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Mountaineer Morning Links: Baylor Pre-Game (10/4/13) Edition

Baylor previews, player features, hoops notes, women's soccer hosts UT, Big 12 roundup & viewing guide, tailgate prep & more


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What You May Have Missed:

Gold and Blue Now: Friday, Oct. 4 - WV MetroNews
Garrett Cullen and Brad Howe take a closer look at WVU’s matchup versus Baylor as Jared Barber and Art Briles talk about the upcoming game.

Eron Harris Earns All-Big 12 Honors - WVU Athletics
WVU sophomore recognized by league coaches.

Smart leads coaches’ All-Big 12 preseason squad - WV MetroNews
“I think Marcus Smart is one of the best guards I’ve ever coached against since Jason Kidd,” said Huggins.

WVU Looks to Rebound From a Disappointing 2013 - WVU Athletics
Team working hard in preseason practice.

Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Ticket Information - WVU Athletics
Tickets for WVU men’s basketball non-conference home games will go on sale Monday, Oct. 7, at 9 a.m.

Women’s Basketball Opens Practice - WVU Athletics
"We’re excited and ready to go," says coach Mike Carey

No. 10 Women's Soccer Welcomes Texas - WVU Athletics
The No. 10-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team opens a four-match homestand this Friday, Oct. 4, against Texas, at 7 p.m., at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

Baseball Set for Alumni Weekend - WVU Athletics
This weekend, current and former West Virginia University baseball players will get together for the Alumni Baseball Reunion Weekend from Oct. 4-5.

The WVUsportsBuzz - WVU Athletics
Women's soccer's Frances Silva helps out Amanda Mazey in the studio on this week's edition of The WVUsportsBuzz

News of Note:

Trickett to start at QB again for WVU - Charleston Gazette
"He did a great job last week and he's only going to get better and better each week.''

Holgorsen taps Trickett to face Baylor - WV MetroNews
Holgorsen, as has become almost a weekly occurrence on his radio call-in show, used the platform to announce his starting quarterback.

Trickett Joins Holgorsen Show Ahead of Second Start - WVillustrated
Dana Holgorsen named Trickett the starter Thursday night, see what the quarterback had to say about his first performance and his expectations going forward.

Friday in the sky - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Smart Football and Geoff Coyle joined me on Scoop & Score last night. You know what Mr. Brown does, but Mr. Coyle delivered in describing the much discussed sideline status of this particular WVU team.

Wide receiver Thompson earning his stripes - Charleston Daily Mail
It's easy to say a lot has changed for West Virginia since last year's outrageous Big 12 opener against Baylor, but it's hard to really understand the totality of the transformation.

West Virginia receiver juggles fatherhood and football - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Jordan Thompson is playing double duty this fall: receiver by day, daddy by night.

Cody Clay becoming new weapon for WVU - Times West Virginian
Holgorsen rediscovered the tight end in the person of Cody Clay.

Tony's Take: Baylor Bits - WVU Athletics
Tony says he is suffering from Mega-Info-Overload Syndrome.

Baylor will test WVU's improved defense - Charleston Gazette
Don't look now, but Baylor's offense has improved since last season.

West Virginia looks to keep up with high-flying offense of No. 17 Baylor Bears - Daily Anthenaeum
Following one of the biggest upsets in recent years, the West Virginia football team travels to Waco, Texas, to take on the No. 17 Baylor Bears Saturday night.

HERTZEL COLUMN: Defensive leaders emerging for Mountaineers - Times West Virginian
“We’re getting tremendous senior leadership out of (defensive linemen) Will Clarke and Shaq Rowell, (safety) Darwin Cook and (linebacker) Doug Rigg. That makes a difference,” Holgorsen said.

Baylor Breakdown - BGN
West Virginia was able to find ways to limit a solid Oklahoma State. Against Baylor, the challenge is ratcheted up several notches.

Game Preview: Baylor -
West Virginia (3-2, 1-1) will travel to Floyd Casey Stadium for another matchup against an undefeated nationally ranked Big 12 Conference opponent in No. 16/17 Baylor (3-0).

Furfari: Mountaineers are big underdog at Baylor - Register-Herald
Can West Virginia (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) do against Baylor (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) on Saturday in Waco, Tex., what the underdog Mountaineers did to heavily favored Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) last Saturday in Morgantown?

Special Teams needs Special Attention - WVillustrated
If the Mountaineers can do it again against Baylor they will definitely be establishing themselves as a threat in the Big 12.

Bears defense looks to atone for loss - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
"We've talked about it, and looked at it and we realize we're not that defense anymore," nickleback Sam Holl said.

Baylor looking to complete task against WVU - Register-Herald

Grantham, college football playoffs and underclassmen - Charleston Gazette
Ye olde notebook

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 Preview: Week Six - BGN

Texas vs. Iowa State Final: Longhorns escape with 31-30 win over Cyclones -

Baylor defense cashing in its bonuses - Waco Tribune

Kansas football aims to score more - Lawrence Journal World

K-State defense prepares for OSU's fast tempo - Topeka Capital Journal

Patterson: "Oklahoma Is Back To Playing Defense And Running The Ball" - Crimson And Cream Machine

Kansas State is the Cowboys' measuring stick - Oklahoman

Frogs hope to slow down, confuse Oklahoma offense - TCU 360

Weis, Kansas make battle plan as they prepare for homecoming against Texas Tech - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 6 - ESPN

What's On Tap:

ESPN links are listed as Saturday Eastern Time

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (17) Baylor Bears - Preview - ESPN
8 pm from the Floyd on FS1. Bears are giving 28.

(20) Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks - Preview - ESPN
Noon from Memorial Stadium on FS1. Raiders are giving 16.5.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. (21) Oklahoma State Cowboys - Preview - ESPN
3:30 pm from the Boone on ABC/ESPN3. Pokes are giving 13.5.

TCU Horned Frogs vs. (11) Oklahoma Sooners - Preview - ESPN
7 pm from Oklahoma Memorial on Fox. Sooners are giving 10.

College Football TV Schedule
Times listed here are Central

Videos of Interest:

OC Shannon Dawson discusses QB Clint Trickett's toughness, as well as Baylor's improved defense.

A preview of this weekend's match-up with Baylor, from linebacker Jared Barber.

Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Cheesy Bacon Bombs


  • 1 can (8ct.) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • Cubed Mozzarella Cheese (1-1″ cube per Bomb)
  • 2 lbs. of Bacon (1 slice per Bomb)
  • Skewers or toothpicks
  • Oil for frying


  1. Cube cheese
  2. Wrap in however much crescent roll dough you see fit
  3. Wrap each rolled Bomb in a slice of bacon and secure it with a skewer or toothpic
  4. In a med/large pot, heat up approx. 2″ of oil (to 350 degrees)
  5. Fry bombs in small batches, 2-4 at a time
  6. Drain on paper towel
  7. Try your best to let your friends have some instead of eating them all
  8. Repeat steps 1-7
  9. Repeat step 8

Images and helpful tips over at Guyism, where I found this.

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