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Mountaineer Morning Links: Texas Tech Pre-Game (10/12/12) Edition

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Texas Tech previews, player features, Mountaineer Hoops tipping off, tailgate prep & much much more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Friday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dana Holgorsen previews the upcoming game against Texas Tech and WVU men's basketball forward Deniz Kilicli says they will be running the floor in transition more this season.

Men's Basketball Picked 6th - WVU Athletics
Big 12 preseason poll announced today.

Mountaineers picked sixth in league - Times West Virginian
“If we’re the sixth-best team in the league, it’s a hell of a league.”

Huggins to get raise, extension - Charleston Daily Mail
Luck would not reveal the details, but said they're "looking at adding to both the length and the compensation."

VIDEO: WVU Basketball Players Talk About the Season - WVillustrated
Hinds, Miles, Browne and Turk

Video: Basketball Interviews 10/11 - BGN
Huggs, Turk, Noreen and Hinds

Men's Basketball Non-Conference Ticket Info - WVU Athletics
Tickets for WVU men’s basketball non-conference home games will go on sale Monday, Oct. 15, at 9 a.m.

WVU Ready for Top 20 Showdown - WVU Athletics
The 16th-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team plays host to 20th-ranked Baylor in a critical Big 12 Conference match on Friday, Oct. 12. Kickoff at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. in a matchup between two teams without a conference loss.

From sacking QBs to influencing kids -
Bruce Irvin, the Seahawks’ first-round draft choice, spent Sunday sacking Cam Newton and then spent Tuesday telling his story to kids at the Green Hill School in Chehalis.

Finding The Reason -
More on Nefeterius McPherson's liver transplant donated from a young WVU fan

News of Note:

Alston Will Travel to Lubbock - WVMETRONEWS.COM
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Shawne Alston will travel to Lubbock this weekend, though the senior running back's status remains questionable for the Texas Tech game.

No. 4 West Virginia looks to stay perfect in road tilt with Texas Tech - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia (5-0, 2-0) travels to Texas Tech (4-1, 1-1) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in hopes of earning bowl eligibility for the 11th consecutive year.

WVU to face tough foe in Texas Tech - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"It's all about staying on the grind," head coach Dana Holgorsen explained

Mountaineer D to Face Stiff Test - WVU Athletics
WVU to face another high-powered attack on Saturday.

Texas Tech rolling with Doege ball - Pittsburgh Tribune
Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege played his worst game of the season during last week’s 41-20 home loss against Oklahoma.

Tech confident it can put up points - Inter-Mountain
Red Raiders QB looks forward to playing WVU ‘D’

HERTZEL COLUMN: A short memory is needed - Times West Virginian
“I told Pat, ‘This is a very fickle business. People will boo you one minute and cheer you the next, so you have to put together a consecutive string of good performances,’” Roberts said.

WVU defensive trio show flashes - Times West Virginian
In real life they are safety Karl Joseph, a true freshman out of Orlando, Fla.; SAM linebacker Isaiah Bruce, redshirt freshman out of Jacksonville, Fla., and Buck linebacker Josh Francis, a senior out of Damascus, Md.

WVU’s Bruce and defense gaining confidence - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"We are improving. Our run defense is getting an identity and we are making teams more one-dimensional."

Offense will face some heat - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After years of offense running the show on this West Texas campus, it's the defense that has demanded the attention of the Big 12 Conference.

Texas Tech won’t take many risks on defense - Charleston Daily Mail
Yet it's the Texas Tech defense that's most like No. 5 WVU's offense.

Texas Tech defense could slow down WVU - Register-Herald
Holgorsen's comments may have come partly from respect, but they may have also been a way to keep his team — coming off a big win at Texas and with a showdown with Kansas State looming — motivated on the task at hand.

Red Raider Gridiron | Slowing Down West Virginia - Viva The Matadors
How can Texas Tech slow down West Virginia's high-powered offense?

Holgorsen says Tech tricky, tough - Register-Herald
"They’re a sound, effective defense. They play hard, and their guys always are in position.”

Texas Tech defense, by the numbers - Charleston Gazette
Red Raiders haven’t given up much, but opposition has been suspect

WVU makes opponents ‘prepare for everything’ - Charleston Daily Mail
The nation saw Geno Smith throw the ball 51 times and set school records with 656 yards and eight touchdowns passing against Baylor. Defensive coordinators saw something else.

Texas Tech takes notice of Buie’s breakout game - Charleston Daily Mail
It was a bit of a surprise, however, when WVU's triumvirate of record-setters - quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey - didn't shine the brightest with the eyes of Texas staring upon West Virginia's Big 12 road debut.

Buie putting up big numbers for Mountaineers - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Rushed for 207 yards last week

WVU RB Buie can't wait for next chance - NBC Sports/AP
Thrust into the starting lineup due to injuries, the sophomore has infused some critically needed balance into the Mountaineers' offense over the last two games.

Buie Just Fine With Extra Workload - WVillustrated
Buie has carried the ball 56 times for 311 yards and four touchdowns in the past two weeks.

Opposing view: Texas Tech beat writer Nick Kosmider - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Today we're joined by the newly engaged Nick Kosmider of The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, where he covers Texas Tech:

Geno's draft status and Beano memories - Charleston Gazette
Will Smith be the No. 1 overall draft pick?

QB Geno Smith is College Football's Arist in Residence - Lost Letterman
West Virginia quarterback and Heisman Trophy front-runner Geno Smith was already an artist long before he started turning college football fields into his personal canvas.

Stew’s Legacy Lives On Through His Players - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Bill Stewart's legacy as West Virginia's head football coach is one that will forever be debated.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Week 7 Pickoff - Stewart Mandel -

Big 12 by the numbers: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Taking Notes | West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Viva The Matadors

Keys to the Game: TCU @ Baylor - Frogs O' War

What this game means… - Our Daily Bears

2012 Game VI: Iowa State vs Kansas State Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

K-State's Malone plays corner with an attitude - Topeka Capital Journal

Quick Fire Analysis: Red River Shootout Defensive Advantage - Crimson And Cream Machine

Longhorns' pass D, running could win the Red River Rivalry -

Kansas’ kicking game is one more headache for Charlie Weis - Kansas City Star

Cowboys still eye grand goals - Oklahoman (auto play video)

Big 12 Mid-season Rankings - Tote Bags & Tiaras - Barking Carnival

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 7 preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

All times listed below are ET on Saturday

(5) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm from Jones AT&T Stadium on ABC/ESPN. Mountaineers are giving 4.

(6) Kansas State Wildcats vs. Iowa State Cyclones - Preview - ESPN
Noon from Jack Trice Stadium on FX. Cats are giving 6.5

(15) Texas Longhorns vs. (13) Oklahoma Sooners - Preview - ESPN
Noon from the Cotton Bowl on ABC. Horns are getting 3.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
3:30 pm from Memorial Stadium on FSN affiliates. Pokes are giving 27.5.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. Baylor Bears - ESPN
7 pm from Floyd Casey Stadium on FSN affiliates. Bears are giving 7.

College Football TV Schedule
The times listed inside are CT

Video of Interest:

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins offers his thoughts on the eve of preseason practice.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Bacon-Cheese Dip

  • 1/2 cup sour cream $
  • 1 (4-oz.) package crumbled blue cheese $
  • 1 (3-oz.) package cream cheese, softened $
  • 2 tablespoons diced onion $
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 4 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled $
  • Garnishes: chopped fresh parsley, blue cheese crumbles
  • Assorted crackers
  1. Process first 5 ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Stir in half of bacon. Cover and chill 2 hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Garnish, if desired. Serve with crackers.

Recipe reprinted from

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Dan Rubenstein heads to Austin, TX, to tailgate at the University of Texas as the Longhorns take on the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is a SI Swimsuit model (2011 covergirl) and all around beauty. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Irina Shayk.