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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Baylor Pre-Game (9/28/12) Edition

Baylor previews, player/coach features, Big 12 roundup & viewing guide, tailgate prep & much more

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What You May Have Missed:

Commissioner Bowlsby, Director Luck To Hold News Conference - WVillustrated
Watch the news conference LIVE on WVi at 10 am

Unanswered questions: Texas, BYU have a lot to prove in Week 5 -
The tune-up is over; now the games begin. Can West Virginia's defense slow teams down enough to win seven or eight conference games? Can the Baylor defense slow down anybody? Can Oklahoma State tamp down the mistakes? Is Texas' offense as good as it looked against New Mexico and Ole Miss? We actually begin to get some answers this week, and both of these games could be wonderfully exciting.

2012 Heisman Horse Race, Week 4: Only the gaudiest survive -
Geno is still #1 in the merit based points system, despite only honorable mention points this week. Tavon gets noted as the #7 performer last week.

Braun named Semifinalist for NFF Campbell Trophy - WVU Athletics
Jeff Braun named a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy

News of Note:

BCS impact games, Week 5: West Virginia, it's your time to shine -
West Virginia's finally fought its way to the highest level of college football, making its Big 12 debut against Baylor in Morgantown. Elsewhere, the SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 have biggish conference battles going on.

Video: Baylor-West Virginia preview - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
West Virginia begins its first Big 12 campaign by hosting Baylor in a Top 25 showdown.

No. 7 West Virginia set for first Big 12 game in program history - Daily Athenaeum
No more tune-ups. Big 12 Conference play has arrived.

West Virginia vs. Baylor Game Preview - WVillustrated
The No. 8 ranked West Virginia University Football Team plays their first Big 12 contest this Saturday against the No. 24 Baylor Bears at Mountaineer Field.

A Difficult Challenge - WVU Athletics
Stats may serve better than words when describing the Big 12.

West Virginia ready to go with scoring flow in Big 12 – USA Today
Seventh-ranked Mountaineers, averaging 47 points in 3-0 start, could fit right in nation's most offensive-minded league

Players Task: Focus on Baylor, Not History - WVMETRONEWS.COM
For No. 9 West Virginia's first Big 12 game, Dana Holgorsen wants his players to embrace the energy of the moment without overstating its enormity.

Challenge is similar to those of the 1950s - Register-Herald
WVU ushers in new era Saturday

Toughest Schedule Ever? - WVU Athletics
Some tough sledding ahead in the Big 12.

Big 12 Football is Fast Paced - WVU Athletics
Baylor is not going to take the air out of the ball the way Maryland did.

WVU football: Baylor offense poses problems - Charleston Daily Mail
"Just wait until you see Baylor's splits," West Virginia defensive coordinator Joe DeForest said.

Mountaineers dealing with Baylor's tempo - Charleston Gazette
Hickman's Notebook

WVU to go against high-tempo offense - Times West Virginian
This week’s challenge for the West Virginia University Mountaineers in their historic first Big 12 game against Baylor at noon Saturday at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium is to get ready for the hare.

Baylor vs. WVU Preview Part II: DeForest, DeTrees, and DeFense. - Our Daily Bears
Baylor's offense gets its own turn to stake a claim in the second half of our preview for Saturday's game.

WVU’s Smith looks for solid start in Big 12 play - Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Whether it’s the shootout everyone expects or just a low-scoring defensive struggle, West Virginia’s Geno Smith will be ready for anything in his Big 12 debut.

West Virginia's Smith, Bailey connect on faith, football field - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"One thing that I know, win or lose, I still have a lot to live for. It's only a game," said Smith.

No regrets for Baylor QB - Charleston Gazette
Florence OK with burning redshirt as RG3's backup last year

Baylor no stranger to Mountaineer coaches - Register-Herald
For starters, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen knows Baylor head coach Art Briles about as well as a toddler knows peanut butter and jelly.

Hate Springs Eternal -
Priddy looks at WVU's lack of rivalries in the Big 12

Around the League (and Beyond):

What to watch in the Big 12: Week 5 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 5 preview - ESPN
Ubben previews the WVU/Baylor game in the header video

Musings over Baylor's depth chart vs. WVU - Our Daily Bears

2012 Game IV: Iowa State vs Texas Tech Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Kansas Football 2012: Offensive Overview - Rock Chalk Talk

Snyder and Klein: Just two peas in a pod - Manhattan Mercury

Sooners Lacking In Talent? - Crimson And Cream Machine

OSU offensive line No. 1 in QB protection - Tulsa World

Longhorns see improvement in pass protection - Dallas Fort Worth Star Telegram

Keys to the Game: TCU @ SMU - Frogs O' War

Taking Notes | Texas Tech vs. Iowa St. - Viva The Matadors

What's On Tap:

No. 21 Women's Soccer Travels to TCU - WVU Athletics
No. 21-ranked West Virginia women’s soccer team travels to TCU for its first Big 12 road match on Friday, Sept. 28. Kickoff is slated for 8 p.m. ET at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.

#25 Baylor Bears vs. #9 West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
Noon Saturday from MPS on FX. Mountaineers are giving 11.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from Jack Trice on FCSC(?). ISU is getting 3.

#15 TCU Horned Frogs vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs - Preview - ESPN
7 pm Saturday from Gerald Ford Stadium on FSN affiliates. Frogs are giving 16.

#12 Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
7:50 pm Saturday from Boone Pickens Stadium. Pokes are getting 2.5.

2012 College Football TV Schedule
Full TV listings here

Video of Interest:

Officially 11 months in the making, this has actually been decades in the making. Big things are HERE:

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Big Bear Stew


  • 4 pounds bear meat
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 pounds red potatoes, diced
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms
  • 5 carrots, sliced
  • 2 turnips, cubed


  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour, oregano, salt and pepper. Place bear meat in the bowl a little at a time and coat well.
  • Heat oil and butter in a large skillet. Fry the bear meat until browned. Let drain on paper towels.
  • Fill a large Dutch oven with 2 to 3 quarts water. Add bear meat, onions, beef broth, bay leaves, potatoes, mushrooms carrots and turnips. Cook on medium-high heat for 2 to 3 hours. Add more water as needed.
  • Reprinted from

    Video of (Dis)Interest:

    Miss Throwdown:

    With the official first Big 12 game tomorrow, I'm breaking out one of the big guns here. Familiar visitors know today's Miss Throwdown as the future Mrs. WVUIE97. The rest of the world knows her as a VS Angel from South Africa. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Candice Swanepoel. AND because I care, HERE'S a bonus gallery.