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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (8/28/12) Edition


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T-Minus 4 Days

Today, we have plenty of predictions to go through: bowls, conference winners, big games, etc. Geno's Heisman candidacy is also discussed at length, as well as Garrison's ongoing health status and availability. Both coaches for Saturday's game were highly complimentary of each others' team yesterday and Oliver Luck stopped by Sportsline last night. Caleb gets us up to date on Mountaineers in the NFL and we also have the usual Big 12 roundup and much, much more...

What You May Have Missed:

As Luck Would Have It ... - WVMETRONEWS.COM
Oliver Luck, West Virginia's director of athletics and emissary of etiquette, was a studio guest Monday night on "Sportsline with Tony Caridi."

Video: 2012 Heisman Trophy preview - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Todd Blackledge, Kirk Herbstreit and Scott Van Pelt looks at some dark horses and favorites for the 2012 Heisman.

Holliday Says Geno Smith Should Win Heisman - WVillustrated
Marshall Head Coach 'Doc' Holliday had plenty of compliments for WVU Quarterback Geno Smith, whom he recruited to WVU when he was an assistant there.

Harris: WVU’s Smith for Heisman? Not so fast - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Holgorsen made the decision after meeting with members of WVU’s sports communications staff not to go overboard with Smith’s Heisman candidacy.

Silva Named Athlete of the Week -
Varsity Sports Report

Mountaineers Top Hatters -
The No. 9 West Virginia University men’s soccer team used a first-half goal from freshman Jamie Merriam en route to a 1-0 victory over Stetson on Monday afternoon at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in the final match of the WVU Nike Classic.

On The Mark: Week 1 - ESPN
An ignorant slut no more (for the time being, at least)

2012 College Football Bowl Projections: LSU, Oregon To Meet Again -
Sweet as Sugar

Big 12 bowl projections: Week 1 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Cotton here

NCAA College Football BCS Bowl Projections - Preseason - ESPN
Fiesta and BWW here

Experts pick 2012 college football conference winners, title game - ESPN
Only Schlabach and Nowkhah have us picked

Big 12 power rankings: Week 1 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

2012 Big 12 preseason predictions - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
You aren't going to like #6, but there's not much argument (other than the coaching situation)

Panthers Place Brandon Hogan On IR - WVU Pros
The team feels Hogan can be a starter for them based upon what they have seen when he practices and his play in the last three games last season.

Mortty Ivy Waived By the Steelers - WVU Pros
Ivy confirmed to SteelersDepot that he was waived due to a hamstring injury he suffered during the Steelers game on Saturday night

Mountaineers on NFL Rosters After the First Round of Cuts - WVU Pros
Here is a list of Mountaineers currently on NFL rosters.

News of Note:

Time for Coal Bowl to go away - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Truer words have not been printed of late

Holgorsen Undecided About Playing Garrison - WVillustrated
Holgorsen is unsure if Garrison will play this week. He also discussed the opener against Marshall in his first Big 12 teleconference of the season.

No decision made yet on Garrison redshirt - Charleston Gazette
Less than a week before the season begins, Dana Holgorsen still isn't sure how many running backs he will have at his disposal - not just for Saturday's opener against Marshall, but for the entire season.

WVU football: Garrison back on the shelf - Charleston Daily Mail
Running back Dustin Garrison had a setback last week in his recovery from December's ACL tear and isn't certain for Saturday's season-opener or beyond.

Alston Will Carry the Load - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register/AP
Senior tailback is WVU’s bruiser

Smith sets a lofty standard for himself - Charleston Gazette
"Coach Holgorsen has gotten to know me and he knows that I hold myself to a higher standard than anybody else possibly can.

Casazza column: Stick/draw could be WVU’s new calling card - Charleston Daily Mail
What is unusual about WVU's package play is that it can be a pass or a run.

State of Preparation - BGN
Dana Holgorsen spent the last week studying film from every game Marshall played in the 2011 season. He came away with one lasting impression: the Thundering Herd played harder against West Virginia than against any other opponent it faced all season.

Holliday notes WVU’s preseason hype - Times West Virginian
By the time you got through listening to Holliday talk about WVU, you wondered if his Thundering Herd would show up Saturday, although Holliday dismissed any talk about that.

‘Expecting their best’ - Register-Herald
Holgorsen likens Friends of Coal Bowl to Houston’s 2009 upset of OSU

Special teams predicted to make impact in 2012 - Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia Mountaineers enter the Big 12 with a high-powered, name-brand offense, accompanied by new schematics on defense. But one constant is the personnel on Mountaineer special teams.

Nehlen says Mountaineers could have a ‘great year’ - Register-Herald
Mickey's Notebook

Veteran Miller Back in the Fold -
Pat Miller is one of four upperclassmen in West Virginia's secondary this fall.

Around the League (and Beyond):

College Football Schedule 2012: 25 Games That Will Decide The National Title -
#22 & #4

Teams discuss what it takes to win Big XII - Times West Virginian

Dawn For New Big 12 - BGN/AP

The Contenders For The Big 12 Crown And Their Flaws - Cowboys Ride For Free

Baylor RB, WRs, TE, OL on preseason watch lists for national awards - Baylor Proud

Football: Klein, Knott to anchor defense one last time - Ames Tribune

Crist’s one last chance to put it all together - Kansas City Star

Season projection: K-State - Kansas City Star

Sooners Release Updated Depth Chart For UTEP Game - Crimson And Cream Machine

Managing OSU's various uniforms, gear a time-consuming task - Tulsa World

No. 8: Texas - Pre-Snap Read
I do believe this is the last of the Big 12 entries

TCU's youngsters are a cause for concern - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Five players Texas Tech is counting on in 2012 - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Penn State trustee: 'Child gone wild' NCAA has 'lost its moral compass' -
Pot meet Kettle

Video of Interest:

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is yet another breathtaking Brazilian. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Gianne Albertoni (gallery much better than the video).