The Shotgun/Throwdown: Syracuse Gameday (10/21/11) Edition

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It's that magical day that usually comes once a week, especially during the fall and winter months...It's GAMEDAY!! Tonight our Mountaineers invade the Carrier Dome in search of revenge for last years debacle and more importantly a continued perfect record in league play. Notebooks and previews abound today, as you would expect. There's also some "info" on conference realignment, some video interviews from Big East Basketball Media Day and more.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Gold And Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
the gang continues to preview the Syracuse game and Tony Caridi gives his keys to the game

West Virginia looms as next Big 12 target - Boston Globe

Report has WVU to Big 12; breaking down numbers - Charleston Gazette
Today, we might know for sure the fate of Missouri, which could move from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference

National telecasts allow WVU to audition for other leagues - Charleston Daily Mail
The Big East Conference announced on Tuesday afternoon its members had agreed to require teams to pay $10 million to withdraw from the league. Maybe. It came with a weird little condition and all depends on if the conference can get a new team to join before someone decides to leave.

Online message boards keep WVU realignment rumor mill spinning - Charleston Daily Mail
The information vacuum has created a breeding ground for people to post anonymous rumors about WVU's future.

Men's Basketball Interviews at 2011 Big East Media Day - WVillustrated
Check out full length interviews with West Virginia Basketball standouts Kevin Jones and Truck Bryant, as well as with Coach Bob Huggins as we caught up with them at Big East media day in New York

WVU, Pitt Hopeful for Brawl's Future - WVillustrated
"I can't imagine that we wouldn't play," says Huggins. "If we don't, we don't."

WVU allowing fans to print tickets from home - Charleston Daily Mail
The university announced Wednesday it is implementing a digital ticket system for basketball games this season and for football games in 2012. WVU says printing the tickets will allow fans to avoid long lines at will-call windows to pick them up.

Women's Basketball: Mountaineers Picked Ninth - MSNsportsNET.Com
Notre Dame, the 2010-11 NCAA Championship runner-up, was picked to win the 2011-12 BIG EAST women’s basketball regular-season title. The selection was made by the league’s 16 head coaches, who were not permitted to select their own teams. The Fighting Irish received nine first-place votes.

Women's Soccer: No. 17 WVU Travels To Pitt - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 17 West Virginia women’s soccer team concludes regular season play with a match at BIG EAST rival Pitt on Friday, Oct. 21. Kickoff at Ambrose Urbanic Field, Pitt’s new soccer complex, is slated for 7 p.m.

Men's Soccer: WVU Closes Out Home Schedule - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 18 West Virginia University men’s soccer team will have its final regular season home match against Providence on Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by Fox Soccer Channel and has been designated as Senior Day.

News of Note:

Week Eight F/+ Picks - Football Study Hall
They don't have WVU quite covering

Road Trip For No. 11 West Virginia - WVMETRONEWS.COM
No. 11 West Virginia (5-1, 1-0 Big East) will be on the road Friday night at Syracuse (4-2, 0-1 Big East) as the Mountaineers look to stay unbeaten in conference play.

WVU vs. Syracuse - Charleston Gazette
the Mountaineers' special teams have finally begun to put a smile on Dana Holgorsen's face

WVU football: No. 11 Mountaineers seek revenge against Orange - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia is the only ranked team in the Big East Conference and possesses the top offense and defense in the league. Those are the conditions that existed before WVU played Syracuse last season.

No. 11 Mountaineers visit Syracuse tonight - Register-Herald/AP
"Last year those guys did a great job boxing us in," said Geno Smith

No. 11 West Virginia travels to Syracuse in search of second Big East Conference victory - Daily Athenaeum
After watching film this week, the first-year coach saw Syracuse coming at opposing offenses with a lot of pressure.

For Mountaineers tonight, it will come to pass - PPG
Tonight, the Mountaineers' fourth-ranked passing offense will square off against Syracuse, which has Division I-A's 112th-ranked passing defense, in a Big East Conference matchup.

Bailey standing out on offense for No. 11 WVU - Charleston Daily Mail
Halfway through his sophomore season, Bailey has a school-record four consecutive 100-yard receiving games for the 11th-ranked Mountaineers (5-1), and his receiving yardage total, projected over a 13-game season in 1,374 yards.

Holgorsen looks to extend indoor win streak against Syracuse - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

WVU notebook: This dome should be warmer, Coach - Charleston Gazette
HIckman's Notebook

Bits & Bytes: WVU vs Syracuse - BGN
BGN's notebook

Linebackers suddenly a plus for Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
Full complement of players ready for Syracuse tonight

West Virginia QB Smith not Orange crushed - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"I made a couple mistakes, but that game's in the past," Smith said. "We have an opportunity to get a big win on the road."

Video: Big East Game of the Week - Big East Blog - ESPN
Andrea Adelson previews her Big East Game of the Week: West Virginia vs. Syracuse.

WVU latest test for Syracuse secondary - Big East Blog - ESPN
How do you stop Geno Smith and the offense?

WVU-Syracuse matchups - Charleston Gazette

Syracuse Memories - MSNsportsNET.Com

Running Back Dustin Garrison - Mountaineer TV
Dustin Garrison talks about what he expects to see from the Syracuse defense, and the environment in the Carrier Dome.

Musings Of A Mountain Man: October 19, 2011 - WVillustrated
ITEMS and INSIGHTS on conference realignment as we ponder how there can be self-help groups.

WVU Adding iPads to Football Roster - WVillustrated
"We've only got about a dozen of them," Holgorsen said. "Like I said, there are a bunch of schools that have purchased 125 of them and they are giving them to their players so their players have more access to the opponents."

Recruiting:

Whittaker Happy With The Mountaineers - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Chaz Whittaker is already getting a taste of the Backyard Brawl rivalry before he has even stepped foot on West Virginia’s campus.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East Is In A Sorry State - Hartford Courant
Here is your "DUH" article of the week

Geno Auriemma, John Swofford on Notre Dame - Big East Coast Bias
These are fun quotes

What to watch in the Big East - Big East Blog - ESPN
Here are the top storylines to watch in the Big East for Week 8

Syracuse vs. West Virginia: Orange Defense's Time To Shine - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

A brief and accurate guide to Rutgers hate - Card Chronicle

For Rutgers' Khaseem Greene, slight shift is producing big results - Star Ledger

USF notes: Fumbles correctable for Scott - Tampa Tribune

Collaros leads the way with his legs, yet again - GoBearcats.com

Patterson pushes Pitt defense hard - PPG

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 8 preview - ESPN

Alabama, Andrew Luck headline SI.com 2011 Midseason Crystal Ball - SI.com
Bowl projections and more

What's On Tap:

#15 West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Syracuse Orange - Preview - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Dome on ESPN/ESPN3. WVU is giving 14.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
8 pm tonight from the Pizza Pit on ESPN2/ESPN3. Cards are giving 2.

Cincinnati Bearcats vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Ray Jay on SNY, MASN, Gameplan and ESPN3. Bulls are giving 3.

Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi talked with Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel to discuss what the football team did during its week off and how they are preparing to take on Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.


Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Sausage and Cheese Chowder

Ingredients

  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into half-inch slices
  • 4 cups frozen O’Brien or Southern style cubed hash brown potatoes, slightly thawed
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) French style green beans, drained
  • 2 cans (10.75 ounces) cream of celery soup
  • Dash hot sauce
  • 1 box (16 ounces) processed cheese, cut into cubes
  • 3 to 4 cups milk
  • Splash of beer (We like beer in just about everything in Wisconsin!)
  • Shredded Wisconsin sharp Cheddar cheese
  • Chopped scallions

Method

  1. Place the first 6 ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Add 3 cups of milk and the processed cheese cubes.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, stirring often.
  4. Add a splash (or more) of beer and more milk if it gets too thick.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Keep on warm setting until ready to serve.
  7. Top with shredded Cheddar cheese and scallions.

You can also make this on the stovetop instead of in a slow cooker.

Recipe and image via Quad Blog


Video of (Dis)Interest:


Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Brazilian model Cintia Decker. Here's this week's gallery (click on the picture) and video.

Stoudt's Oktoberfest image via www.bruguru.com

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