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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (10/11/12) Edition

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Tech previews continue, Holgorsen features, player features, "the streak", WVUPros with Ebanks update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

WVU's rise in the polls began with a meeting in Stillwater, Okla. - Charleston Gazette
"My thought was the Hal Mumme, Mike Leach, Art Briles type of offense would be very hard for Big East teams to stop. And the name at the top of my list was Dana."

Holgorsen pushing West Virginia into national spotlight - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Former Texas Tech assistant will patrol visitors sideline at Jones AT&T Stadium as coach of the nation's No. 5 team

Huggins: 'It's Night & Day, We're Way Better' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The head coach, overall, feeling pretty good about his group of players after an up and down season last year, where West Virginia struggled with so much youth.

WVU Women’s Basketball Preseason No. 2 - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia women’s basketball team was predicted to finish in a tie for second place this season in the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll, as voted by the league’s head coaches.

Devin Ebanks Leads the Bench In Lakers' Loss - WVU Pros
Ebanks was at the head of the Lakers' strengthened bench on Wednesday night.

WVU officials keeping mum about countering potential riots - Charleston Daily Mail
However, it quoted Preston as saying "we mean business . . . it's a full court press."

Musings Of A Mountain Man - WVillustrated
WVi Guest Columnist, John Woolard, addresses the serious issue of "couch-burning" in Morgantown...

‘I have to wear her shirt’ - Times West Virginian
Texas liver recipient keeps memory of young donor — and WVU fan — alive

News of Note:

West Virginia vs. Texas Tech Game Preview - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers head to the Lone Star State for the second straight week as they take on the Red Raiders.

'We're the Team They're Gunning For' - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"Everybody wants to 'welcome' us into the Big 12 and let us know that, coming from the Big East, this is a different conference," he said.

Texas Tech defense needs 'A' game - Charleston Daily Mail
Texas Tech's defense allowed 41 points through three quarters in a home loss to the Sooners last weekend - just two points shy of what it had allowed to everyone else combined in the first four games of the season.

Back-To-Back Trips No Problem For WVU - BGN
West Virginia knew that long road trips would be a part of life in the Big 12.

Mountaineers return to Texas - The Herald Dispatch
Coming off an emotional road victory against No. 15 Texas, the No. 5 West Virginia University football team heads back to the Lone Star State for a Saturday game at Texas Tech.

The last man to intercept Geno Smith - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
South Florida junior safety JaQuez Jenkins walked into the trainer’s room Wednesday morning and glanced at one of the televisions

Geno not concerned with 'silly' streak - Charleston Daily Mail
If he can throw 121 more passes without an interception, he will break Russell Wilson's NCAA record.

Holgorsen, Smith downplaying interception streak - Charleston Gazette
Then again, some things Dana Holgorsen would prefer be left unsaid and under the radar.

WVU offense ready for tough test against Texas Tech defense - Daily Athenaeum
"Defensively, they’re one of the top teams in the country. They have given up 200 yards per game, so people haven’t moved the ball on them," he said.

Mountaineers’ arsenal aims for perfection - Daily Toreador
West Virginia has scored 118 points in the past two weeks but allowed 108, which has caused questions to rise about the ability of the Mountaineers defense to get stops.

Joseph plays through pain - Charleston Daily Mail
He's played all 170 snaps on defense, and a few more on special teams, the past two games and managed 16 tackles.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Buie looks back on breakthrough - Times West Virginian
“What a lot of people don’t know is that’s actually one of the hardest balls to catch when you’re buck-naked wide open in the middle of the field by yourself with 101,000 people watching,” Buie began.

Big 12 stock report: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's a few stocks with rapidly rising or falling values

Around the League (and Beyond):

SEC-Big 12 meet, no update on Champions Bowl site -

The Big 12 Primer: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Point of Attack | West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Viva The Matadors

The Official Farmageddon 2012 Trailer - Wide Right & Natty Lite

K-State now on short list of title contenders - Topeka Capital Journal

VIDEO: Baylor vs. TCU Preview - Our Daily Bears

Midweek Musings: Focus, Unity Required in the Coming Weeks - Frogs O' War

Film Study: Oklahoma Needs Post Bye Week Landry Jones Against Texas - Crimson And Cream Machine

David Ash Is Better Than Landry Jones - Burnt Orange Nation

Kansas vs. Oklahoma State: Charlie Weis Looks Ahead to The Cowboys - Rock Chalk Talk

2012 OSU FOOTBALL, 1ST QUARTER REVIEW: Cowboys still in good position to defend. - Cowboys Ride For Free

College Football Mailbag - Stewart Mandel -

First-and-10: Why Alabama shouldn't be a lock at No. 1 - Sporting News (autoplay video)
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Video of Interest:

MSN's Tony Caridi talks with head coach Dana Holgorsen about the Mountaineers' victory over Texas and what the team can expect from Texas Tech in Lubbock this Saturday.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a UFC ring girl. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Brittany Palmer.

h/t to Jimmy Traina for today's Miss Throwdown and VoDI