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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (10/15/12) Edition

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More on the Texas Tech debacle, Geno & the Heisman, bowl predictions, WVUPros update, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

2012 BCS standings, Week 8: Alabama, Florida top season's first official rankings -
#13, the computers like us apparently

2012 bowl projections, Week 8: Alabama, Oregon draw one step closer to each other -
Jason still has us with an at-large in the Sugar

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 8 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Geno Smith still leads Heisman race despite West Virginia's loss to Texas Tech -
In the what have you done for me lately world of college football, it's tempting to conclude that West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith's Heisman chances took a major hit after his team was crushed by Texas Tech, 49-14, on Saturday.

Heisman watch 2012: Geno Smith vs. Collin Klein this week looms large - Sporting News
Question is: Won’t Collin Klein overtake him if K-State wins next weekend in Morgantown?

Etuk Leads Men’s Soccer to Win - WVU Athletics
The No. 21 West Virginia University men’s soccer team defeated Hartwick, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon in front of 887 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

WVU Rifle Defeats No. 12 Ohio State, No. 15 Akron - WVU Athletics
The No. 1 ranked West Virginia rifle team defeated No. 12 Ohio State and No. 15 Akron, on Oct. 13, at Converse Hall, in Columbus, Ohio.

VIDEO: Ellis Lankster Intercepts Andrew Luck - WVU Pros
Ellis Lankster recorded his first career interception against the Colts. Watch the video here.

News of Note:

There Are No Gimmies in the Big 12 - WVU Athletics
WVU found out that life in the Big 12 isn't easy.

WVU in need of win vs. Kansas State - Times West Virginian
Two losses in the Big 12 appear to be too many if you hope to win the championship, which has been WVU’s stated goal for the entire season.

Tech Takes Wind Out of WVU’s Sails - WVillustrated
Mountaineers shy away from excuses when trying to explain how everything went so wrong in Lubbock.

Quarterback dismisses wind as factor in upset - Charleston Daily Mail

WVU football: Smith not his usual self in upset - Charleston Daily Mail
"They did a great job having everybody covered to where (Geno Smith) had to be almost damn near perfect with the ball," WVU quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital said

What went wrong for the Mountaineers? - Charleston Gazette
Smith, defense struggled in lopsided loss to Texas Tech

HERTZEL COLUMN: Offense tips plays prior to snap - Times West Virginian
He noted that when Spain’s left foot was up a bit, a run had been called, and that when it was back a bit, a pass had been called. He then proceeded to call correctly three or four plays in succession.

Trying to clear a cluttered mind after a bad day for the Mountaineers - Register-Herald
So here’s a look at some of what’s been swirling around my cluttered mind.

West Virginia: Poor defensive play exposed - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"We are not ready for prime time yet, I can tell you that," DeForest said. "We got a long way to go in order to get back to playing good enough defense to winning this league."

Defensive debacle did in WVU - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Monday Morning Quarterback

Defensive shortfalls catch up with WVU - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
This time, West Virginia’s shoddy defense was too much for Geno Smith to overcome.

Players have letdown vs. Texas Tech - Pittsburgh Tribune

Defeat a shocker - Martinsburg Journal
The Mountaineers unexpectedly, as a four-point favorite, performed pitifully in all three play phases.

Putting football in perspective - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
When West Virginia University lost by 35 points on Saturday, some rabid Mountaineer football fans suffered a meltdown worse than their favorite team.

Monday Morning WVU Stock Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 49-14 loss at Texas Tech


WVU Recruiting Rundown: 10/12 - Eers Authority
With so many recruiting tidbits surrounding the Mountaineer athletic program, it's time for another installment of Recruiting Rundown. WVU recruiting targets commit elsewhere, prospects visiting other schools and more.

Around the League (and Beyond):

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 7 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Post Game Thoughts | West Virginia Mountaineers 14, Texas Tech Red Raiders 49 - Viva The Matadors

Final: TCU 49, Baylor 21: Turnovers, awful defense doom Bears. - Our Daily Bears

Inside the Numbers: TCU tops Baylor 49-21 - Frogs O' War

Kansas State @ Iowa State Recap: Possession Domination - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Post-Game Exhalation Thread: Kansas State 27, Iowa State 21 - Bring On The Cats

Kansas Falls Short In Rally Against Oklahoma State - Rock Chalk Talk

FULL RECAP: Oklahoma State 20, Kansas 14 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Sooners Demoralize Longhorns In 63-21 Rout - Crimson And Cream Machine

Texas Embarrassed By Oklahoma Yet Again - Burnt Orange Nation

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

College GameDay Final: Week 7 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Men's Basketball Tips with Gold-Blue Debut - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University will tip off the 2012-13 men’s basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut presented by Coke Zero on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the WVU Coliseum. Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6:30 p.m.

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This was awesome:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Sabrina Jane. CLICK HERE for today's gallery.