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The Shotgun/Throwdown: New Digs (9/25/12) Edition

Today we have more re-rankings, Baylor previews, defensive articles, your daily Big 12 roundup and Caleb recaps Bruce's big night last night.

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What You May Have Missed:

BCS Standings Simulation, Week 5: Notre Dame Hype Won't Be With Us Long -

Week 5 Re-Ranking - Pre-Snap Read

E.J. Manuel, AJ McCarron rise in Heisman Watch after Week 4 - Cory McCartney -
#1 here

Silva Named Athlete of the Week -
Varsity Sports Report

Thorn’s crossroads celebrated - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
West Virginia round-ball royalty visited the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton on Sunday afternoon to participate in a celebration honoring one of the city’s most famous favorite sons, Rodney King “Rod” Thorn.

Bruce Irvin Survives All The Way To The NFL - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Rick Reilly on Seattle Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin surviving a life of drugs and crime and making it all the way to the NFL.

Bruce Irvin Sacks Aaron Rodgers Twice On Monday Night Football - WVU Pros
Aaron Rodgers, 2011 NFL MVP, was sacked five times all of last season.

News of Note:

Big Things Are Here - BGN
With nonconference play behind West Virginia now, the attention has finally shifted to the Mountaineers’ first Big 12 game.

Wait is over for WVU, Big 12 - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Mountaineers entertain unbeaten Baylor Saturday

WVU's Holgorsen: "It is Conference Time" - WVillustrated
Mountaineers prepare for a new opponent that will become a mainstay on future schedules in the Big 12.

WVU’s set for Big 12 matchup versus Baylor - Times West Virginian
A sellout crowd for homecoming is expected to make this even more of an event than it might have been.

Holgorsen Expects 'Festive' Saturday - WVMETRONEWS.COM
"I thought the energy and excitement for last week was very average, not only from a players standpoint but also a coaches standpoint and from an atmosphere standpoint," he said. "I expect that to be totally different this week."

WVU defense on hot seat in Big 12 opener - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia and Baylor are known to put more than a few points on the scoreboard.

WVU defense must improve quickly - Daily Athenaeum
Last weekend, the Maryland Terrapins proved that West Virginia’s defense is going to need noticeable improvements heading into Big 12 Conference play, which begins Saturday at home against Baylor.

WVU ‘D,’ fans must have short memories - Register-Herald
What’s wrong with the defense?

Just another Saturday? - Charleston Gazette
Holgorsen stresses focus as WVU preps for Big 12 opener

RB Garrison’s role to increase - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
WVU football notebook

Big 12 football: Bigger stage awaits WVU, Texas meeting - Charleston Daily Mail
Casazza's Notebook

Don’t sweat WVU's slight poll dip - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVU football: Baylor quarterback Florence fills void left by Griffin III - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think he's been just exactly what we thought we'd get out of him," Bears Coach Art Briles said.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Though frightful at times, Bears' win profound - Waco Tribune

Iowa State football: Cyclones hopes to re-use Texas Tech blueprint - Des Moines Register

Kansas Football 2012: A Cause For Optimism? Is Depth The Main Culprit? - Rock Chalk Talk

K-State serves notice it’s a team to be reckoned with - Kansas City Star

Sooners Suspended Defensive Tackle Will Not Return Until After Notre Dame Game Per Report - Crimson And Cream Machine

TEXAS vs OKLAHOMA STATE PREVIEW, PART 1: Speed kills. - Cowboys Ride For Free

Longhorns Injury Updates: Fera, Hicks, Bergeron Haven't Practiced, Will Be Evaluated This Week - Burnt Orange Nation

Gary Patterson issues challenge to TCU offense - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Difference in play signals 2012 start better than similar 3-0 mark in 2011 for Red Raiders - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Video of Interest:

WVU senior running back Shawne Alston has battled numerous injuries over his career to
stake his claim as the Mountaineer running back to go to when the tough yards are required.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is another German model. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Jordan Carver.