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West Virginia And Baylor To Do Battle In Waco

The West Virginia Mountaineers attempt to scale a big mountain in Waco Saturday. The undefeated and second-ranked Baylor Bears have the memory of last year’s 41-27 defeat in Morgantown still smoldering in the backs of their minds.

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Mountaineers, Bears to Battle Saturday in Waco | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia Mountaineers attempt to scale a big mountain in Waco Saturday. The undefeated and second-ranked Baylor Bears have the memory of last year’s 41-27 defeat in Morgantown still smoldering in the backs of their minds.

Defense looks to make its mark against Baylor offense again | The Exponent Telegram
The nation was stunned a year ago at this time when West Virginia upset high-flying Baylor, a result that eventually would knock the Bears out of the College Football Playoffs despite them finishing the year with just that single loss and having pulled off an amazing comeback triumph over TCU.

‘Eers Confident in Defensive Game Plan Against No. 2 Baylor | WV Illustrated
By now, we all know what the Baylor Bears represent. It’s a rising football program. One that makes offense look easy. One that mixes and matches flashy Nike jerseys. One that resurrected itself with the addition of the most beautiful college football stadium in America. Baylor has the makings of becoming the next big thing in college football. However, the Mountaineers were the ones to put a halt to that idea one year ago.

Billings gives Baylor defense a big lift | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Anyone who talks about Baylor football is going to talk about the offense, and anyone who talks about the offense is bound to hand out compliments. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is merely the next name on the list. There’s been no shortage of flattery leading up to Saturday’s noon game on Fox against the second-ranked Bears at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, where they are undefeated.

Baylor’s ways are working in Waco | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Baylor football is a divisive thing these days, and people will assemble in crowds on either side of the line to argue for or against what the Bears have done and how they’ve done it. But they can agree on this: There’s no defending Baylor. The No. 2-ranked team in the country is playing offense at a level rarely ever imagined, never mind attained.

WVU trying to find some depth in running game | Beckley Register-Herald
The statistics indicate West Virginia is one of the best running teams in the Big 12. The Mountaineers enter Saturday’s clash at No. 2 Baylor third in the league at 222.4 yards per game on the ground, and they’re coming off a 255-yard rushing performance in an overtime loss to Oklahoma State this past Saturday.

RB Wendell Smallwood sees growth in Mountaineers | ESPN
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen called Wendell Smallwood his team’s best offensive player, and that’s certainly not a stretch. Smallwood is the Big 12’s No. 2 rusher with 589 yards and five touchdowns and has surpassed 100 rushing yards in three straight games. Smallwood took some time to chat with about being underestimated heading into West Virginia's trip to No. 2 Baylor.

WVU quarterback Howard comes under fire as production dwindles in consecutive losses | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
An emotionally rattling overtime loss against Oklahoma State Saturday rested heavily with several West Virginia players. Likely nobody took it more personally than Skyler Howard.

Coaches want Howard to ‘take the throws that are there and make ‘em’ | WV MetroNews
Skyler Howard spent a little more than 5 minutes with the media on Tuesday afternoon before West Virginia’s sports-information staff cut off further questions. Within that span, Howard discussed the need to calm his feet in the pocket, trust his pass protection, and get past the gut-wrenching overtime loss to Oklahoma State.

Holgorsen says Howard needs to stop rushing things | The Exponent Telegram
The first thing that always happens when things begin going bad for a football team is the last thing a coach wants to happen, and that is a quarterback controversy.

Ball security a focus as WVU tries to move on from mistakes | The Daily Athenaeum
In big-time college football, the margin of error is always small — and in recent weeks, the West Virginia University football team has found itself on the wrong side of that margin.

No Standing Pat: The day that changed WVU football | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Days before the game that would start his trek to superstardom, quarterback Pat White was done. He was done with a lack of playing time and a lack of a role in West Virginia’s offense. He was done being relegated to a secondary role when he believed he was better than the man ahead of him. Most of all, he was done being overlooked.


Big 12 Preseason Poll Released | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s basketball team was predicted to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference preseason poll, as voted by the league’s head coaches.

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No. 2 WVU could have legitimate shot at national championship this year | The Daily Athenaeum
For the West Virginia University women’s soccer team, motivation hasn’t been much of an issue. The team’s 12-1-1 record is rivaled by very few, and its climb to No. 3 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll is unparalleled in the program’s history.

Emaus, Seniors Know 2015 is Special | WVU Athletics
Five conference titles. Three straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. The program’s highest-ever ranking in 20 seasons. There certainly are a lot of accolades that point to this year’s senior class being a "special" class for the No. 2/3 West Virginia University women’s soccer team.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Bang Or Bust? A Big 12 Coach Will Be Poached This Year | Land Grant Gauntlet
Will any Big 12 coaches be lured away to greener pastures this offseason, or will they avoid temptation and stick with their current position?

Big 12 Breakdown | MarkRogersTV
Our very own SmithFire13 joined Mark Rogers and his panel of guests this week to help breakdown the Big 12 this week. They discuss Oklahoma's issues, Baylor's legitimacy, Bill Snyder and a lot more. Check it out.

Breaking down what went wrong for Sam Richardson at Texas Tech | The Des Moines Register
Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson had arguably the worst game of his college career during a 66-31 loss at Texas Tech last Saturday. What went wrong for the play-caller?

Meet Iowa State RB Mike Warren, the nation's top freshman rusher | ESPN
The No. 1 rusher in college football over the past month has been LSU’s Leonard Fournette. Best player in the SEC. Front-runner for the Heisman. But you already knew that. The No. 2 rusher in the country over the past month: Iowa State's Mike Warren.

Kansas State Wildcats, Stanford Cardinal to play in 2016, 2021 | ESPN
Stanford and Kansas State have scheduled a home-and-home series, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

Around The NCAA:

T.W.I.S., where an Oklahoma fan is sick of college football being too ... fair? | SBNation
Each week, This Week In Schadenfreude collects the Internet's maddest college football fans in one place, so that you can laugh at them.

Ranking every available college football head coaching job. Who's next after USC? | SBNation
The season's barely halfway over, and five programs are already in the market for their next head coaches. We'll update this ranking as more join in.

ON REPLACING LEGENDS | Every Day Should Be Saturday

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