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The Orange are in town tomorrow looking to heal their wounds from a loss last week and the streak of 8 losses to WVU. Everything you need to know to prepare for the game is covered 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, then hit "LIKE"). Thanks to those who already have and please spread the word. Have a great weekend, enjoy the game and see you after the jump...
What You May Have Missed:
Big East Report: America's Most Balanced Conference - NCAAFB FanHouse
We hope not...at least not at the moment
Men's Basketball: Single-Game Tickets - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tickets for WVU men’s basketball non-conference home games in November and December will go on sale Monday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m.
Women's Basketball: Two Make Preseason Team - MSNsportsNET.Com
Sarah Miles and Liz Repella
Women's Soccer: WVU Set For Season Finale - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 23 West Virginia women’s soccer team closes out the regular season with a pair of BIG EAST Conference matches this weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. WVU takes on Connecticut in a match presented by EZToUse.com on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., and faces Providence on "Senior Day" in a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Oct. 24.
News of Note:
Did you know? Week 8 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Um, Brian...that would be Orange HEAD coach, not assistant
Robert Sands: Breaking Part The Orange (Video) - WVMetroNews.com
Sands talks about what he has seen from Syracuse on film and if there has been a big difference in their physicalness.
Jock Sanders: Picking Up The Slack (Video) - WVMetroNews.com
Sanders goes through how the short passes are helping the offense and the rest of the Big East season.
Stedman Bailey: A Developing Offense (Video) - WVMetroNews.com
Bailey talks about the tunnel screen they run on offense and how the team has gelled this season.
More to center than meets eye - Times West Virginian
Around the League (and Beyond):
Rutgers' leaky offensive line facing a major test against Pittsburgh - Star Ledger
"Unit ranks 120th and last nationally in sacks allowed per game"
What's On Tap:
(All times listed are Eastern Daylight)
South Florida Bulls vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
Tonight at 8 pm from The Nip on ESPN 2 & 3. Cinci is giving 8
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Ketchup Pit on MASN, SNY & ESPN3. Pitt is giving 13.
Connecticut Huskies vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from the Pizza Joint on ESPNU. Cards are giving 3.
Your Main Event
Syracuse Orange vs. (20) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Mountaineer Field on ESPN 2 & 3. WVU is giving 13.5.
Video of Interest:
Tailgate Recipe of the Week:
With another Nooner tomorrow, most of us will be eating breakfast at the tailgate, so...
Breakfast Casserole III
Prep Time: 15 Min / Cook Time: 1 Hr 20 Min / Ready In: 1 Hr 35 Min
6 baking potatoes
1 pound ground pork sausage
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, sliced
2 teaspoons seasoning salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
12 eggs, lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.
Prick potatoes with a fork, place on a medium baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes, or until tender but firm. Remove from heat, cool, peel, and cube.
Cook and stir sausage in a medium saucepan over medium heat until evenly browned; drain.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir potatoes and onion into saucepan, and cook until potatoes are browned and onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with seasoning salt. Place potato mixture in the prepared baking dish. Cover with sausage. Sprinkle with cheese, top with eggs, and season with salt and pepper.
Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until eggs are fully cooked.
[Recipe and image courtesy of AllRecipes.com]
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Pickings were slim this week.
Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Colombian model/actress who can be seen weekly displaying her assets and comedic skills on one of the funniest TV shows in a long time, Modern Family. Here's Sofia Vergara (pic links to a gallery).
Miller Lite/Sofia Vergara image via i181.photobucket.com