athletic site. … There's seldom much local coverage of Sam Houston State, although there's this story about a major athletic fund-raising drive, and there's always the school athletic site. … North Dakota is having problems with the running game - on both sides of the ball - as it prepares for Montana. … Sure enough, the Grizzlies have noticed … The best coverage of Southern Utah football is right here, as the Thunderbirds happen to be at Washington State this week. … At Idaho State, winning isn't a given, but it's contagious.
So, who has the bigger chip on their shoulder, FCS power Eastern Washington or Toledo, which is off to an 0-2 start? Here's my story, along with an invitation to join today's Live Chat right here at noon. … There's a lack of confidence in Toledo QB Terrance Owens, according to this story. … The Toledo school web site also has several stories on the game. … Eastern's athletic department web site also has an excellent overview. … So does Sam Houston State, which doesn't get a lot of ink unless they're playing Johnny Manziel. … Montana is preparing for a big-play North Dakota offense. … For the first time in 40 games, Montana State will have a new quarterback.
I'll be at practice later today, but in the meantime, here are a few links from Eastern opponents: The biggest news came out of Bozeman, where Montana State announced that quarterback DeNarius McGhee is out indefinitely with a separated shoulder. … At Toledo, head coach Matt Campbell is defending quarterback Terrance Owens, stats from the Rockets' 38-23 loss at Missouri and a link to the school's web site. … Sam Houston State gets four straight home games (including Eastern Washington on Sept. 28) after getting pasted last week by Texas A&M. … Jim Burton of the Ogden Standard-Examiner, examines the reasons for Weber State's 70-7 blowout loss at Utah.
There was no letdown Saturday for Eastern Washington, which soared past Western Oregon. Here's my story. We also have the story in pictures from our own Tyler Tjomsland. … The Eagles' next opponent, Toledo, put a scare into Missouri of the SEC. … Sam Houston State got off to a strong start at Texas A&M before getting routed in the second half. … Elsewhere in the Big Sky, it was a tale of near misses against FBS schools, including Portland State's loss at Cal and Montana State's heartbreaker at SMU. … Northern Colorado lost 41-36 to something called Colorado State-Pueblo, which I've never heard of - that can't be good. … Utah steamrolled Weber State, while North Dakota got mashed in the Potato Bowl rivalry with Souith Dakota State. …Idaho State is 1-0 after an easy win over Dixie State.
Seven days after the big win in Corvallis, the Eagles are home for Western Oregon. Here is my preview story, plus another from SWX. … Western Oregon's team is covered in the school web site. … Eastern's next opponent, Toledo, faces Missouri and former Rockets' coach Gary Pinkel. … Sam Houston State will get the full attention of Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel, whose half-game suspension is behind him. … Likewise, Utah is vowing not to look past Weber State today. … North Dakota faces South Dakota State today in the Potato Bowl. … This week's game against Fort Lewis should be a breather for Southern Utah, which knocked off FBS South Alabama last week and visits Washington State next Saturday. … Montana State looks to knock off Southern Methodist today.
After a day off I'm back on the links, and I don't mean golf. Who has the time, what with Eastern Washington football still making news after the big win over Oregon State? In case you missed it, here's Monday's follow-up story, and this morning's piece on the awards pouring in for quarterback Vernon Adams. And this just in: Eastern has moved up two spots, to second, in the weekly FCS poll. How are the Eastern players reacting to all of this? I'll try to find out this afternoon at practice; then we can talk about it Thursday during our weekly live chat. Now, on with the links.
My name is Jim Allen, and I'm a college football junkie. The signs were obvious yesterday as the clock moved toward 3 o'clock in The Spokesman-Review newsroom: my palms were sweaty and I was pacing in front of the TV, waiting for South Carolina and North Carolina to take the field in the first game of the season. I wasn't the only one; others slowed their pace as they walked by, taking it all in: a packed house in Columbia, Jadaveon Clowney looking ready to make another monstern hit, and then it happened: a 65-yard TD pass for South Carolina. Suddenly everything was all right, and I could go back to my desk in peace. And if you have to ask why, all I can say is, “That's a Clowney question, bro.”
Today's links are the meatiest of the preseason, thanks mainly to our special football section, which was published today. Our college section focuses on program-building at WSU, Idaho and most importantly, Eastern. We also have story lines and a look at why Eastern's schedule is a bit more rugged this year. Happy reading!
Is it really game week? Must be, because Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin told his players just that after Saturday's scrimmage. In case you missed it, here's my story from that scrimmage. I'm off today, but will be back at practices Tuesday and Wednesday, then heading for Corvallis on Friday. Now for the links:
I couldn't make it to Eagle football practice on Thursday because of, well, Eagle football. First, there was our live chat (here's the transcript), but mostly I had to finish my stories for next week's special football section (That comes next Thursday, so watch for it.) Now, before I head to practice this morning, here are a few links:
Here's this morning's story on the Eastern linebackers, which includes the finalized TV schedule. Also, don't forget today's live chat, right here at noon. Now, on with the links: lots of storylines out of the Oregon State camop, courtesy of the Oregonian. …Montana QB Jordan Johnson is back, and adjusting just fine to his receivers, the Missoulian reports ….The Montana State offensive line is all but set, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle …Toledo has a deep group of linebackers, according to the local paper. …Idaho State head coach MIke Kramer is finding some leaders on the field; here's the story from the Idaho State Journal.
Time is flying - it's only nine days until the season opener at Oregon State - and so are the Eastern Washington receivers. Here's a look at this year's group. It's the penultimate (I love that word) day of two-a-days, and I'll be there for the morning session. Finally, we have another live chat at noon Thursday at spokesman.com/sportslink. Until then, here are a few links:
Suddenly the Eagles have a few injuries, particularly at running back, but fortunately that may be their deepest position. Here's my report. I'll be out at practice this afternoon for some more interviews, including the team captains who were expected to be announced sometime today. Stay tuned …
It was a busy day in Cheney, what with practice in the morning (here's my feature on the defensive line) and an afternoon live chat with athletic director Bill Chaves. The Eagles will hold their first scrimmage on Saturday morning, and I'll file a report. Now on to the rest of the links: