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Eastern hopes to keep momentum going at North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – It’s Homecoming weekend here in the heartland, with all the trappings: alumni events, dinners, and the big game this weekend against … Vermont.

That happened Friday night at the Ralph Engelstad Arena drew 12,000 for North Dakota’s season-opening hockey match with the Vermont Catamounts.

Whatever a Catamount is, it’s one nickname more than what North Dakota has right now, which is another story.

A mile away, at the empty Alerus Center, the Eastern Washington football team was holding its walkthrough for today’s Big Sky Conference game against UND.

The Alerus will get several thousand fans for today’s game, which already means more to sixth-ranked Eastern than it will to a disappointing North Dakota team that is inconsistent on offense and struggling mightily on defense. That’s partly due to a tough schedule that’s left UND 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the Sky, as Eagle coach Beau Baldwin points out.

Eastern and Big Sky links

The Eagle football team is home this weekend, but meanwhile the basketball team opened practice at Reese Court. Here's my story from practice, along with interviews with forward Venky Jois and guard Parker Kelly. The Eagles open their season on Nov. 10 against Division III Pacific of Oregon.

Eastern and Big Sky links

The Eagles returned yesterday from Texas, and have some work to do following their 49-34 loss at Sam Houston State. Speaking of which, yesterday's links didn't include a game story from the Huntsville Item, so here it is. Next up for the Eagles is Weber State, which is struggling mightily. So is the following week's opponent, North Dakota, which was routed by Montana State. And speaking of the Bobcats, they're back on track, according to this story from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. So is Southern Utah, which is 4-1 after a win at Northern Colorado.

Eastern and Big Sky links

GameDay and Lee Corso won't be there, but Saturday's Eastern Washington-Sam Houston State game is plenty big. Here's my preview, along with a story and a look back to last year's playoff game from the Huntsville (Texas) Item. Want more links? Here's the preview from the EWU Athletic Department, and another from Sam Houston State, which also offers a feature on the Bearkat offensive line. Finally, The Sports Network wishes for more of these high-profile matchups. And if you wish for more to talk about, come to today's live chat at See you then.

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