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Mountaineer Morning Links: Oklahoma Pre-Game (9/19/14) Edition

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Oklahoma previews, player features, recruiting notes, tailgate prep, Big 12 roundup & more.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Independence Brewing Company's Oklahoma Suks Beer, in preparation for tomorrow's opponent.


What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Friday, Sept. 19 - WV MetroNews
Fox Sports’ David Ubben predicts whether the Mountaineers have what it takes to upset #4 Sooners tomorrow in Morgantown. Also, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops mentions the impact Clint Trickett has had on WVU’s offense so far.

WVU suspended Worley without seeing video - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU attempted to view the video upon learning of the accusation, but still had not seen it before a warrant was issued for Worley’s arrest Wednesday.

WVU Must Cut Ties With Worley - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
I hope Daryl Worley recalls the final moments of West Virginia’s victory against Maryland.

West Virginia football: Why Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers are finally getting comfortable with each other - Oklahoman (autoplay ad)
For the first three years, Dana Holgorsen lived in a suite and lived on the edge with West Virginia fans. But now, he’s found a home and seems to be finding his home with the program.

No. 13 Mountaineers Conclude Homestand - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (5-2-1) face La Salle on Friday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., and Villanova on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.

Volleyball to Face Duke, No. 13 UNC - WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers (10-1) will face the Blue Devils (6-3) on Friday in a 6:30 p.m. match at Cameron Indoor Stadium

WVUsportsBuzz Presented by U.S. Cellular - WVU Athletics
Volleyball, golf and football is featured this week.

Former Charleston prep standout headed to WVU Sports Hall of Fame - Charleston Daily Mail
WVU alumna made name for herself with unorthodox playing style

News of Note:

WVU Coordinators Detail Oklahoma - BGN
Here, WVU's coordinator's discuss their approach to slowing a vaunted team ranked fourth in the nation and expected to reach the inaugural College Football Playoff.

Something Wicked - WVU Athletics
Jed Drenning breaks down Saturday's Oklahoma game.

Game Preview: Oklahoma - WVSports.com
West Virginia (2-1) will play host to No. 4 Oklahoma (3-0) in the Big 12 Conference opener for each team in a prime-time showcase game and the Mountaineers will look to continue the momentum against a talented Sooners team.

Vingle: Worley, MU tickets and a Cannon - Charleston Gazette
The views from here

WVU deep threats a worry for Oklahoma - Charleston Gazette
"There is a lot of offense there,’’ the Oklahoma defensive coordinator said.

Oklahoma at WVU - Charleston Gazette
Again WVU and Oklahoma meet in their Big 12 opener and again Knight is one of the focal points. This time, though, he’s begun to prove himself.

Mitch’s matchups - Charleston Gazette
A night game or a Knight game in Morgantown?

Trickett Feeling Like "The Luckiest Guy In The World" - EerSports
After an impressive start to the 2014 season, starting quarterback Clint Trickett has become familiar with the offensive weapons West Virginia possesses.

No explanation needed: Thank Trickett for WVU's revival - Sporting News
“I didn’t know them, and they didn’t know me,” says West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett.

College GameDay Kickoff: Week 4 - ESPN
Biggest upset threat: Oklahoma at West Virginia

Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers football series history - Winsipedia
Database and infographics of Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers football series history and all-time records

Week 4 picks: No. 4 Oklahoma goes down at WVU, Florida-Bama, more - FOX Sports (autoplay)
OKLAHOMA (+7.5) at WEST VIRGINIA (7:30, FOX)

Mountaineer Insider Podcast - WVU Athletics
This week's podcast features interviews with FOX college football analyst Charles Davis and West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.

Post Route Podcast: Episode One - All 'Eers/PPG
Can Clint Trickett and the high-flying Mountaineer offense keep pace with the Sooners?

WVU looks to get over the hump against Sooners - Exponent Telegram
Mountaineers seek marquee win over Oklahoma

West Virginia takes on Trevor Knight, No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners at home Saturday night - Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia is set for its 7:30 p.m. showdown against No. 4 Oklahoma Saturday inside Milan Puskar Stadium.

WVU can make waves with win over OU - Daily Athenaeum
As Week 4 of the college football season is upon us, West Virginia is about to face its biggest test of the season against No. 4 Oklahoma.

Position breakdown: West Virginia - Scout
The Mountaineers' offense and the Sooners' defense will clash Saturday.

OU expects to see different WVU offense - Register Herald
When Oklahoma last saw West Virginia, it witnessed an offense that appeared to believe the end zone was filled with land mines and the football was a grenade, set to explode at any moment.

WVU-OU clash: Warp speed football? - Exponent Telegram
When West Virginia and Oklahoma meet at Mountaineer Field on Saturday in a game that has both huge implications not only in Big 12 Conference play, but nationally, it could turn into a game played at warp speed.

Despite practice emphasis, defense has been slow to create turnovers - WV MetroNews
Two interceptions—that's it through three games for the WVU defense, which has yet to force a fumble.

Numbers don't tell the story for WVU defense - Exponent Telegram
But defensive coordinator Tony Gibson isn’t about to concede that the numbers are reflective of the performance of his team against Maryland.

WVU's Kwiatkoski settles in middle - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
West Virginia yielded 37 points and nearly lost to Maryland on Saturday, but linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski had the game of his college life.

Mountaineers Look to Replace Worley - Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
Chestnut, Myers and Banks all eyed ahead of meeting with No. 4 Okla.

Worley’s indefinite suspension hurts WVU’s defense - Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Maybe a fake twitter account pretending to be Dana Holgorsen put it the best.

Thompson remains ‘best option’ at punt returner despite fumble vs. Terps - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen says he has confidence in Thompson's ability to field punts and get return yards.

West Virginia special teamers far from the usual - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
While they form an often-forgotten sideshow for the resurgent Mountaineers, these special-teams specialists are a special bunch.

WVU looks to eliminate mistakes against OU - Bluefield Daily Telegraph/AP
Turnovers and special teams mistakes are starting to pile up for West Virginia, and the Mountaineers are looking for a quick fix with a showdown looming with No. 4 Oklahoma.

Sooner Nation Podcast | Previewing Oklahoma Football At West Virginia - Crimson And Cream Machine
we welcome in Mountaineers play-by-play voice Tony Caridi to help us preview the game. Tony talks with us about suspended, and reinstated, West Virginia defenders, the maturation of Clint Trickett, big concerns to WVU in this game and much more.

Jim Ross: Stoops, Sooners head to Morgantown to meet West Virginia - FOX Sports
Bob Stoops and the Sooners face the high-powered Mountaineers in a Big 12 game.

FURFARI COLUMN: Heisman Trophy talk about Trickett seems much too early - Times West Virginian
There’s talk in some circles that West Virginia University quarterback Clint Trickett could be in the Heisman Trophy race.

Recruiting:

JUCO DE Gets New WVU Offer - EerSports
Itawamba (MS) C.C. defensive end Xavier Pegues tells EerSports that he was offered by West Virginia

Around the League (and Beyond):

Supposedly suspect Baylor defense turns into early-season terror - Waco Tribune

Iowa State vs Bye Week Preview - Wide Right & Natty Lite

5 Questions: Kansas vs. Central Michigan - Rock Chalk Talk

Auburn 20, Kansas State 14: Opportunity Knocks, Nobody Answers - Bring On The Cats

OU vs WVU: What To Expect From The OU Offense - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State's Daxx Garman and the Deep Ball: A Love Story - Cowboys Ride For Free

How will David Ash be remembered? - Burnt Orange Nation

TCU football notes: Patterson displeased with practices, demotes corners - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Matt Wallerstedt Resigns as Defensive Coordinator of Texas Tech - Viva The Matadors

Big 12 Football Preview: Week Four - BGN

What's On Tap:

(4) Oklahoma Sooners vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - Preview - ESPN
7:30 pm Saturday from MPS on Fox. Land Thieves are giving 8.5.

Stripe the Stadium for OU Game - WVU Athletics
The WVU-Oklahoma game on Sept. 20 is Stripe the Stadium.

Central Michigan Chippewas vs. Kansas Jayhawks - ESPN
3:30 pm from Memorial Stadium on FSN affiliates. Jayhawks are giving 3.5.

2014 College Football TV Schedule Week Four: How To Watch, Game Times, Channels, & Live Streaming - The Smoking Musket
Here's how to watch all of the college football in week 4.

Video of Interest:


Tailgate Recipe of the Week:

Brown Sugar Bacon Smokies (Meat Candy)

Ingredients

bacon, brown sugar, Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies (1 lb of bacon for every package of Lit'l Smokies)

Directions

  1. cut the bacon in thirds
  2. wrap Lit'l Smokies with bacon, arrange in single layer on sheet pan (approximately 1 inch deep to prevent mess in oven)
  3. make slurry of warm water and brown sugar (just enough water to make it approx. pancake syrup consistency)
  4. spoon brown sugar syrup generously over the wrapped smokies
  5. sprinkle more solid brown sugar on the smokies (if you want)
  6. bake in oven for 30-40 min at 400

Video of (Dis)Interest:

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE (*DUH)

Miss Throwdown:

Today's Miss Throwdown was a rookie in the SI Swimsuit issue this year. CLICK HERE for today's gallery of Hannah Ferguson.