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The Shotgun/Throwdown: UConn Gameday (10/29/10) Edition

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Bounce back, rebound...these are the terms being thrown around for both schools involved in tonight's game. You'd think it was mid-February. But it's not. It's the last of October. Both teams have something to prove tonight. Which is most capable? On paper, it's WVU. But that was also the case last weekend and we all know how that turned out. It's your gameday edition of the Shotgun/Throwdown. Come inside and get caught up with all the news before tonight's game (with a little bit extra to entertain you). 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"). Have a great and safe Halloween weekend!! Make like Van Halen in 1984 and "Jump"...

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

What You May Have Missed:

Connecticut Preview - Mountaineer TV
MSN's Tony Caridi visits with West Virginia coach Bill Stewart during Tursday's walk through at Rentschler Field.
HCBS says they're trying to find their identity. Shouldn't that have happened before now?

West Virginia at UConn matchups - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU has Connecticut’s number - Parkersburg News and Sentinel

UConn Announcer Joe D'Ambrosio Interview -

That’s a wrap: Chat transcript is ready - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

WVU football chat transcript 10.28.2010 - 'Eers to the Ground

Atkins' book offers rare insight into lives of WVU student-athletes - WVUToday

Mountaineers Face Steep Climb Back to Top of Big East - NCAABB FanHouse
Basketball, that is

Head Coach Mike Carey - Mountaineer TV
Head coach Mike Carey talks about the team's closed scrimmage last Sunday and preparations for the opening of the season.

Butler Comfortable Without Heat - WVMETRONEWS.COM

King of Style Collegiate Jersey Design Contest [Ed. WVU's Entry] - Facebook
Do me a favor, if you are on Facebook, "Like" this: USAC Collegiate Cycling and then come back to this link to "Like" the WVU entry (you have to like the profile before you can like the picture...SMH, I know). Just trying to help WVU win another one. Thanks.

News of Note:

Bounce back time for WVU? - Charleston Gazette

UConn, WVU looking to rebound - Register-Herald (AP)

West Virginia looks to bounce back against Connecticut - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

West Virginia hopes to limit mistakes at Connecticut - PPG

West Virginia knows what’s at stake for rest of season - Inter-Mountain

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

WVU expecting UConn blitz tonight - Times West Virginian

Huskies know what to do with talented tailbacks - Charleston Daily Mail

Mountaineers looking to run more - Charleston Daily Mail

Noel Devine is Not Acting Like Noel Devine -

WVU's Geno Smith Focused on What's Next -

Geno ready to bounce back - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Quarterback Geno Smith - Mountaineer TV
Geno Smith talks about the team's loss against Syracuse and the importance of winning at UConn.

Keith Tandy - You Tube
Feature from Mountaineers360

WVU's Thomas believes players should get paid - Charleston Daily Mail

Did you know? Week 9 - ESPN

What to watch in the Big East, Week 9 - ESPN

Bill Stewart will not hear your projections - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

Spooky time for WVU, UConn head coaches - Charleston Gazette

Lesser-known coaches having successful seasons - Charleston Daily Mail
Coincidental timing? Me thinks not.

From the Enemy Front

West Virginia (5-2) At UConn (3-4) - Hartford Courant
Game Preview

UConn Has Never Beaten West Virginia; That's Unlikely To Change Friday - Hartford Courant

West Virginia's Noel Devine Has Been Trouble For UConn - Hartford Courant

Interactive Depth Chart: West Virginia At UConn - Hartford Courant
This is just cool

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big East needs to add more teams to conference - Charleston Daily Mail
And I need Candice Swanepoel to show up at my door (soon preferably)...tell us something we don't know

BIG EAST Midweek Football Report -

Big East Report: Conference Balance Turns to Chaos - NCAAFB FanHouse

UConn Shifts Practice Habits Because of Alleged Spy - NCAAFB FanHouse

A Look Inside The Computers That Help Make Up The BCS - Part I - Cardiac Hill

Rogers is No. 1 for UC Bearcats - Cincinnati Enquirer

Syracuse vs. Cincinnati: We Could Get Used To This Winning Thing - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician

Burns has stabilized a once-shaky Louisville secondary - Courier-Journal

Pitt's adapts, finds some consistency, too - PPG

Rutgers notebook: Playing with injury set back RB Joe Martinek - Star Ledger

Bulls want sixth season for WR Love - Tampa Tribune

The Big 12′s Double Standard - Pre-Snap Read

Forget a Playoff and Focus on Scheduling - The Quad/NY Times
"For the most part, teams play three non-conference games, which they schedule themselves. This explains why Florida has not played a non-conference game out of state since 1991, when the Gators lost to Syracuse"

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 9 preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

(All times listed are Eastern)

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
8 pm tonight at the Rent on ESPN2/ESPN3. WVU is giving 6.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Panthers - ESPN
Noon Saturday from Ketchup Field on MASN, SNY and ESPN3. Pitt is giving 9.5.

Syracuse Orange vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Nip on ESPNU. No line is given.

College Football TV Schedule: Week 9 - NCAAFB FanHouse

Videos of Interest:

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Cheese-Stuffed Sausage

6 sausages (you can also use bratwurst if you wish)
2 ounces sliced Monterey jack cheese
1 small onion diced
5 slices of bacon
5 French style rolls or hot dog rolls

This one takes a little bit more work but it's still fairly easy. Cook the sausage thoroughly and then slit down the center. Insert 1/4 a slice of cheese in the center of the sausage and a little bit of diced onion. Wrap bacon around each sausage. Insert toothpicks to keep the bacon still and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Remove the toothpicks. Put in buns and add condiments as desired. You will never cook sausage the same after trying these.

Recipe courtesy of Associated Content

Tailgate Item of the Week:

Custom Team Tailgating Grill - Shop Tailgating Ideas
Customized Margaritaville Tailgate grills for your favorite team. Yes, WVU is available, though there is no image or I would have it here. There is a gallery of other teams from many sports to give you examples.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is so adorable and sad at the same time.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is one of my personal favorites. One of the best UK tabloid girls there is, here's a fine, five page Lucy Pinder gallery (click on the pic) and a couple videos.

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