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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Tuesday (9/18/12) Edition

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's nationally recognized best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Aguila Beer, in honor of today's Miss Throwdown.

If you're driving in and around Morgantown anytime soon, you may want to make sure you have your sunglasses, even in the most unpleasant weather as the spotlight shining on Geno is intensifying daily. We also have more power rankings (moving up), some perspective on the Maryland series, Big 12 notes from yesterday's teleconference and the usual daily roundup. All of this and more...

What You May Have Missed:

Holgorsen: Maryland Series Will Continue - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"The Backyard Brawl" against Pitt has broken up, and the "Friends of Coal" series against Marshall seems buried, but West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen says the Maryland rivalry will continue.

WVU and Maryland provide a rivalry - Register-Herald
That run of Ws also gave WVU control of the overall series, which it leads 24-21-2. The Mountaineers are 12-9-1 all-time against the Terps in Morgantown.

Simulated BCS Standings, Week 4: Ready For Another Alabama-LSU Rematch? -

P.S.R. 1-124: Week 4 Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read

NCAA College Football Power Rankings Week 3 - ESPN

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 4 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Schwindel Named Athlete of the Week -
Varsity Sports Report

News of Note:

Questions about WVU still to be answered - Daily Athenaeum
I want to know if this defense is capable of keeping an explosive Big 12 offense in check. I want to know if this team is capable of overcoming adversity; something it hasn’t faced yet this season and has struggled to deal with in games last season.

Expecting Greatness - BGN
And in what has to be a frightening statement for Big 12 defensive coordinators, Holgorsen said he has actually seen Smith play better in practice.

Geno's Place at the Table -
Geno Smith has now thrown for more yardage than any other quarterback in West Virginia University history, and he will likely possess just about every single passing record the school has, too, as long as he can get through the remainder of the season in one piece.

Geno Smith tops Matt Barkley as Heisman favorite - Cory McCartney -
WVa's Smith continues to carve up defenses, became school's top passer all-time

2012 Heisman Watch - Heisman Trophy Candidates - ESPN

For Smith, bigger is better - Charleston Gazette
Mountaineer QB reaping benefits of added bulk

WVU football: Geno has all the right moves - Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has completed 66-of-75 passes for 734 yards and nine touchdowns for the eighth-ranked Mountaineers (2-0).

Harris: Don’t call WVU’s Smith a running QB - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“I use my legs to buy time in the pocket and try to find guys open. Overall, I’m not a big threat to run. I know a lot of (media) guys want to make me that. ... I never look for the run. Never have. Never will.”

Another masterful effort from Smith - Inter-Mountain
Eighth-ranked West Virginia (2-0) wasn't as productive in Saturday's 42-12 victory against James Madison as it was in the 69-34 rout of Marshall on Sept. 1.

On The Mark: Week 4 - ESPN
Geno is On the Mark, Precision Passers and Big-Play WRs

Austin, Mountaineers more confident in second year of offense - Daily Athenaeum
Senior inside receiver Tavon Austin and the West Virginia offense are coming together in their second year under the direction of head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Goal Line Stands Help WVU Defense Build Confidence - WVillustrated
The WVU defense made a pair of goal line stands against JMU that could prove to be huge later this season.

Big 12 realities will soon become apparent - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 is ready to heat up after dull few weeks - Charleston Daily Mail/AP

Texas quarterback Ash wins conference honor - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Big 12 notebook

Big 12 teams scoring in bunches - Times West Virginian

Model of Baylor's New Stadium - Our Daily Bears

Better isn't good enough for KU - Kansas City Star

Iowa State football: University weighs benefits of more TV accessibility - Des Moines Register

Snyder upset with Wildcats' preparation - Topeka Capital Journal

Kansas St. At Oklahoma: Sooners Have Reasons For Concern - Crimson And Cream Machine

Cowboys' bye week will be used to make tweaks to offense - Oklahoman

David Ash Named Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU loses grip on poll position after untimely mistakes against Kansas - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Bye Week Film Room | Amaro's First Touchdown Against New Mexico - Double-T Nation

What's On Tap:

Limited Texas Tickets Now Available - WVillustrated
A very limited number of tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 6 Big 12 Conference game at Texas are now available for purchase by 2012 WVU football season ticket holders.

Video of Interest:

This week's edition of Wearing the Jersey, brought to you by Panhandle Cleaning, takes a look at sophomore linebacker Jared Barber. Barber fought his way up the depth chart as a freshmen to win a starting spot in last season's Orange Bowl.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

This is how Western Kentucky beat UK on Saturday:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is Colombian Supermodel Natalia Velez. CLICK HERE for today's gallery.