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Eastern and Big Sky links

After two straight losses, the Eastern Washington players can't wait for Saturday's game against Weber State. That goes double for defensive lineman Will Katoa, who grew up in Salt Lake City. We also had a live chat yesterday, but we have a new chat provider,  andI can't access the entire transcript. I'm on it, and in the meantime, here's most of the scintillating conversation.. As always, Eastern sports information director Dave Cook has a comprehensive preview of the game, as does Weber State. … Today's Grand Forks Herald has three stories on North Dakota hockey, but none on football, so here's a preview of the UND-Idaho State game from the school web site, and a preview from the Idaho State Journal in Poacatello. … Montana is looking to get its "swagger" back against Portland State, according to the Missoulian. … The Billings Gazette has a feature on UM right guard Danny Kistler, plus a another on MSU defensive end Brad Daly. … The Bobcats are confident in their runnning game, according to this article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Eastern and Big Sky links

A big part of Eastern's win over Oregon State was the Eagles' offensive line, including left guard Steven Forgette. Here's my feature on the senior from Vancouver. …We also had a live chat yesterday, and here's the transcript. … Elsewhere, here's a link to the fooball web site for Western Oregon, the Eagles' opponent on Saturday. … From the Toledo Blade, a story on the Rockets' unung hero. …. USA Today poses the  question: does Sam Houston State have a chance to knock off Texas A&M?  Here's a link to the Sam Houston school web site. … Weber State had 315 yrds rushing last week in a win over Stephen F. Austin. Can the Wildcats do the same against Utah? … Shifting gears, a columnist urges North Dakota and ND State to renew their rivalry. … Like Eastern, the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah knocked off an FBS school last week, and now step down a notch. … Montana is off this week, but the Missoulian is still gushing over the Grizzlies' 30-6 win last week over Appalachian State. …Idaho State opens its season on Saturday against Dixie State, and here's a preview from the Idaho State Journal.

Eastern and Big Sky links

Eastern Washington is now the hunted, with Division II Western Oregon coming to Cheney on Saturday. Here's our preview story. An don't forget our live chat today at noon at spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink. … Here's a link to the Western Oregon web site. … From Toledo, a commentary on the Rockets' opener at Florida. …Sam Houston State takes on Texas A&M this weekend. I wonder if any of the Bearkat players will ask Johnny Manziel for an autograph. … Weber State also is stepping up in class, facing Utah; here's an early look. …. It's the same for Montana State, which is preparing for a warm game at SMU. …  Not so for North Dakota, which faces San Diego State.

T.J. Lee interview

Eastern Washington cornerback T.J. Lee discusses his role as a leader of the defense as the Eagles open fall practice on Aug. 7, 2013.

EWU ranked 3rd in coaches’ poll

The Eastern Washington football team will open practice Wednesday as the third-ranked team in the land, according to the nation's coaches.