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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Wednesday (9/22/10) Edition

Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Franca, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

I love these SEC team game-weeks. I only wish I was attending the game. WVU and LSU tailgating together...all day no less? People in Houston may get a contact buzz, depending on the winds. Lots of coverage today, including more from the enemy. Everybody on the WVU beat is obsessed with Hogan. The Shotgun/Throwdown is like's all 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. Time to make the jump...

What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Report for Wednesday - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Mountaineer Report: Death Valley Ahead -

Football: Bill Stewart Quotes - MSNsportsNET.Com

Quotes from Coach: Week 4 -

The annotated Bill Stewart news conference 9.21.10 By Colin Dunlap - 'Eers to the Ground
Colin breaks down what Coach said and what Coach means.

Football: Player Quotes 9/21/10 - MSNsportsNET.Com

West Virginia-LSU Preview - FOX Sports on MSN

Overlooking West Virginia-LSU is a mistake - Sporting News

WVU Team Report: Mid-Week Report -

2010-2011 Bowl Projections ... Sept. 19 - College Football News

Heisman contenders in the Big East - ESPN
He seems to be adding Geno to join the only other candidate, Noel.

Big East stock report, Week 4 - ESPN
Don't ignore Tavon, Brian.

Forde Yard Dash - ESPN
Includes video of the First Yard, which mentions our game this week.

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -

News of Note:

WVU’s Stewart praises Big East Conference - Inter-Mountain
...and in breaking news, the sky is blue.

LSU will see a different West Virginia University team - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU has several issues heading into LSU contest - Times West Virginian

Twenty Notes - MSNsportsNET.Com
Tony's Take ...and Tony, geaux is theirs, don't use it for WVU, please, at least not without striking through it.

WVU football Q&A answers 9.22.10 - 'Eers to the Ground

Bayou night - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
WVU likes night games too, you know.

Revolving Door - BGN

WVU notebook: Hogan practicing, but will he play Saturday? - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Hogan practicing, being evaluated - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU's Hogan reinstated, but status uncertain - PPG

Could Brandon Hogan play against LSU? - ESPN

WVU’s Hogan back in practice - Register-Herald
My take? He'll play.

Tavon Turning Heads -

Tavon Austin excelling at foreign position - ESPN

WVU Football Videos -
Plenty of player interviews to watch here.

Geno Smith: Handling the Noise -

Ryan Clarke: Amped Up -

Bruce Irvin: Tame the Tiger -

Chris Neild: Statement Game -

Stedman Bailey: Chemistry Connection -

Kudos to WVU, Maryland - Martinsburg Journal
Mickey's Column ...and as Dunlap said in his annotated notes above, it's because VT, UVA and Penn State won't schedule us home and home.

Chuck Landon: Series with WVU like political football - Herald Dispatch
Suck it're the only one still talking about this game at this point in the season.

Don't Bet On It!: Week Four College Football Forecasts Around the SEC - Dawg Sports
I think he's just bitter over UGA's start.

From the Enemy Camp:

And The Valley Shook
The SBNation LSU blog...check back here often for more enemy news. Again, these guys seem really cool, so please don't treat them like we do Pitt, Maryland, Marshall, etc fans.

Note to Self. Drake Nevis: Fan of Chocolate Chip Cookies. Also, Can Russell Shepard do all the... - And The Valley Shook
Worth a look.

LSU coach downplays success - Charleston Gazette
...because the biggest was with Saban's guys.

LSU Notebook for September 22, 2010 -

Mr. Automatic -
Jasper...Josh Jasper...Kicker

Revamped offensive line doing the job for LSU - News Star
Seems we're not the only one with OL issues.

LSU football: Tigers prepare for West Virginia, video - Times Picayune

Around the League (and Beyond):

Another Big Week for the Big East - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Big East up for challenge - Times West Virginian
Hertzel Column

Bearcats not at loss over 1-2 start - Cincinnati Enquirer
They should be.

Freshman defensive linemen are happy they heeded call of Syracuse University football team - Post Standard

Big men up front handling business - Bulls Report/Tampa Tribune
USF has been relegated to "Other Colleges" on their sports page, whereas the "Big 3" still have their own sections.

Bye Week Blues: Predict The Rest of 2010 Football Season in Haiku Form - Card Chronicle
Well done. Be sure to see the comments for the explanation for the banner pic.

Edsall Puts Kuraczea, Endres Back On The UConn Depth Chart - Hartford Courant
"The best guys will play," Edsall said. "That's the bottom line." - 'cause Stone Cold Randy Edsall said so.

Rutgers true freshman tailback Jordan Thomas ready if called upon to start against North Carolina - Star Ledger

Big East Football Notebook: Important weekend for conference teams - Star Ledger
Anybody who expects Rutgers to help this weekend, raise your hands. I thought so.

Win vs. Miami just what Pitt needs - PPG
Anybody expect Pitt to help either?

Pitt launches Pitt Panthers Television - PPG
Glad I don't have Comcast for TV.

Zebra Report: Play Clock-Gate Explained - NCAAFB FanHouse
"The spirit of the delay of game rule is not to "catch" teams who might snap the ball right as the playclock strikes zero. It's to prevent excessive clock milking and to keep the pace of the game flowing." - Raise your hand if you knew that one.

Starting 11: Boise State's Schedule Is Tougher Than Nebraska's - NCAAFB FanHouse
An assortment of thoughts definitely worth the read.

Colorado authorized to move to Pac-10 in 2011 -
Have fun with that.

Leaving Big 12 costs Nebraska, Colorado millions -
The Big 12 will become a 10-team league next year after all in the wake of agreements Tuesday that require Nebraska and Colorado to forfeit a combined $16 million in conference payouts.

Notre Dame, Navy to face off in Ireland in 2012 -
I'd hate to forfeit a home game, but this would be kinda cool.

What's On Tap:

Pittsburgh gamewatch party for LSU/WVU game - 'Eers to the Ground
For those of you in/near the city.

College Football TV Schedule: Week 4 - NCAAFB FanHouse

Videos of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Here's what the New Meadowlands goes through to change from a Giants game on Sunday to a Jets game on Monday night (notice when there's a big play and everybody stands).

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a Peruvian goddess. Here's Anahi Gonzalez.


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