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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (10/22/12) Edition

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More K-State fallout (think nuclear), rankings, Heisman & Bowl projections, Huggs & scrimmage recap, Big 12 roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
In the Monday edition of Gold and Blue Now hears from members of the WVU Football team after their blowout loss to Kansas State on Saturday

2012 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 9 - ESPN
BCS #19, AP #25 & Coaches #22

Heisman Watch - NY Times
Running back Kenjon Barner is at the heart of an award-worthy Oregon team, and Geno Smith will have to play nearly perfect for West Virginia to overcome his last two games and remain in contention for the Heisman Trophy.

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 9 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections Week 8 - ESPN
BWW and Alamo

Huggins: ‘We’re in this to win’ - Times West Virginian
First, this is a totally different team from last year’s, as promised by Huggins, a team that is deep in guards, can make 3-point shots and can rebound. Second, it is a team intent on having a huge season.

West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins uses wit and charm to reintroduce himself to the Big 12 Conference. - FOX Sports on MSN
Huggins was also a key player in steering West Virginia toward the Big 12, pointing out several times Wednesday that he was a part of the conversations and thinking that led to the change.

Kilicli shines in WVU intrasquad scrimmage - Charleston Gazette
Deniz Kilicli scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds, hit 9 of 14 shots from the field and 8 of 10 from the foul line and led the Gold team over the Blue 94-80 Friday night in an intrasquad scrimmage at the WVU Coliseum.

Video: Post Scrimmage Hoop Interviews - BGN
Jabarie Hinds and Deniz Kilicli offer their views on West Virginia's play in the Gold and Blue Debut

Men’s Soccer Falls at No. 2 Akron - WVU Athletics
Two goals in the first five minutes of each half by No. 2 Akron proved to be the difference as the No. 20 West Virginia University men’s soccer team fell, 2-1, in Mid-American Conference action on Saturday evening at First Energy Stadium.

News of Note:

Holgorsen, WVU at a crossroads - Register-Herald
What a difference a couple of weeks can make.

WVU in shambles - Martinsburg Journal
West Virginia University's once-proud football team has slipped into shamble status.

Kansas State 55, West Virginia 14: Unsafe at any speed - Sunday Morning Quarterback
Tortoise bludgeons hare in another affirming road upset for the Wildcats.

'This is as low as it gets' - Charleston Gazette
Smith vows to improve in wake of second straight blowout loss

HERTZEL COLUMN: Smith takes blame, vows to right ship - Times West Virginian
“I am going to do that. I am going to dig deep. I have to look at myself in the mirror and just figure out ways to get better.”

When the offense stutters, the Mountaineers suffer - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
WVU has bye weekend

Time to regroup - Times West Virginian
“Is there ever a good time?” asked offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson when asked if this off-week wasn’t arriving at a good time.

A search for answers on offense - Pittsburgh Tribune
West Virginia football notebook

Mountaineers to take closer look at offense during off week - Charleston Daily Mail
"I don't know that I have the answer," WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "If I did, I would have answered it in the game."

After two losses in a row, what now for West Virginia? - USA Today
Here are three steps Dana Holgorsen and his staff must take to fix what ails the Mountaineers

West Virginia coaches search for defensive remedy - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Young unit torched in past two games

DeForest and the hazards of no 'D' - Charleston Daily Mail
There's no silver lining here. DeForest is more accurate with his assessment than the new Heisman frontrunner, Collin Klein, was for No. 4 K-State here under the lights and in front of a national television audience.

Monday Morning WVU Stock Report - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Examining the ups and downs, the dividends and downticks, from West Virginia's 55-14 loss to Kansas State

K-State Shows The Way - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
''That's the most well-coached team in the league,'' DeForest said.

Around the League (and Beyond):

What we learned in the Big 12: Week 8 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Big 12 power rankings: Week 9 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Final: Texas 56, Baylor 50. - Our Daily Bears

'Horns Survive High-Scoring Affair Against Baylor - Burnt Orange Nation

INSTANT REACTION: Oklahoma State 31, Iowa State 10 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Iowa State vs Oklahoma State Recap - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Sooners Dominate Jayhawks 52-7 - Crimson And Cream Machine

Inside the Numbers: TCU Falls in 3 OT Thriller - Frogs O' War

Post Game Thoughts | Texas Tech Red Raiders 56, TCU Horned Frogs 53 - Viva The Matadors

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

College GameDay Final: Week 8 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

2 long weeks of reflection

Video of Interest:

Amanda Mazey and Jed Drenning break down West Virginia's 55-14 loss to fourth-ranked Kansas State on Saturday,

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown continues the long line of gorgeous Brazilians in this spot. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Analu Campos.