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The Shotgun/Throwdown: JMU Pre-Game (9/14/12) Edition


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The long break between games is just about over. We have plenty of game previews and player features to go through today to go along with a football recruiting update. Tailgate prep is in full swing and we also have the regular Big 12 roundup as well. All of this is inside, plus much, much more.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What You May Have Missed:

WVU football: Attendance may not be there, but price is for Mountaineers - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers are nevertheless guaranteed $2.3 million for the game and were also able to retain the television rights, which went to Root Sports.

WVU expected to draw large crowd at DC game - Charleston Daily Mail
More than 20,000 West Virginia University alumni and fans are expected to show up Saturday at FedEx Field, just outside Washington, D.C., as the Mountaineers play a rare neutral-site football game.

Pro venue not new for WVU - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Playing in NFL stadiums is nothing new for the West Virginia University football team. In the Big East, in fact, it was the norm.

WVU vs JMU Game Watches Across the Country - Updated 9/13 am -
For those who may not be able to get ROOT tomorrow

News of Note:

Week 3: James Madison at West Virginia - College Football News
Week 3 CFN Fearless Prediction – James Madison at West Virginia

No. 8 West Virginia set for capital showdown vs. James Madison - Daily Athenaeum
Senior quarterback Geno Smith and the West Virginia football team will face James Madison Saturday.

Holgorsen hoping for support in Landover - Inter-Mountain
WVU coach says school has a lot of alumni in area

West Virginia vs. James Madison Game Preview - WVillustrated
The Mountaineers head to Washington DC to take on JMU at FedEx Field.

WVU Players Frequently Reminded Of James Madison's Past Success - WVillustrated
WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen is reminding his players of James Madison's big win over Virginia Tech in 2010 throughout the week.

Tony Caridi: WVU Fans Don't Worry -
Tony says Dana Holgorsen will have his team ready and prepared for James Madison on Saturday.

WVU not taking James Madison’s defense lightly - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Madsen making 27th start at center

Up to speed - Times West Virginian
WVU offense has found the right tempo

WVU football: Geno Smith still not a running QB - Charleston Daily Mail
"People want to say I'm some sort of dual-threat now, but I'm not," he said.

Woods' stock on rise as senior WR for West Virginia - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He certainly has had plenty of time to get here.

Freshmen contributing in major way for No. 9 WVU - Herald Dispatch / AP
Linebacker Isaiah Bruce and 18 other players who got their first snaps for No. 9 West Virginia survived their college debuts. After a week off to soak in the experience, they now get to ponder the next challenge -- their first road game.

Switching gears on defense - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineers will adjust for JMU's old-style approach

WVU defense needs improvement - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Unit surrendered 545 yards total offense in win against Marshall

JMU coach heaps praise on Mountaineers - Charleston Gazette
"Your first objective is to get them to punt,'' James Madison coach Mickey Matthews said


Moving from WVU hoops to football recruiting - Charleston Gazette
WVU currently has four commitments from the Keystone State in safety Daryl Worley of Philly, quarterback Chavas Rawlins of Monessen, linebacker Hodari Christian of McKeesport and running back Deshawn Coleman of Hermitage.

Around the League (and Beyond):

What to watch in the Big 12: Week 3 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Video: Weak schedule for Big 12 this week - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Baylor football’s secret weapon: Kaz Kazadi - Baylor Lariat

2012 Game III: Iowa State vs Western Illinois Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Weis, Jayhawks try to make underdog status a positive - Kansas City Star

North Texas knows it must pass against K-State - Kansas City Star

CCM Roundtable: Biggest Concern Heading Into The Bye - Crimson And Cream Machine

Gundy: 84-0 blowout may have hurt Oklahoma State -

Preview: Texas Longhorns vs. Ole Miss Rebels - Barking Carnival

GAME WEEK #2: #15 TCU at Kansas - Frogs O' War

Taking Notes | New Mexico vs. Texas Tech - Double-T Nation

OU, FOX Launch Sooner Sports TV -

Texas Tech and FOX Sports Agree to Multi-Year Media Rights Deal - Double-T Nation

TCU and Fox Sports Announce Tier 3 Media Rights Deal - Frogs O' War

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 3 preview - ESPN

What's On Tap:

Weekend Big 12 TV viewing guide will be a separate post later today

James Madison Dukes vs. (9) West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
4:30 pm ET from FedEx Field in Washington, DC on Root Sports Pittsburgh. WVU is giving 31.

Women's Soccer Closes Out Non-Conference Play -
The West Virginia women’s soccer team closes out its non-conference portion of the season with a pair of home matches this weekend at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The Mountaineers will face Towson on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., and will meet High Point on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m.

2012 College Football TV Schedule
This College Football TV Schedule is manually compiled from media sources, college websites, and a satellite program guide. Last updated: 09/13/2012

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Holy Smoke Ribs



  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper or cayenne

Makes 1/2 cup rub (Enough for up to three slabs of ribs)

  • Apple juice
  • Cooking spray


  1. Combine the rub mixture in a bowl.
  2. Peel silver skin off rib backs.
  3. Spray ribs on both sides with cooking spray.
  4. Apply rub to both sides. (You can also use mustard or keep them naked.)
  5. Heat smoker to between 225 and 250 degrees. I start off with hickory wood for the first 1.5 to 2 hours, then use a mix of hickory and apple.
  6. After about two hours, begin to spray ribs with apple juice. Make sure it is room temperature.
  7. After three hours, place ribs on foil, spray generously with apple juice and sprinkle on some more rub. Wrap them in the foil and return to the smoker for another hour.
  8. Remove ribs from foil and return to the grill/smoker. By this time they should be tender, bendable, and the bones can be pulled away from the meat. You don’t want bones falling out; that means you have cooked them too long.
  9. Total cooking time should be between 3.5 and 5 hours. They are done when they are done; you can’t rush this.

Recipe courtesy The Quad Blog/New York Times

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