The Shotgun/Throwdown: Friday (10/1/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Spaten Oktoberfest.

Welcome to October and the end of one of the most boring bye weeks ever. The Big East games tomorrow aren't going to help any either (do they ever, lately?), but that's what cable and satellites are for. This TCU thing is actually gaining some steam, by the way. Next week has to be better (if nothing else, there won't be another loss to moan about). There's still lots inside to keep you occupied. If you have any tips, suggestions or requests for content that you think is worth sharing, you can send them to me by email or Twitter. UPDATED 10:30 am. Enjoy your weekend and see you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

A Conversation With WVU Athletic Director with Oliver Luck - WVillustrated.com

Q&A With Director Luck - MSNsportsNET.Com

Thursday Notes - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU football chat transcript 9.30.10 - 'Eers to the Ground

Mountaineer Mainstays - YouTube
A look at a few folks behind the scenes on gameday from Mountaineers 360

Letter: Baton Rouge made visitor welcome - 2theadvocate.com
From all accounts, BR was a great place to visit, despite warnings to the contrary from other places

Women's Soccer: WVU Begins Road Swing - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Mountaineers travel to BIG EAST foes Cincinnati on Friday, Oct.1 and to Louisville on Sunday, Oct. 3

Women's Basketball: National TV Games Picked - MSNsportsNET.Com
The Mountaineers will have seven games on national television, the second-most in the BIG EAST, including ESPN2 Big Monday and February Frenzy games

News of Note:

This TCU To Big East Thing Has Legs. Frogs Legs. - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

TCU has discussed move with Big East - Dallas Morning News

TCU might get the last laugh by moving to the Big East - Star Telegram

Where There is Smoke, There Tends to be Fire - WVillustrated.com
More on TCU

WVU coach kicking self, not kicking game - Register-Herald

Stewart confident in WVU kicker Bitancurt - Inter-Mountain

Big East Report: Even in Defeat, Several Teams Steady Sinking Ship - NCAAFB FanHouse

College football algebra - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

The Big East's pleasant surprises - ESPN

Trying to Move On - WVillustrated.com

Sidney Glover Feature - Mountaineer TV

Updated Heisman and BCS National Championship odds - 'Eers to the Ground

Recruiting:

Angel Nunez commits to Louisville - Card Chronicle
WVU was on the short list

An Express-way to Division I; WVU recruits - Charleston Gazette
The man who made Mountain State Academy nationally respected is doing the same at Huntington Prep

Around the League (and Beyond):

The Big Least? - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Video

Did you know: Week 5 - ESPN

Big East Week Five Preview Blog - College Football News

What to watch in the Big East: Week 5 - ESPN

Move to sketchy Big East risky for Villanova football - Patriot-News

Todman, Lutrus may play Saturday - The UConn Blog

Syracuse Football's Second Season Begins Now - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Bulls Beat: RB Murray is up to task - Tampa Tribune

Louisville safeties Smith, Holton work as a tandem - Courier-Journal

Former Winton Woods coach happy at Cincinnati now - Cincinnati Enquirer

Rutgers thinks Tulane's blitz-happy defense is must-see football - Star Ledger

Pitt's offensive line shake-up is a power play - PPG

Boise State takes heat for schedule, but is Nebraska's any better? - SI.com

Appalachian State to study possible move to Football Bowl Subdivision - SI.com

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith could earn as much as $1.2 million annually - ESPN
I wish we had those kinds of coffers to pool from

What's On Tap:

And what a riveting BE slate we have to choose from this week (turn your sarcasm meter to 11). All times Eastern.

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
Noon from the Rent on ESPN3 and SNY. Huskies are giving 7.5.

Tulane Green Wave vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
2 pm from Piscataway on ESPN 3. Green Wave is getting 17.5.

Florida International Golden Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
3:30 pm from the Ketchup Palace on ESPN3. Pitt is giving 17.

Florida Atlantic Owls vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
7 pm from Ray Jay on ESPN3. Bulls are giving 21.5.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves - ESPN
7 pm from ASU Stadium in Jonesboro on ESPN3. Cards are giving 4.5.

College Football TV Schedule: Week 5 - NCAAFB FanHouse

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This was evidently taken this past weekend and was featured on The Huffington Post. Thankfully, it appears to be an LSU fan. Though, there's no way to completely verify this.

This Week in Bodypainting:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one Tarheel that I can support with a clear conscience. Here's Stephanie Christine (linked page has interview and gallery at the bottom).

Spaten Oktoberfest image via www.bruguru.com

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