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Spiraling to an 0-3 start to Big 12 play, the West Virginia Mountaineers need a lifeline. A win on the road against No. 5 TCU would be one heck of a lifeline, West Virginia faces one of the biggest challenges of its season Thursday, and an upset win could both turn its season around and quiet some of the rumors swirling about head coach Dana Holgorsen.

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Football:

WVU looks to banish past demons against TCU | The Daily Athenaeum
Spiraling to an 0-3 start to Big 12 play, the West Virginia Mountaineers need a lifeline. A win on the road against No. 5 TCU would be one heck of a lifeline, West Virginia faces one of the biggest challenges of its season Thursday, and an upset win could both turn its season around and quiet some of the rumors swirling about head coach Dana Holgorsen.

WVU's Gee: Coaching decisions will wait until after the season | Beckley Register-Herald
West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee is no stranger to coaching decisions. The 71-year old has made hirings and firings at Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Colorado and WVU, and he’s been both praised and criticized for those decisions.

Mountaineers, Horned Frogs Meet Thursday | WVU Athletics
West Virginia continues its tour of college football’s top 5 with a Thursday night meeting against third-ranked TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mountaineers, Horned Frogs still share similarities | The Exponent Telegram
They are like identical twins, separated at birth, these teams that are TCU and West Virginia, who play before the nation at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Depleted secondary a concern as WVU travels to No. 5 TCU | Charleston Gazette-Mail
There is no easy answer to the question, but there’s no way to avoid asking West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson the obvious as he prepares for No. 5 TCU. Can the Mountaineers play defense the way they need to beat the Horned Frogs?

TCU’s Doctson next big threat against Mountaineer defense | Charleston Gazette-Mail
One game after facing Baylor’s Corey Coleman and crowning him the "best player in college football," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is preparing for another one of the best receivers out there.

SportsDay On-Air: TCU-West Virginia preview | FOX Sports
TCU stayed undefeated when playing three of its first four Big 12 games on the road, a portion of the season that was repeatedly emphasized by coach Gary Patterson. But that was just a warmup for the fifth-ranked Horned Frogs, who head into their tell-tale stretch after an open date.

Back hopes to be up and running again vs. TCU Thursday night | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For all of the emotional wear West Virginia has endured in its three-game losing streak, one that dropped it from a ranked team to a .500 one, the physical toll has been greater.

WVU, TCU Deliver Instant Classics Since Joining Big 12 | WV Illustrated
The plan was simple, yet complicated at the same time. West Virginia University and Texas Christian University were being depended on to save the old Big East Conference, which announced the addition of the Horned Frogs on November 2, 2010. But how do you manage to forge a rivalry between two schools that are not only located more than 1,200 miles apart, but also have only played each other once? Who knows.

GAME PREVIEW: WVU Looks to End Skid at No. 5 TCU | WV Illustrated
The Mountaineers and Horned Frogs have played several close games since joining the Big 12 Conference in 2012, resulting in a difference of only five points.

West Virginia will keep close tabs on TCU Heisman hopeful Boykin | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Count the football training facilities in Morgantown, W.Va., among the places in this country where TCU senior quarterback Trevone Boykin's candidacy for the Heisman Trophy thrives.

Lunch Report: Recalling WVU’s too-tight finish to 2014’s TCU loss | WV MetroNews
Here at The Lunch, we treasure our time with West Virginia center Tyler Orlosky, who isn’t afraid to needle coach Dana Holgorsen...

Basketball:

Juco transfer Myers cited for marijuana possession after scrimmage | WV MetroNews
Hours after the West Virginia basketball team wrapped up its preseason scrimmage Saturday night, guard Teyvon Myers was cited for marijuana possession on University Avenue, according to a Dominion Post report.

Vision key for Carter running the point | The Exponent Telegram
The transition to point guard for Jevon Carter is progressing … slowly.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU women's soccer team moves up to No. 2 | The Exponent Telegram
With one regular-season contest remaining, the historical climb in the national rankings continues for the West Virginia University women’s soccer team, as the Mountaineers are up one spot to No. 2 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Poll, released Tuesday.

Mountaineers look to end their skid against Akron | The Daily Athenaeum
Nothing has seemed to come easy for West Virginia University’s men’s soccer team recently. Three straight losses, including a pair of shutouts, has the team aiming to get back into the win column this evening against one of the nation’s top-rated squads.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

TCU's upcoming schedule will 'tell the tale' of Frogs' CFP hopes | Dallas Morning News
At the beginning of the season, TCU's November schedule looked like it would decide the Horned Frogs' playoff hopes.

Samaje Perine not looking back on last year's Kansas game | News OK
As a true freshman last season, Perine set the NCAA’s single-game rushing record with 427 yards against the Jayhawks.

Texas Tech Red Raiders still struggling to solve run defense | ESPN
David Gibbs' defenses don't traditionally have problems stopping the run. But Texas Tech's defenses do. Getting that flipped and fixed in his first season as defensive coordinator hasn't been easy.

Around The NCAA:

Jerry Kill retiring from Minnesota Golden Gophers immediately due to health | SBNation
Assistant Tracy Claeys will again fill in for Kill.

If the season ended today, your College Football Playoff would be Clemson, LSU and ... | SBNation
We're still a week away from the Playoff committee's rankings, but the SB Nation Selection Committee has been doing this since September.

Alabama's pass defense is back to being the best in the country | SBNation
Elsewhere in the week's best numbers, Missouri's offensive numbers are unbelievably bad, Washington State's offense is finally looking like a Mike Leach offense and it took *that* to end Florida State's streak.

The Temple Owls are pesky enough to beat Notre Dame with 'College GameDay' in the house | SBNation
The Owls are No. 4 in the latest Underdogs Poll, as Memphis has a strong hold on first place.

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