The Shotgun/Throwdown: Thursday (10/7/10) Edition

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I don't know if it was the bye week leading into this game or if it's the supposed quality of the opponent, but this has just felt like the longest and most boring lead up to a game in a LONG time. I thought Vegas was supposed to be exciting. Maybe it's the prospect of Devine's limited involvement, but we have the possibility of Geno throwing it all over the place. Previews and interviews galore today, including a few from the UNLV camp. Complete coverage is inside, as usual. 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. Don't forget to "Like" us on Facebook. See you after the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Thursday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Stew Show: A Walking Tradition - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Stew wants to start a tradition of "The Walk"...Blurb including video from last night's Statewide Sportsline

WVU Team Report: Mid-Week Update -

UNLV Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Preview: UNLV - BGN

Big East predictions: Week 6 - ESPN

Non-conference foes hard to find for WVU - Charleston Daily Mail

Road to the BCS: Way Too Early BCS Bowl Projections - Mountain West Connection

Coaching Connections Roundup - BGN
New table...interesting

Men's Soccer: WVU Plays to Draw Against Elon - MSNsportsNET.Com

This is a book you want to purchase - 'Eers to the Ground
Dunlap thinks WVU fans will like Antonik's new book

News of Note:

Stew: 'Whole emphasis' on Rebels - Dominion Post via American Chronicle

Mountaineers eager to run with Rebels - Bluefield Daily Telegraph

Stew likes offense's chances against UNLV - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers Prepared for All Possibilities -

WVU football Q&A answers 10.7.10 - 'Eers to the Ground

Lazear appears ready to make a contribution - Charleston Gazette

"Pups" Prove Themselves in Crucial Bye Week -
"Ivan McCartney and other young Mountaineers had a chance to show their progress this past week in practice."

Quoting The Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Offensive Coordinator Jeff Mullen - Mountaineer TV

Chris Beatty: On Noel Devine -

Jock Sanders: Solid In The Slot -

Trey Johnson: Backing-Up Devine -

Backup plan vital to offensive success in NCAA football - PPG

What to do with no Devine? - Times West Virginian

Chris Neild: Solid Depth -

Tight End Tyler Urban - Mountaineer TV

Being a college place-kicker is never easy - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

WVU coach not ready to give up on Bitancurt - Register-Herald
Didn't we cover this last week?

UNLV Coach Bobby Hauck's Weekly Teleconference -

Just Another Challenge For The Rebels - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Article and Audio from UNLV Coach Hauck

New UNLV coach trying to bring success to Runnin’ Rebels - Inter-Mountain

10 questions for ex-Mountaineers - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Former Mountaineers working for the UNLV Ath. Dept.

UNLV linebacker has fighting in his blood - Charleston Daily Mail

Around the League (and Beyond):

BCS standings to be released Sundays on ESPN - ESPN

Big East Report: Rising to Life? - NCAAFB FanHouse

Big East notebook: League play starts, but Pitt-ND game to watch - Charleston Gazette

Ex-Terriers finding their niche for USF - Tampa Tribune

Bomar lowering boom for Bearcats' defense - Cincinnati Enquirer

Louisville defense loves to celebrate the fourth (quarter) - Courier-Journal
Because they know the pain will end soon

For UConn, it's rivalry week...sort of - GreenwichTime
If you want to claim Rutgers as a rival, go right ahead

Rutgers sees promise in quarterback Chas Dodd's poise, confidence - Star Ledger

Syracuse University tight end Cody Catalina 'waits it out' to see if he will play again - Post Standard
What is it with 'Cuse TE's in the news this week?

Dave Wannstedt Repeats Earlier Statement That He'll Play The 'Hot Hand' - Cardiac Hill

Why Big East fans should root for Pitt - ESPN
Personally, I'm rooting for the proverbial "meteor strike"

Big East expansion candidates: Villanova -

No one will be nudging Texas coach Mack Brown into retirement - Dallas Morning News
In response to the article out of Oklahoma yesterday.

Pop goes the helmet: Trend raises injury fears, could lead to rule change - Florida Today
"The trend of helmets popping off during games, which has escalated the past two seasons, is raising injury concerns, causing equipment questions and could lead to a rule change." - It's because most don't keep the straps tight...if buckled at all

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -
Delicious coincidence > he has Michigan as the biggest current ranking "fraud"

What's On Tap:

(7) Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Kansas State Wildcats - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from Manhattan on ESPN and ESPN3. Huskers are giving 10.5.

Videos of Interest:

I found this next one on Facebook: The last time WVU beat UNLV:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

The Social Network re-imagined:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a favorite around here. She even made it to the Sweetest Sixteen Round in our Hump Day Bracket last year. A California native of Orange's Jessica Burciaga.

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