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Basketball held their Mountaineer Madness on Friday evening, and other than the banner raising, wasn't a big deal (see UK's or Michigan State's for a big deal). It's also the beginning of 'Cuse week. All of the coverage I could find is all inside. 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 and don't forget to "LIKE" the Smoking Musket MAIN PAGE on Facebook (follow this link and then hit LIKE). We had over 19,000 fans of the old West "By God" Virginia page...we need to get it up there for this one as well. Sorry for the delay. Take a jump...
What You May Have Missed:
2010 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 8 - ESPN
BCS #20, AP #20 & #19 in the Coaches
NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 7 - ESPN
Fiesta is the projection
Daily Word: Andy Katz's preseason top 25 - ESPN
WVU in the "dozen more to watch"
Erin Andrews Opens Up About Career, Family, Dancing and the Law - NCAAFB FanHouse
Craziest fans? "Morgantown, West Virginia. Oh my gosh, they're nuts on a Thursday night. Are you kidding?"
WVU Nets Comeback Win - MSNsportsNET.Com
Women's Soccer: Down 3-1 in the second half, WVU came back to win 4-3 in OT
Miller Scores Two In Milestone Win - MSNsportsNET.Com
Women's Soccer, 3-0 over Georgetown. This one is worth the click, if nothing else for the the inset pic of the expression/posture of the Hoya player in between two Mountaineers.
Mountaineers Beat Pitt - MSNsportsNET.Com
Women's Volleyball: For the first time in more than 20 years, the West Virginia University volleyball team defeated BIG EAST rival Pitt in the "Backyard Brawl"
News of Note:
Inconsistency still keeping offense from being special - Charleston Gazette
Maybe we can get Huggs to give them the "Special" talk from last year
Offense calls plays based on its defense - Charleston Daily Mail
"We score 20, 21 points, I already know it's a victory in the books," said receiver Jock Sanders.
WVU Football Team Continues to Gel - WVillustrated.com
Now all we need is the Gym, Tan and Laundry and we got a Jersey thing going - Hey-OOOO
Mountaineers Could Be Favored Rest of Way - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Don't you mean "Should"?
WVU readies for last stretch - Martinsburg Journal
Banner Evening - MSNsportsNET.Com
Unless they've changed the picture caption, it was "raised to" not "lowered from"
The Mountaineers Go Mad - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article, video and photo gallery
Another Mountaineer Great On The Bench - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Darris Nichols joins the BB staff as a GA this year
VIDEO: 2010 WVU Dunk Contest - WVillustrated.com
or rather...lack thereof, contest that is
Petteway Chooses WVU - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
The article doesn't mention his position, but he's a Safety
Around the League (and Beyond):
College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
So ... it's going to be that kind of season, is it?
Eric LeGrand injury leaves Rutgers in no mood to celebrate 23-20 overtime victory over Army - Star Ledger
Our thoughts and prayers certainly go out to the young man...but why would you celebrate a victory over Army in OT?
Send a Get Well Message to Eric LeGrand - RU Athletics
If you are so inclined
Bearcats outlast Cardinals 35-27 - Cincinnati Enquirer
Is that a sign the offenses are getting better or their defenses are bad?
Football Suspensions Continue - Cardiac Hill
Having fun yet Wanny?
Videos of Interest:
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Where was this during Vegas week?
Today's Miss Throwdown is a Czech model who's most notable for looking amazing and gracing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover in 2003. Here's Petra Nemcova (pic links to a gallery, as usual).
Hofbrau Oktoberfest image via www.energyproductions.com