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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (10/29/12) Edition

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Hoops notes, TCU previews start, bowls, rankings, Soccer, Rifle, WVUPros, Big 12 Roundup & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Monday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Dwight Wallace talks about the bye week, Dana Holgorsen gets his players to focus on the right things and Matt Wells tells us about Haunted Hoops for the WVU Women's Basketball Team

New-look group suits Huggins’ style - Times West Virginian
Bob Huggins finally has his kind of team at West Virginia University.

Ready to pick up the pace - Charleston Gazette
BC transfer Humphrey part of WVU basketball's up-tempo plan

2012 NCAA College Football Polls and Rankings for Week 10 - ESPN
#21 BCS, #23 AP, #19 Coaches

Bowl projections 2012: Oregon over Kansas State and Notre Dame, and life isn't fair -
Interesting matchup here

VARSITY NUMBERS: Adj. Score Revisited - Football Study Hall
Adj. Scores tell us a story similar to what actual scores tell us, but when you strip pace from the equation and you take into account the level of offenses and defenses West Virginia faces on a week-to-week basis, the extreme aspect of the narrative is removed a bit.

Late Goal Defeats Mountaineers - WVU Athletics
A goal by Isaac Kannah in the 84th minute led Northern Illinois to a victory over the West Virginia University men’s soccer team on Saturday afternoon in Mid-American Conference action.

No. 1 Rifle Pushes Win Streak to Five - WVU Athletics
The No. 1 West Virginia University rifle team pushed its win streak to five and defeated No. 12 Navy, 4710-4613, today, at the WVU Rifle Range.

WVU Women’s Basketball AP Preseason No. 17 - WVU Athletics
The preseason ranking is the second highest preseason AP ranking for the Mountaineers and only the third preseason AP ranking in the history of the program.

VIDEO: Will Johnson's First NFL TD Catch - WVU Pros
Catch the video of Will Johnson's first career TD reception.

Cleveland Waives Kevin Jones - WVU Pros
The Cavs waived rookie Kevin Jones to get their roster down to 15 players.

News of Note:

TCU: An Early Look - WVU Athletics
WVU, TCU look to snap losing streaks on Saturday.

Freshmen in spotlight for WVU, TCU - Charleston Gazette
Through seven games, the numbers so far are 12 true freshmen and 20 freshmen overall.

WVU eyes balance between smart, fast - Charleston Gazette
"We haven't played with great tempo,'' Holgorsen said. "When we play best, we have great tempo.''

Mountaineers look to rediscover deep pass - Charleston Daily Mail
There's been one surprise, though. WVU's passing offense has been slowed by those supposedly susceptible defenses.

Dollar cost of WVU's football plummet - Charleston Gazette
If WVU doesn't land in a BCS bowl, it will more than likely land in one of the Big 12's "tier three" bowls.

WVU needs to right the ship - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
It won't take long for Mountaineer fans to discover if head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff have utilized WVU's second, and final, off week of the season to implement the necessary changes needed to right its season.

Five Weeks To Decide If Season Was Success Or Failure - WVillustrated
With five games remaining, WVU can find itself in a BCS bowl game or struggling to become bowl eligible

WVU vs. TCU draws comparisons to 1984 contest - Times West Virginian
There was nothing classic about Kevin White, the quarterback who was on the field for West Virginia University the only other time it faced a team from Texas Christian University, this Saturday’s 3 p.m. opponent in Milan Puskar Stadium.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Final: Iowa State 35 Baylor 21 - Our Daily Bears

Baylor @ Iowa State Recap: Steele's ResurJantz - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Upset Bid Comes Up Short Against Texas - Rock Chalk Talk

Texas Rallies Past Kansas, 21-17 - Burnt Orange Nation

K-State 55, Texas Tech 24: Any more questions? - Bring On The Cats

Post Game Thoughts | Texas Tech Red Raiders 24, Kansas St. Wildcats 55 - Viva The Matadors

Sooners Defense Underwhelms In Loss To Notre Dame - Crimson And Cream Machine

FULL RECAP: Oklahoma State 36, TCU 14 - Cowboys Ride For Free

Ugh-fense: Oklahoma State 36, TCU 14 Postgame analysis - Frogs O' War

College Football Overtime - Stewart Mandel -

College GameDay Final: Week 9 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Big 12 Soccer Championship Field Set - WVU Athletics
With its Big 12 Conference regular season title secured, the No. 14 West Virginia women’s soccer team has earned the No. 1 seed at the 2012 Big 12 Soccer Championship on Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 and 4.

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