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August 30, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Eastern QB confident, and a few other afternoon notes and links

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Eastern Washington quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (pictured in an AP photo) conducted a round of interviews this morning, including one KJR-AM and another with the Times. And in each he portrayed a confidence that the Eagles can come into Husky Stadium Saturday and pull off the upset.

“Well, I think we have a reason to be confidient,” said Mitchell, a senior who played his first two seasons at SMU before transferring to Eastern Washington prior to the 2010 season, in an interview with the Times. “I think we have a talented team with a good set of coaches and a good fan base that is going to follow us over there.

“One thing everybody always says is that when you play up that it’s a win-win situation for you because if you lose you are expected to lose and if you win, hell, you just beat a D-I team. But we are trying not to look at it like that. We are trying to look at it that we are expecting ourselves to win this game. We have watched a lot of film on them, we are prepared for them, we know what they are going to give to us, so it’s kind of just going out there and being successful, and we know we are good at that. Just have to go out there and play your own game and just do it.”

Mitchell said that his two years at SMU taught him that FBS teams tend not to take FCS teams quite as seriously as other opponents.

“They are picking this game for a reason,” he said of UW scheduling Eastern. “They want to come in and get an easy win to start the season out, and I know how that is coming from SMU and playing two (FCS) teams — you just prepare differently. And we are going to take full advantage of that and just try to come out and smack them in the mouth.”

I’ll have more on Mitchell and Eastern later in the week.

In other news. …

—- ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit unveiled his annual pre-season Herbie Awards today, and included Chris Polk on his list of Best-Kept Secrets and Best Running Backs, and Steve Sarkisian among the Top Offensive Minds. He also includes his eye-opening pick of UCLA to win the Pac-12 South (apparently, he has USC actually winning it but UCLA finishing second and representing the South in the title game before losing to Oregon).

— Times sports editor Don Shelton rounds up a list of Seattle sports flops and includes Tyrone Willingham.

— The Go2Guy writes that he’s worried UW will win eight or nine games this year.

— Rivals.com includes Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins on its list of true freshmen to watch this season.

— KJR-AM is again holding a College Football Survivor Pool.

— Here are Jon Wilner’s updated Pac-12 rankings, with UW third in the North.

— Lots of good stuff in the Arizona Daily Star’s college football special section.

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