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After what's seemed like an entire off-season worth of waiting, WVU finally takes the field again tomorrow against the Running Rebels of UNLV. The time off has helped several Mountaineers heal. But, has it helped Noel Devine enough to be effective? Pre-game preparation for the fans begins here, 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" us (both the post and The Smoking Musket as a whole) on Facebook.. Enjoy the game, have a great weekend and make the jump...
What You May Have Missed:
Senior slot receiver needs just 31 receptions to be school’s all-time leader in category - Daily Athenaeum
I knew Jock was close, but didn't realize that close
News of Note:
WVU Not Looking Past UNLV... Or Is It? - WVillustrated.com
Good Lord, they better not be
WVU kicks itself over LSU loss - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column - This is why I hate bye weeks....you're still talking about the last game 2 weeks later, whether a win or loss
From the Enemy Camp:
UNLV takes on yet another overmatched club in West Virginia - Mountain West Connection
Tongue firmly in cheek
UNLV WR Phillip Payne to serve suspension for disciplinary reasons - Las Vegas Sun
Another Twitter casualty
UNLV SPOTLIGHT: First-year quarterback guides Rebels' next opponent - Las Vegas Review Journal
"West Virginia's Geno Smith exudes confidence"
Around the League (and Beyond):
The sad, pathetic history of the Scarlet Knight - The UConn Blog
"Rutgers Hate Week marches on." - Now this is a UConn theme I can support
Where Did All That Pass Rush Come From? - Voodoo Five
Relax, it was only Florida Atlantic
McMurphy's Law: The Going for That Extra Extra Point Edition - NCAAFB FanHouse
The Fanhouse weekend preview
What's On Tap:
All times listed are Eastern
Connecticut Huskies vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
7:30 pm tonight from Piscataway on ESPN and ESPN3. Huskies are giving 5.
Syracuse Orange vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Ray Jay on SNY, MASN and ESPN3. Bulls are giving 7.5.
Memphis Tigers vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
2 pm Saturday from the Pizza Box on ESPN3. Cards are giving 17.
Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from South Bend on NBC. Pitt is getting 6.
Miami (OH) RedHawks vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from the Nip on ESPN3 and maybe SNY. Cinci is giving 17.
And our main event:
UNLV Rebels vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from Mountaineer Field on MASN, ESPN3 and maybe SNY. WVU is giving 27.5.
Videos of Interest:
Tailgate Recipe of the Week:
Margarita Chicken Wings via http://www.myrecipes.com/
Tangy, a little salty, and not too sweet. Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes, plus at least 3 hours to marinate.
Yield: Makes 20 pieces, serving 4 to 6
1. Rinse wings, pat dry, and cut apart at joints. Put in a resealable plastic bag with marinade. Seal and refrigerate, turning occasionally, at least 3 hours and up to overnight. Remove wings; reserve marinade.
2. Preheat oven to 500°. Line a large baking pan with aluminum foil and coat lightly with oil. Arrange wings skin side up and brush with reserved marinade.
3. Bake wings until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Turn over, brush with marinade, and bake another 5 to 6 minutes. Turn once more, brush with marinade, and bake until skin is brown and glossy, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve warm, with lime wedges.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Let's just say that Christine O'Donnell wouldn't like this toy (Disclaimer: Not a political statement, it's a joke...lighten up):
Today's Miss Throwdown is a Hump Day regular. She's a British model and actress who can be seen in the recent cinematic masterpiece Piranha 3-D. Here's Kelly Brook (the pic leads to 5 pages of galleries).
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