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Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (10/30/14) Edition

More TCU previews, ESPN Gameday prep, varsity notes, football recruiting, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Thursday, Oct. 30 - WV MetroNews
we catch up with Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports as he gives his views on the first ever College Football Playoff Rankings.

Volleyball Falls to TCU on the Road - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers dropped a 3-1 match to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.

Men’s Golf, MAC Establish The Gallery - WVU Athletics
West Virginia University men’s golf coach Sean Covich, in conjunction with the Mountaineer Athletic Club, recently announced the establishment of The Gallery, a fundraising campaign for the Mountaineer golf team.

Hang Time with Nick OToole - WVU Athletics (autoplay)
Nick O'Toole and some special guests go over their favorite Halloween costumes and more.

News of Note:

TCU Preview - WVU Athletics
West Virginia and TCU to hook up on Saturday.

Role Reversal - WVU Athletics
Jed Drenning previews Saturday's TCU game.

WVU sends mixed signals with play boards - Charleston Daily Mail
Shielding the hand signals with towels, showing off play boards with four totally random images and alternating which method means something and which method means nothing is designed to keep opponents from figuring out how WVU is calling plays and from recognizing certain signals.

Trickett a treat in Year 2 - Charleston Gazette
"I didn’t say he was just a game manager,’’ Holgorsen said, emphasizing the "just.’’ "He’s a pretty damn good quarterback, too.’’

Wednesday Walkthrough: TCU - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
Casazza's Video Notebook

Coaching hires spurred TCU Horned Frogs, West Virginia Mountaineers - ESPN
This weekend in a Big 12 showdown that will carry major Big 12 title implications, Dana Holgorsen will be reunited with two understudies.

ESPN College GameDay Set for Mountainlair Plaza - WVU Athletics
The following are prohibited in the pit area directly behind the College GameDay stage: alcohol, food, drinks, footballs, hard helmets, signs on sticks or polls; no signs with profanity, religious or political connotations; no bags and backpacks. All signs must be hand-held.

GameDay crew member looking forward to return visit to Morgantown - WV MetroNews
It looks like Marshall record-setting quarterback Rakeem Cato may also be in Morgantown Saturday. Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick tweeted Wednesday afternoon

Holgorsen not expecting TCU tricks this time - Exponent Telegram
"Typically, when you’re good on offense, you don’t do that stuff."

Henry's success not surprising to WVU coaches - Exponent Telegram
"The kid was the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania when we got him so we knew he was talented," defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said.

Henry Breaking His Shell - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Dana Holgorsen thought true freshman safety Dravon Henry was starting to drop off.

Facing nation's best becoming the norm for Mountaineers - Register Herald
From Don Nehlen’s final year in 2000 until the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 prior to the 2012 season, West Virginia University’s football team faced a grand total of 13 top 10 opponents. Only six of the nation’s top 10 squads visited Mountaineer Field during that stretch.

Holgorsen embracing fourth top-10 matchup of season, has faith in No. 20 WVU against No. 10 TCU - Daily Athenaeum
Dana Holgorsen continues to be focused on not being satisfied yet and having his squad go into each day of the season with the same mentality: To win.

WVU: TCU's Front Four Ultimate Challenge - BGN
Texas Christian’s defensive style, even out of an unusual alignment, harkens back to the styles of Penn State. The Frogs don’t do anything fancy, or to fool an offense. They simply get off blocks, tackle, and get to the ball.

Howard knows how hard it is for receiver to be in Heisman race - Exponent Telegram
"Unless you are doing something really amazing with the ball after the catch that’s going to grab the attention of the fans, a lot of the credit goes to the quarterback," Howard said

Will TCU defense follow OSU’s lead, dictate WVU go away from White? - WV MetroNews
Defensive focus on White leaves other areas vulnerable, but the Mountaineers don't want top receiver diminished to playing decoy.

TCU’s Boykin ‘most-improved player in college football’ - Charleston Daily Mail
"He’s probably — well, not probably – he is the most improved player in college football," Holgorsen said.

TCU's Trevone Boykin dangerous no matter the position for Horned Frogs - WVUPros
Whether he plays quarterback or receiver, TCU's Trevone Boykin has given the West Virginia Mountaineers headaches since both programs joined the Big 12

TCU’s Boykin creeping into Heisman Trophy talk - Charleston Gazette
Regardless of what Trevone Boykin does against West Virginia Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers have likely seen it before — both the good and the bad.

Boykin is jack of all trades - Martinsburg Journal
Trevone Boykin came to Texas Christian University as a running back.

Horned Frogs on top after 82-point performance - Daily Athenaeum
Considering the way the last three weeks have gone, Week 8 was relatively quiet in the Big 12, with the exception of an offensive explosion in Fort Worth, Texas.

Insider Q+A: TCU - EerSports
EerSports catches up with Carlos Mendez, the TCU beat writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram to get an inside look at West Virginia's opponent this weekend.

Outrageous College Football Predictions: Week 10 - AthlonSports.com
Trevone Boykin, Clint Trickett will throw for 1,000 yards

Big 12 playoff tracker: Oct. 29 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
Here's a deeper look at what the College Football Playoff rankings mean for the Big 12

Big 12 predictions: Week 10 - FOX Sports
TCU 44, West Virginia 37: This could be a classic.

WVU, police prep for game - Inter-Mountain
Officials at West Virginia University and law enforcement are preparing for a busy weekend as multiple events will bring crowds of students and visitors to Morgantown.

Recruiting:

Kinnel Visiting WVU On Saturday - EerSports
2015 Michigan safety commitment Tyree Kinnel will visit West Virginia on Saturday for their game against TCU, he told Wolverine247 on Wednesday night.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Big 12 stat check: Week 10 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

No. 12 Baylor did some soul searching during break - Waco Tribune

The Curious Expectation of an ISU Football Team - Wide Right & Natty Lite

Dangerous Bears await Bowen's Jayhawks after week off - Lawrence Journal World

DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 8 - Bring On The Cats

Sooners vs. The Stats | Is Defense Doing Their Part? - Crimson And Cream Machine

Is it time to unleash Tyreek Hill? - Oklahoman

Breakdowns in fundamentals hurt Texas offense versus Kansas State - Burnt Orange Nation

No. 7 TCU is in Good Position to Move Up in the College Football Playoff Rankings - Frogs O' War

Redemption time: Tech offensive line wants to atone for last year's debacle in Austin - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Mandel's Mailbag: The College Football Playoff's crucial problem, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and SEC bias - FOX Sports

What's On Tap:

WSoc Blog: One for the Seniors - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers look for a win Friday night for their four seniors.

Video of Interest:

Tony Caridi sits down with West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen to get his thoughts on Saturday's game against TCU at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Video of (Dis)Interest:

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown is an American model. CLICK HERE for today's Halloween costume gallery of Alexis Ren.