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Ah, Brawl Week. My favorite football week of the year. The one week every year that I allow the hate that I keep bottled up deep down inside to just boil over and explode. And with it being Thanksgiving week, there's not a whole lot of other WVU sports news to distract us from that hate. That said, there's lot's of Brawl coverage is inside waiting for you.
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What You May Have Missed:
NCAA College Basketball Polls - ESPN Just outside, receiving votes
NCAA College Football Power Rankings Week 12 - ESPN Receiving votes
Bowl Projections: Some Shuffling of Participants in Two BCS Contests - NCAAFB FanHouse Champs here
WVU Team Report by The Sports Xchange: 11/22 - WVillustrated.com
Football: Pugnetti Honored by Big East - MSNsportsNET.Com
Football: ESPN Uses Option For Rutgers Game - MSNsportsNET.Com The way I understand it, basically ESPN is waiting on the outcome of the Brawl to determine game-time.
Final word from Puerto Rico Tip-Off - ESPN
WVU Basketball Photos WVU vs. Minnesota - WVillustrated.com
Truck regrets ‘no-show’ - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Women's Basketball: WVU Remains at No. 10 - MSNsportsNET.Com
Women's Basketball: Ali Named BIG EAST Honor Roll - MSNsportsNET.Com
Rifle: WVU Ends Fall with Win - MSNsportsNET.Com
Football: CBS to Feature Henry on NFL Today Show - MSNsportsNET.Com
Schmitt Reborn in Philly - WVMETRONEWS.COM
News of Note:
It's Pitt Week! - MSNsportsNET.Com
Backyard Brawl next for WVU - Inter-Mountain
A Brawl for Respect (and the B.C.S.) - Pre-Snap Read What the writer discounts is WVU winning and UConn losing another - Thanks to Philip M.
Innate Intensity - BGN
Backyard Brawl Heats Up - WVillustrated.com
Pitt Week is No Ordinary week for WVU - WVillustrated.com
Backyard Brawl even bigger this year - ESPN
Extra juice to the Backyard Brawl - Charleston Gazette
Another question: Who do you take away? - 'Eers to the Ground
Football: Select Player Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com
VIDEO: WVU Football Players and Coach Interviews - WVillustrated.com Jock, Scooter, J.T., Geno, Coach Mullen, Barclay, Brooooce, Hogan, The Tandy, Julian, Pugnetti, Neild, Tavon, Glover, Alston, and the Sandman
Video: One Good Thing - ESPN
Big East football notebook: West Virginia's defense continues to dominate - Star Ledger
Irvin's one dimension goes a very long way - Charleston Gazette
How do you like him now? - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
WVU defense in search of its first touchdown - Charleston Daily Mail
Big East Football Power Rankings Week 12 - The UConn Blog
Week 12 review/Week 13 preview - ESPN Am I the only one who gets sad when our punter is called "the player of the game"?
Big East stock report, Week 13 - ESPN
Offensive Coordinator Jeff Mullen - Mountaineer TV Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen talks about Friday's Backyard Brawl at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
The Player's Take: The Backyard Brawl - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Berry no stranger to Backyard Brawl - Times West Virginian Hertzel Column
Scooter Berry: The Backyard Brawl Veteran - WVMetroNews.com The senior defensive tackle talks about the past Backyard Brawls he participated in.
Photo Gallery IV: WVU vs Louisville - BGN
WVU Football Photos WVU vs. Louisville II - WVillustrated.com
Nike Combat Uniforms - Mountaineer TV
Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt Previews WVU - WVillustrated.com
2010 Backyard Brawl Edition - Dave Wannstedt Press Conference Top 10 - Cardiac Hill
Pitt-WVU winner can collect conference spoils - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pitt controls Big East destiny - Charleston Daily Mail
As W.Va. awaits, Pitt's offense lacks consistency - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Like WVU, Pitt has lethal WRs - Register-Herald
Pitt, WVU set for Backyard Brawl - Pitt News
Know Thine Enemy: The West Virginia University Mountaineers - Genac Attack
Pitt's front 4 poses sack threat to WVU - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Bouncing back - Times West Virginian Pitt’s Sheard finds way after summer trouble
Around the League (and Beyond):
Conference Power Rankings: Week 12 - ESPN
Big East race update: Week 13 - ESPN
Big East Scenarios Update 11/21 - Voodoo Five More heroic work by one of Voodoo Five's readers to figure out all the remaining Big East scenarios and tiebreakers with two weeks to play.
Big East bowl spots not ironed out yet - Charleston Daily Mail
Pitt Notebook: Hutchins remains in long-range plans despite poor stats - PPG
Loss proves Bulls not ready for prime time - PPG
USF Fan Needs No Concessions Stand - With Leather Way to represent!!!
The Bearcat Running Game, Now With 20 Per Cent More Jet Sweeps - Down The Drive
There's no wiggle room for Louisville - Courier-Journal
Defensive Louisville finally finds pace in 106-65 Chattanooga rout - Courier-Journal
WR Mark Harrison emerges as go-to guy for Rutgers' offense - Star Ledger
UConn 83, Wichita State 73: All hail Kemba - The UConn Blog
Huskies' Pass Rush Caused Problems For Orange - Hartford Courant
Syracuse University coach Doug Marrone: Quarterback Ryan Nassib, young offense need time - Post Standard
Bob Casullo Out As Syracuse Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coach - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician If only Stew would do the same to certain members of his staff
Boeheim addresses some SU basketball issues as Orange prepares for Legends Classic - Post Standard
No. 1/1 Duke 82, Marquette 77 - Anonymous Eagle
The BIG EAST Recap: 'Minnesota, Really?' Edition - The Nova Blog
Starting 11: It Will Be Oregon vs. TCU by Saturday Night - NCAAFB FanHouse
Greg Robinson Would Make The Most Amazing Kindergarten Teacher In The World - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
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Video of (Dis)Interest:
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