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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Syracuse Pre-Game (10/22/10) Edition

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The Orange are in town tomorrow looking to heal their wounds from a loss last week and the streak of 8 losses to WVU. Everything you need to know to prepare for the game is covered 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" the Smoking Musket MAIN PAGE on Facebook (follow this link, then hit "LIKE"). Thanks to those who already have and please spread the word. Have a great weekend, enjoy the game and see you after the jump...

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

Syracuse Preview - MSNsportsNET.Com

Game Preview: WVU vs. Syracuse -

Syracuse Game Scout by the Sports Xchange -

Syracuse-WVU matchups - Charleston Daily Mail

5 things to pay attention to during West Virginia-Syracuse - 'Eers to the Ground


Thursday Notes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Big East Report: America's Most Balanced Conference - NCAAFB FanHouse
We hope least not at the moment's 2010 Midseason Crystal Ball -

Men's Basketball: Single-Game Tickets - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tickets for WVU men’s basketball non-conference home games in November and December will go on sale Monday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m.

WVU Basketball Team Report -

Jones is the face of the Mountaineers -

From Final Four to Out of the Top 25, Huh? -

Women's Basketball: WVU Picked Second - MSNsportsNET.Com

Women's Basketball: Two Make Preseason Team - MSNsportsNET.Com
Sarah Miles and Liz Repella

WVU women have UConn's respect - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Women's Soccer: WVU Set For Season Finale - MSNsportsNET.Com
The No. 23 West Virginia women’s soccer team closes out the regular season with a pair of BIG EAST Conference matches this weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. WVU takes on Connecticut in a match presented by on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., and faces Providence on "Senior Day" in a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Oct. 24.

White Doing Well In Arizona - WVMETRONEWS.COM

News of Note:

Win versus Syracuse puts WVU closer to record - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia Has Syracuse’s Number Lately - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WVU football chat transcript 10.21.10 - 'Eers to the Ground

CHIP SHOTS - The Morgan Messenger

Smith is rapidly becoming an elite quarterback - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU knows importance of screen pass - Times West Virginian

The Five-Wide Set Isn’t a Philosophy Problem, It's a Math Problem - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Mountaineers have a wealth of talent at wideout - Register-Herald

Casteel has built stalwart defense at WVU - Inter-Mountain

3-3-5 Has Teams Baffled - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Line plays a key to WVU defense - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

What to watch in the Big East: Week 8 - ESPN

Did you know? Week 8 - Big East Blog - ESPN
Um, Brian...that would be Orange HEAD coach, not assistant

Syracuse vs. West Virginia: Short Memory - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

WVU won't get carried away - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU Players Reminded That It's a Dangerous Game -

Perhaps Stewart's crazy talk wasn't all too crazy - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU’s Stewart likes being favorite - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Doug Marrone & Bill Stewart In...The Town - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Safety Robert Sands - Mountaineer TV

Robert Sands: Breaking Part The Orange (Video) -
Sands talks about what he has seen from Syracuse on film and if there has been a big difference in their physicalness.

Jock Sanders: Picking Up The Slack (Video) -
Sanders goes through how the short passes are helping the offense and the rest of the Big East season.

Stedman Bailey: A Developing Offense (Video) -
Bailey talks about the tunnel screen they run on offense and how the team has gelled this season.

More to center than meets eye - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Eric Jobe Feature - Mountaineer TV

Syracuse looking for consistency - Charleston Gazette

Marrone has Syracuse heading in right direction - Charleston Daily Mail

West Virginia's Stewart: Syracuse 'knocking on the door' - PPG

Orange need to recover vs. Mountaineers - Martinsburg Journal

Catching up with WVU's all-time SU villain - Charleston Gazette

Once a Mountaineer Always a Mountaineer (And Public Intoxicant) - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician


Dallas forward is WVU's sixth hoops commitment for 2011- Charleston Daily Mail

From the Big D to the Big Time - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Coaches upset about possible elimination of summer recruiting road trips - ESPN

New Coaches Spreading Their Recruiting Wings to Cover Different Ground - NCAAFB FanHouse

Around the League (and Beyond):

Syracuse University football offense improved despite missing several pieces - Post Standard

Orange Insider - Syracuse at West Virginia: Orange faces uphill battle vs. Mountaineers - Post Standard

Endres no longer a Husky, Box will start Saturday - The UConn Blog

Cards can exorcise a wealth of demons by beating Connecticut - Card Chronicle

Pitt's defense prepared for Rutgers' wildcat - PPG

Rutgers' leaky offensive line facing a major test against Pittsburgh - Star Ledger
"Unit ranks 120th and last nationally in sacks allowed per game"

Injured Rutgers player Eric LeGrand's condition not expected to change soon, expert says - Star Ledger

Offense clicking for Collaros - Cincinnati Enquirer

We Should Really Dislike Cincinnati More - Voodoo Five

Big East Preview -

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 8 preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

(All times listed are Eastern Daylight)

College Football TV Schedule: Week 8 - NCAAFB FanHouse

South Florida Bulls vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
Tonight at 8 pm from The Nip on ESPN 2 & 3. Cinci is giving 8

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Ketchup Pit on MASN, SNY & ESPN3. Pitt is giving 13.

Connecticut Huskies vs. Louisville Cardinals - ESPN
3:30 pm Saturday from the Pizza Joint on ESPNU. Cards are giving 3.

Your Main Event

Syracuse Orange vs. (20) West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Mountaineer Field on ESPN 2 & 3. WVU is giving 13.5.

Video of Interest:

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

With another Nooner tomorrow, most of us will be eating breakfast at the tailgate, so...

Breakfast Casserole III

Prep Time: 15 Min / Cook Time: 1 Hr 20 Min / Ready In: 1 Hr 35 Min


6 baking potatoes
1 pound ground pork sausage
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, sliced
2 teaspoons seasoning salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
12 eggs, lightly beaten
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

Prick potatoes with a fork, place on a medium baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes, or until tender but firm. Remove from heat, cool, peel, and cube.

Cook and stir sausage in a medium saucepan over medium heat until evenly browned; drain.

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir potatoes and onion into saucepan, and cook until potatoes are browned and onion is tender, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with seasoning salt. Place potato mixture in the prepared baking dish. Cover with sausage. Sprinkle with cheese, top with eggs, and season with salt and pepper.

Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until eggs are fully cooked.

[Recipe and image courtesy of]

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Pickings were slim this week.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous Colombian model/actress who can be seen weekly displaying her assets and comedic skills on one of the funniest TV shows in a long time, Modern Family. Here's Sofia Vergara (pic links to a gallery).

Miller Lite/Sofia Vergara image via