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October Revealed Separation Between West Virginia And The Big 12's Best

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West Virginia's brutal October schedule is finally behind them, and there is a clear separation between the Mountaineers' level of play and that of those at the top of the conference.

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News Of Note

Football:

October revealed deep divide between WVU, Big 12’s best | WV MetroNews
In the town "Where the West Begins," the Mountaineers were grateful to see October end.

For WVU, it was as bad as it looked | The Exponent Telegram
Not to say that West Virginia’s performance against TCU before a national television audience on a Thursday night was bad, but it wound up with Mountaineer fans switching channels.

Mountaineers Conclude Brutal Stretch With Loss | WVU Athletics
West Virginia’s tour of college football’s top 25 has finally ended with its fourth consecutive loss, this one coming against third-ranked TCU, 40-10, here tonight at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.

WVU loses on the road to No. 5 TCU, 40-10 | The Daily Athenaeum
Sometimes when you’re facing an opponent that is overwhelmingly good, there’s little else you can do except stop, smile and appreciate greatness.

Fifth-ranked TCU buries West Virginia | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Trevone Boykin leaped over defenders and threw from the hip for touchdowns. The TCU quarterback even slapped hands with West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen after going out of bounds on one of his nifty scrambles.

TCU pounds WVU | The Exponent Telegram
When the final play mercifully ended what they had advertised as a football game between West Virginia and Texas Christian University, the players crossed the field and shook hands.

WVU walloped by TCU 40-10, falls to 0-4 in league play for first time ever | Charleston Gazette-Mail
They watched from opposite ends of the figurative sofa Thursday night, one a man named Ron who has been a West Virginia football fan for "more years than I care to remember," the other a gentleman named Dustin who finished his studies at WVU not long ago. They couldn’t have been more different before their Mountaineers took on No. 5 TCU at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

Holgorsen high-fived Boykin because QB ‘made a hell of a play’ | WV MetroNews
So captivating were the repeated great escapes of Trevone Boykin that even the opposing coach offered a mid-game high-five. After an 11-yard scramble on which Boykin dodged and slipped defenders, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen broke into a wide grin and reached out to the TCU quarterback.

Gibson: Defenders played ‘like they’ve never been taught to tackle’ | WV MetroNews
Explaining all the Heisman highlights that radiated from Thursday night’s mega-effort, Trevone Boykin credited his elusiveness by emulating Jackie Chan in "Rush Hour."

Basketball:

West Virginia faces Shepherd in exhibition game | The Daily Athenaeum
A new season of women’s basketball at West Virginia University is upon us, as the team looks to build on a season after reaching the finals of the 2015 National Invitation Tournament and ultimately losing to UCLA.

West Virginia Athletics:

No. 1 West Virginia heads to second competition of the season | The Daily Athenaeum
West Virginia University’s most successful program is finally back in action following a long offseason. The No. 1 WVU Rifle Team (2-0, 1-0) is seeking its fourth consecutive and 18th overall National Championship this season, and all signs indicate that it’s extremely likely.

No. 2 WVU heads to Waco for season finale | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team concludes its season this weekend at Baylor. The No. 2 Mountaineers (15-1-1, 6-0-1) have already claimed their fourth consecutive Big 12 Conference title, but have their eyes set on concluding their season with a 16-game unbeaten streak.

No. 2 WVU Closes Regular Season at Baylor | WVU Athletics
The No. 2-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team closes its 2015 regular season at Baylor on Friday, Oct. 30, with first kick from Betty Lou Mays Field in Waco, Texas, set for 8 p.m. ET.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

TCU's defense is clicking, and now the Horned Frogs are even more terrifying | SBNation
The Horned Frogs look like a complete team after a one-dimensional stretch earlier in the season.

TCU's Trevone Boykin a special player on and off the field | ESPN
As he left the locker room and headed for the car, TCU coach Gary Patterson pulled out his phone, eager to see for himself the high-five the college football world had been buzzing about.

Emotional Seth Russell delivers speech to rally Baylor Bears | ESPN
When Baylor’s lifting session ended Tuesday afternoon, strength coach Kaz Kazadi and his staff stepped out of the weight room. Art Briles wasn’t there, nor were his assistants.

Iowa State, Paul Rhoads at a crossroads heading into Texas | ESPN
To begin the week, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads stood behind a podium and delivered the news conference of the year so far in the Big 12. Rhoads revealed that on top of having a new starting quarterback in Joel Lanning, the Cyclones would have a new offensive playcaller moving forward, too. Mark Mangino was out, a move so stunning that many of the players learned of it by reading the Twitter timelines of Iowa State’s beat reporters.

Around The NCAA:

Stanford-Washington State is enormous, just as we all predicted (*cough*) | SBNation
Both Stanford and Washington State suffered frustrating Week 1 losses. But the two are a combined 8-1 in Pac-12 play, and the winner of Saturday's game will control its destiny in the North division race.

UNC football surged under the radar and has a chance to win the ACC | SBNation
North Carolina is still a work in progress, but the Tar Heels winning streak is at seven games following a 26-19 win at Pitt.

USC’s next head coach will inherit a roster ready to win | SBNation
With USC's roster and resources, any coach with a track record of success should be able to do big things in LA.

What's On Tap

(14) Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday at 3:30 on Fox Sports 1 from Lawrence, KS. The Sooners should continue to roll, and are 40 point favorites over the Jayhawks.

(12) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Saturday at 3:30 on ESPN from Lubbock, TX. The Red Raiders look to upset the undefeated Cowboys. The Cowboys are 2.5 point favorites.

Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Saturday at 7:00 on Fox Sports 1 from Ames, IA. The Longhorns are finally coming together and playing as a complete team, they're 5.5 point favorites over the Cyclones.

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