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We have video of Coach Holgorsen's presser yesterday in which the coach expressed his desire to start better in the second half of games and finish the opponent off. There are also plenty of player and coaches interviews to go along with a few player features and one on Coach Patterson. We have a few notebooks to peruse and Caleb has a few videos from WVU/NFL action this past weekend. All of this, your Big 12 roundup and much more...

What You May Have Missed:

College Football Power Rankings - Andy Staples -
Still #6

Dwight's Maryland Preview -
Video (Warning: Shield your eyes, contains images of UMD uniforms)

Football Player Quotes -
The West Virginia University football players addressed the media Tuesday night.

WVU assistant finds new home, again - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Holgorsen felt it was important to bring Patterson to Morgantown, W.Va., for the same reason Patterson agreed to listen to him: mutual respect.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Robinson takes hard road to HOF - Times West Virginian
Robinson’s life had been a wonderful one. He was a teammate of Bob Huggins in the mid-1970s, one of best big men to play at WVU after coming out of Welch High as one of the nation’s top prep prospects.

NFL Videos Of Bruce Irvin, Ryan Mundy, and Adam Pacman Jones From This Past Weekend - WVU Pros

News of Note:

WVU must be wary of trap game - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Making this writer just a little more concerned is the Mountaineers' impending Big 12 opener against Baylor seven days after Maryland's visit to Morgantown.

WVU football: Defense looking to apply pressure - Charleston Daily Mail
The Mountaineers know they'll give up some high yardage totals when Big 12 Conference play begins, but they say scoring defense is far more important.

Mountaineers Prepare for Inexperienced Maryland Attack - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen discusses the challenges his team will face with a young Terrapins squad this weekend.

WVU football: Holgorsen wants more offensive consistency - Charleston Daily Mail
"We've done a good job of starting fast, but we need to start faster in the second half and we need to finish people,"

Geno Smith not fazed by Heisman, RG3 talk - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
The comparisons? Well, they're inevitable. A quarterback with that kind of efficiency is rare.

WVU quarterback could run - Martinsburg Journal
He said, "Geno could be running with the ball more if we wanted. But that's not our offense.

Smith taking game in stride - Martinsburg Journal
Musselman graduate kicking, punting for WVU

Francis Has New Lease on Linebacking - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"When this defense came in last spring, it was a better fit for me," said Francis, who leads the Mountaineers with 3.5 tackles for loss through two games.

Bruce, Mountaineers turn focus to Maryland - Daily Athenaeum
Bruce thinks the defense needs to improve what he believes is its primary focus – force turnovers.

After redshirt season, Campbell ready to contribute to West Virginia offense - Daily Athenaeum
"At the beginning it was really hard," he said. "About midway through the season, I realized that it was the best thing for me to do.

No "Soft" Spot for Holgorsen - WVMETRONEWS.COM

Blitz control point of emphasis - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Menendez's Notebook

Coach: Reasons to keep Maryland - Times West Virginian
Hertzel's Notebook

Team will continue series with Maryland - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia football notebook

WVU's Maryland Natives Tough on Terps - WVMETRONEWS.COM
The West Virginia roster features 10 players from Maryland, including Baltimore native Terence Garvin who returned a pick-six against the Terps last year.

Video: Football Interviews 9/18 - BGN
Coach Dawson, Geno, Coach Roberts and Alston

WVU Defensive Player and Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Coach Slaughter, Rigg, Miller, Petteway and Kinsey

WVU Offensive Player and Coach Interviews - WVillustrated
Clay, Geno, Tavon, Alston, Coach Spavital, Buie, Coach Gillespie and Campbell

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 maintains narrow lead over SEC - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

How the Conferences Rank, 1-12: Week 4 - Pre-Snap Read

An Open Letter to Coach Art Briles Regarding FreeLache! - Our Daily Bears

Iowa State and Northern Iowa reach football scheduling agreement - Des Moines Register

'Coach' grades Dayne Crist's performance against TCU -

Collin Klein Heisman Watch (Week 3) - Bring On The Cats

OU Football: The Offensive Line Is A Problem, But Just How Big Of One? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State Football 2012: Is Criticism of JW Walsh Fair? - Cowboys Ride For Free

UT's defense can rely on potent offense - Houston Chronicle

Inside the Numbers: TCU Wins 10th Straight - Frogs O' War

In Williams, Tuberville sees similarities to two NFL running backs - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

The BMOC surveys Notre Dame's move, the Heisman race, Holy War and more - ESPN

Video of Interest:

Dana Holgorsen's Tuesday afternoon news conference at Milan Puskar Stadium. Sept. 18, 2012.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Hump Day Video of the Week:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is from the Netherlands. As some have said, "If you ain't Dutch, you ain't much." That's certainly the case for Sylvie van der Vaart. CLICK HERE for today's gallery.