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The Event has finally arrived. Tomorrow's game day!!! But if we're not at the game tailgating, that means we have almost all of Saturday to wait as well. I've got all your pre-game preparation right here in one, handy-dandy link dump (Only, I prefer the term sanitary disposal area). Can WVU tame the Bayou Bengals? The world will find out tomorrow. 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. I'm also still looking for more Game Watches to post Saturday morning. Enjoy your weekend and the game!!! The show starts inside...
What You May Have Missed:
Game Scout by The Sports Xchange - WVillustrated.com
Facts, stats and everything else you wanted to know about this game
SEC Preview, Week 4: ManifeSECt Destiny Marches On - NCAAFB FanHouse
No surprise here, they like LSU
Week 3 Poll - Stiff Arm Trophy
Noel is up to #15 from #20 last week
News of Note:
Big Easy? Not Really - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Plus, the "Big Easy" is Naw'lins, not Baton Rouge
Campus Connection - MSNsportsNET.Com
News, notes and tidbits....make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom (there's a big space in there for some reason)
Offensive plans up in air for LSU - Times West Virginian
Secondary to none - Charleston Gazette
WVU's Smith, Bailey know LSU DB Peterson well
High School Reunion - WVMETRONEWS.COM
More on the Geno/Stedman/Peterson connection
Musings of a Mountain Man: LSU Week - WVillustrated.com
Random thoughts editorial notebook
David Lockwood: It's Miller Time - WVMetroNews.com
Video - "Lockwood talks about sophomore Pat Miller, who is filling in for Brandon Hogan and if Hogan will play on Saturday in Baton Rouge."
Stedman Bailey Emerging as Viable Option for WVU Offense - WVillustrated.com
...I'm anxious for Sticks/IMac to emerge as well
FEDEX Field Adds Two High-Profile College Football Games to Schedule - WVillustrated.com
Lost in WVU's news is the fact that Texas just got a gimme against Maryland in 2018.
WVU Signs Deal To Play At FedExField - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Includes audio interview with Larry Michaels of the Washington Redskins
BYU game worth the trip for WVU - Charleston Gazette
From the Enemy Camp:
And The Valley Shook
The SBNation LSU blog...check back here often for more enemy news. These guys seem really cool, so please don't treat them like we do Pitt, Maryland, Marshall, etc fans.
Dissecting Gary's Crowtons - And The Valley Shook
Seems their OC is as popular as the T-1000, maybe less
Making them miss - 2theadvocate.com
LSU is worried about Devine
Blue impressed Ridley with work in practices - 2theadvocate.com
"WVU no stranger to facing SEC competition"
LSU Beat - Shreveport Times
Many articles here
LSU Tigers - Times Picayune
Their main page with many to choose from
Around the League (and Beyond):
Miami blows away Pitt, 31-3 - PPG
And just when you thought it couldn't get worse...
Another Pitt football player is arrested - PPG
UConn's Jordan Todman out for Buffalo game - The UConn Blog
You mean Edsall actually revealed an injury status?
USF freshman QB Eveld learns on fly - Tampa Tribune
Cue the R Kelly music
UC's Pead ready to run - Cincinnati Enquirer
Behind that line?
What's On Tap:
(All tImes listed are EDT)
Buffalo Bulls vs. Connecticut Huskies - ESPN
Noon Saturday from the Rent on SNY and ESPN3. Huskies are giving 20.
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN
3:30 pm from Piscataway on ESPNU. UNC is giving 1.5.
Colgate Raiders vs. Syracuse Orange - ESPN
3:30 pm from the Dome on ESPN3. Cuse is giving 28.5.
(8) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Cincinnati Bearcats - ESPN
6 pm from Nippert on ESPN 2 & 3. Sooners are giving 13.5.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. South Florida Bulls - ESPN
7:05 pm from Ray Jay on MASN and ESPN3. Bulls are giving 27.5.
And in your main event of the day:
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. LSU Tigers - ESPN
9 pm from Death Valley on ESPN 2 & 3. Tigers are giving 10.
Video of Interest:
Tailgate Recipe of the Week:
Tailgate Gumbo Recipe - courtesy of www.gumbocooking.com
1 1/4 cup dry roux
5 cups water
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
2-10 oz. packages of frozen onions and green pepper
1-22 oz. package of Tyson Grilled Chicken Breast Strips cut into bite size pieces
1 pound lean smoked sausage diced or sliced
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Mrs Dash Original seasoning
1 Packet Herb OX Sodium Free Chicken Bouillon
Put water, chicken broth, frozen onion and green pepper along with the dry roux in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil stirring constantly until the dry roux is blended well. This will take a couple of minutes as the dry roux will want to float.
Add sausage, all seasonings and bouillon. Reduce heat and cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add the chicken, stir and simmer for 40 minutes. Stir gently every 10 minutes.
Serve with rice, potato salad and french bread. Yummy on a cold day while tailgating and enjoying your pregame activities. Will make 8-10 servings.
Video of (Dis)Interest:
Today's Miss Throwdown is your weekly "Turn" in the magic of Hump Day. A veteran swimsuit and lingerie model as well as the usual better half to notorious WVU hat wearer Leonardo DiCaprio, here's one of my favorites, Bar Refaeli.
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