The Dam Links 8/30/2013: Kickoff Weekend

Jaime Valdez-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Riley up close and personal, lots of season predictions, practice notes, and a bit about EWU.

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called."
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

1 day until kickoff vs. Eastern Washington...

The last (and best) EWU factoid: Oregon State has won 10 or more games in a season twice in the history of the Beaver football program, in 2000 and 2006. Oregon State has played Eastern Washington exactly twice in program history, leading off the season both times. Those years? 2000 and 2006. Let's make it 3 for 3, Beavers.

Five questions with Jim Allen, who is the Eastern Washington beat writer for the Spokane Spokesman-Review. A bit more about EWU's star QB, Vernon Adams, who did have one hell of a play last year.

Want to admire Mike Riley even more? Read this article. Lindsey Schnell has an in-depth look at some very personal issues about Mike Riley. She has some additional material in an online only article, more quality stuff that apparently didn't find a place in the main article.

She has a video interview with Brandin Cooks. She also has a review of the final full practice. Isaac Seumalo is likely to play this weekend, and he is the only one on the "maybe" list. Everyone else is either "In" or "Out." Victor Bolden is going to be the kick returner this year, meaning he could be the first Beaver to touch the ball in the 2013 season. Welcome to college, kid.

The O-Live writer's predict the season. Everyone has the Beavers going to the Holiday Bowl, except John Canano, who predicts them to go to the Sun Bowl, and Jason Quick, who doesn't seem to acknowledge their existence.

Jon Wilner predicts the Pac-12, and he predicts Oregon State to finish fourth in the Pac-12 North.

Athlon Sports predicts Week One of the Pac-12 season.

ESPN's Pac-12 blog does the same thing. They also discuss key storylines to watch in the Pac-12 this weekend.

Something good came out of the Alamo Bowl: Derrionte Freeney decided to come to OSU.

Sean Martin and Steven Nelson are still competing for the last starting cornerback position.

We've got some games behind us! Utah came from behind to beat Utah State 30-26, in a game that they really had to win. The Utes did lose Kenneth Scott, one of their top receivers, for the season midway in the first quarter to an ankle injury.  And after a very slow start that involved being behind 5-3 with five minutes to go in the second quarter, USC put away a feisty Hawaii team 30-13. Interesting that in the two Pac-12 games tonight, Oregon State plays one of the teams from both games in the next two weeks. Neither one of them looked particularly good tonight, but both certainly appeared respectable.

Brad Fuqua of the Gazette-Times previews the mens' soccer season.

Connor Letourneau looks in at Eric Moreland, and discusses his suspension from the basketball team.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm ready for a little of this.

If you drop by the Heinrich tailgater between about 12:30 and 2:00, I'll likely be there pounding a few bacon wrapped hot dogs and Coronas back before the game. If not, I'll cheer along with you and 40,000 other orange-clad yahoos from my seats in Section 213.

Not sure if there will be a The Dam Links on Monday or not, seeing as how it's a holiday weekend. Depends on how industrious I'm feeling Sunday. If not, you'll see one Tuesday and Friday next week, most likely.

Are you ready? I don't know about you, but I was born ready.

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