The Eagles are coming off a solid showing at Oregon, but they're still 0-1, as coach Beau Baldwin made it clear on this week. The first task this weekend, is play better defense against the UNI ground game and its new quarterback. ... The brains behind that defense, Jeff Schmedding, is the subject of this feature story ... We also had a lively live chat on Thursday, and here's the full transcript from a full hour of give and take. ... Want some insights into Northern Iowa? I went straight to the source and got this summary from Cedar Rapid Gazette sportswriter Jeremiah Davis. ... I also spoke with former EWU star lineman Jake Rodgers, who's still hoping to catch on with an NFL team despite being waived last weekend. ... At Idaho State, the Mangum brothers are basking in the limelight of success. ... Sacramento State hopes to spoil Washington's home opener. ... Fresh off a close loss at Utah State, Southern Utah takes on Utah of the Pac-12 this week.
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