The Shotgun/Throwdown: Monday (12/6/10) Edition

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OK, here's my $0.02 on the Champs Sports Bowl: at least it's not the Gator Bowl for the 325th time and Notre Dame didn't screw us. Yeah, the day/date/time thing could be better, but at least it's a decent location. Obviously, Miami would be so much nicer on several levels, but, it is what it is. If I had the means, I would go to Orlando. That's not to try to convince anybody, just what I would do. Ticket/travel info is included today for those who are interested in going.

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What You May Have Missed:

2010 Defensive Coordinator of the Year - Football Scoop
I know I had this before, but here it is again...VOTE FOR CASTEEL!!!

Football: Champs Sports Bowl Tickets - MSNsportsNET.Com

Football: Alumni Association Travel Packages - MSNsportsNET.Com

Coach Stewart: Bowl Teleconference Quotes - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Football: Champs Bowl Teleconference Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

N.C. State: Champs Sports Teleconference - WVMetroNews.com
The Wolfpack's head coach Tom O'Brien and quarterback Russell Wilson talk about their matchup in the Champs Sports Bowl with the Mountaineers.

Don't Blame UConn, Blame Yourself - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Champs Sports Bowl
Official Bowl Site

Champs Sports Bowl - ESPN

BCS football system must be scrapped - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

2010 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 15 - ESPN
#22 AP, #21 Coaches and #22 BCS

P.S.R. 1-120: Week 15 Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read
#25

FanHouse Fab 40: On to Glendale - NCAAFB FanHouse
#23

News of Note:

Football

Football: Champs Sports Bowl Announcement - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU to Champs Sports Bowl - MSNsportsNET.Com

WVU Accepts Invitation to Play in Champs Sports Bowl - WVillustrated.com

WVU football: Mountaineers end regular season with strong finish - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU football: Out of BCS, Mountaineers settle for Champs Sports Bowl - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU headed to Champs Sports Bowl - Charleston Gazette

Mountaineers To Champs Sports Bowl - WVMETRONEWS.COM

WVU Accepts Champs Sports Bowl Bid - BGN

History Rekindled - BGN

Smith, Austin have been a deadly duo - Register-Herald

Talented QB Wilson leads N.C. State into Champs Sports Bowl - Charleston Gazette

Stingy Mountaineers face potent Wolfpack - PPG

Wolfpack heading to Champs Sports Bowl - Raleigh News & Observer

WVU to play N.C. State in bowl - Times West Virginian

Big East ‘Champs’ off to Florida - Register-Herald

WVU heading back to Florida - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

WVU settles for Champ Sports Bowl - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Phil Steele names WVU’s Jenkins as second team all-Big East pick - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Sloppy Play Clouds West Virginia Victory That Clinches Tie for Big East Title - NCAAFB FanHouse

No. 23 West Virginia 35, Rutgers 14 - Photos - SI.com

Basketball

WVU basketball: No leader on court is an issue for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail

Huggins, players searching for answers - Charleston Gazette

West Virginia's magic man - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column

Around the League (and Beyond):

College Football Bowl Matchups 2010 - NCAAFB FanHouse

Rutgers' 35-14 loss to West Virginia leaves one upside: A disastrous season is finally over - Star Ledger

Schiano: No quick fixes for Rutgers after the ‘aberration’ of a 4-8 season - Star Ledger

UConn selected to face Oklahoma in 2011 Fiesta Bowl - The UConn Blog
I'm still in disbelief

Deja Vu All Over Again: Thinking Through Yet Another Goal-Line Debacle Against UConn - Voodoo Five

USF to face Clemson in Meineke Car Care Bowl - Tampa Tribune

Louisville accepts bid to Beef O'Brady's Bowl - Card Chronicle

Bowl Projections: Pitt Headed To BBVA Compass Bowl - Cardiac Hill

The Only Thing Better Than A Thriller Is A Beatdown. Georgetown Defeats Utah State 68-51 - Casual Hoya

Panthers show offensive artistry - PPG
87-68 over Rider

postGame: Villanova 71, St. Joseph's (PA) 60 - The Nova Blog

Syracuse 65 - North Carolina State 59: Curse Of The Jade Scorpion - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

University of Cincinnati Bearcat mascot detained, cited - Cincinnati Enquirer
Bad kitty!!

Coach Jim Harbaugh expected to accept sweetened Stanford deal - SI.com

Minnesota Hires Jerry Kill From NIU - NCAAFB FanHouse

Colorado hires Jon Embree as coach - ESPN

Bob Stoops, OU have an excellent chance to end their BCS drought - Oklahoman
This sounds strangely familiar...not that I expect UConn to win, mind you

Big Ten announces it won't pursue expansion - ESPN

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

An interesting combination of favorites:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is gorgeous Argentinian Belen Rodriguez. Click on the pic for the gallery.

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