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The Dam Links 9/13/2013: Utah

Utah previews, basketball recruiting, Mannion off to a good start, O-live videos, weekend predictions, more

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Um ... what's Utahan for "Aloha?"

Kurt Kragthorpe (that name should sound familiar) of the Salt Lake Tribune has an article about how Utah should aspire to be Oregon State. He also provides a chart there showing the conference records of all teams in the last 10 years. Oregon State is a comfortable third, despite three years of no bowl game in that time frame.

OSU's website has an "official" preview for the Utah game.

The Oregonian's Lindsey Schnell takes a look at how the revamped defensive line is preparing for Utah.

Cody Vaz has been hit by the injury bug, too. Let's really, really hope it doesn't matter.

True freshman Sean Harlow was on Utah QB Travis Wilson's O-line in high school. Speaking of Travis Wilson, he has improved a lot since the Beavers saw him last October.

O-live video: Sean Martin and Brandin Cooks. Mike Riley talks Utah. Brandin Cooks about Storm Woods.

John Canzano wonders if there is an answer to the Oregon question for Oregon State.

Richard Mullaney has officially won the starting split end job. Michah Hatfield is the #2, and Obum Gwacham is now third string. With Jovan Stevenson out, Ryan Murphy will be returning kicks during the first half this weekend.

Although most of the national media's observations about OSU so far have been along the lines of "LOL Eastern Washington," the Bleacher Report noticed Sean Mannion is off to a very good start. Here's lookin' at you, kid.

Kevin Hampton of the G-T thinks this weekend's game is a crucial test for the defense.He also looks at Riley's relationship with Utah's offensive coordinator, who you might have heard of. Some guy named Erickson. Ken Goe reports that Erickson just can't seem to stay away from college football.

The fans weigh in on the Beavers' performance in the Hawaii game.

Athlon Sports previews the Pac-12 games this weekend, and have four experts predict the outcome. Half the prognosticators pick the Beavers to win. The Pac-12 blog offers predictions, as well, but neither of the two predict the Beavers, although they both predict a close game. The Pac-12 blog also sees this game as huge for both teams.

As you may have heard, UCLA walk-on wide receiver Nick Pasquale was hit by a car and killed earlier this week. Unfortunately, Mike Riley and OSU have been there before, and can empathize with the Bruins.

Pacific Takes had some questions about OSU football, and Connor was happy to address them.

Andy Jenkins tweeted out some pictures of new Beaver baseball hats and cleats. I'll be curious to see the new uniforms when they arrive, as well. Hopefully soon, maybe?

Beaver basketball picked up a commit. A couple of good things about this -- he comes from the Army Navy Academy in California, which hopefully means a lesser likelihood of character problems. Also, the two schools he had narrowed it down to were Oregon State and ...UConn??? We beat UConn for a basketball commit? How?

The womens' basketball tip off dinner is coming up on October 3rd. You can register for it here.

If you're of a certain age, you might remember the Dan and Dave commercials leading up to the 1992 Summer Olympics. Well, Dave is now an assistant coach for track & field at OSU. He will be on the Joe Beaver show tomorrow at 1:05 pm.

The women's golf team is in Japan this week, of all places.

Womens' volleyball is in Portland this weekend, for three matches against UP, Toledo and UC Davis.

The Beavers mens's soccer team hosts the Hensor/Zaher Classic this weekend, and will have matches against Seattle on Friday and Air Force on Sunday.

The womens' soccer team fell to Cal State Northridge Thursday night 3-1, and plays at Gonzaga on Sunday.

And oldie but a goodie for today's short.

Vote in the poll below, and let's hope Riley's traditional slow start (particularly in September road games) is not going to make an unwelcome return.