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The wheels of the West Virginia team charter back from Oklahoma had barely gotten off the runway for the flight toward Morgantown, weighed down by a 44-24 defeat to the Sooners. Quarterback Skyler Howard settled back into his seat and began watching film of what was a troubling performance.

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News Of Note

Football:

Forward-looking Howard ‘all-go’ for Oklahoma State bounce-back | WV MetroNews
On their eastbound JetBlue charter flight Saturday evening, many West Virginia players watched the end of Oklahoma State-Kansas State on seat-back TVs, catching a glimpse of the upcoming opponent. Skyler Howard, though, was poring over his own plays from the previous few hours, watching and rewatching and apparently re-rewatching the 44-24 loss to Oklahoma.

Howard wipes slate clean after Oklahoma game | The Exponent Telegram
The wheels of the West Virginia team charter back from Oklahoma had barely gotten off the runway for the flight toward Morgantown, weighed down not only by a traveling party that exceeded 100 and their baggage but also by a 44-24 defeat to the Sooners. Quarterback Skyler Howard settled back into his seat and began watching film of what was a troubling performance.

WVU coach Holgorsen expects QB Howard to bounce back | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Junior quarterback Skyler Howard took West Virginia's 44-24 loss at No. 10 Oklahoma in stride. It wasn't, Howard explained, what he or his teammates expected.

Numbers suggest WVU should have stuck with Sooners | The Exponent Telegram
Tony Gibson, West Virginia’s defensive coordinator, certainly is not in a state of denial. He knows Oklahoma beat the Mountaineers, 44-24, last Saturday. Gibson just wonders if the world understands just how misleading everything is about the game.

No. 20 Oklahoma State brings a new challenge | The Daily Athenaeum
Following a loss to the then-No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners over the weekend, head coach Dana Holgorsen and his crew have already hit the ground running to prepare for No. 20 Oklahoma State to arrive this weekend.

Holgorsen says players "thrive off" sold out Mountaineer Field | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Dana Holgorsen will welcome a little help Saturday. The 7 p.m. game against No. 21 Oklahoma State is sold out. Holgorsen remembered the "festive" atmosphere for the Maryland win and expects the same against the Cowboys.

WVU secondary disappointed with performance against OU | Beckley Register-Herald
Defense was supposed to be the difference that was going to get West Virginia University over the hump on the football field this season. Head coach Dana Holgorsen has always had offenses capable of putting points on the board, but the Mountaineers have often given up more than they’ve scored since joining the Big 12 in 2012.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU turns in strong showing in N.C. | The Daily Athenaeum
In the program’s fourth tournament, the West Virginia University men’s golf team turned in their best performance of the season this week to finish in sixth place at the Wolfpack Invitational at Lonnie Poole Golf Course.

WVU drops 2-0 road decision to Virginia Tech | The Daily Athenaeum
Last time the West Virginia University men’s soccer team faced Virginia Tech, the match ended with 33 fouls being called and two red cards, but WVU walked away with the 3-0 victory. On Tuesday, that physical play we saw more than a year ago was ever so present. However, it was the Hokies who got the better of the Mountaineers, as they picked up the 2-0 win and WVU fell to 4-6.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons out for season | Sporting News
Oklahoma State senior linebacker Ryan Simmons' collegiate career is done after surgery to repair a torn MCL and PCL in his knee.

Baylor dunking on hopeless suckers is college football's finest opening-month tradition | SBNation
Why exert yourself when you can rack up stats and exercise for a few weeks, then hit your conference schedule unbeaten?

Seth Russell, Kansas Jayhawk? Close, but glad he’s a Baylor Bear | Waco Tribune
If Kansas hadn’t switched coaches in 2011, Seth Russell might be playing against Baylor Saturday in Lawrence.

Kansas State Wildcats running out of healthy quarterbacks | ESPN
The Kansas State quarterback situation is starting to look a little bleak, enough so that coach Bill Snyder needed to answer this question on Tuesday: Who is K-State's sixth-string quarterback?

Around The NCAA:

If the season ended right now, your College Football Playoff would be Oklahoma, Bama, TCU and ... | SBNation
The official College Football Playoff committee hasn't even met yet, which is bad news, because the season ended today. Yep! Here's the Playoff!

Miami made a website for FSU fans to dump their raging Internet comments into | SBNation
That's right, do your worse #FSUtwitter.

HATIN' ASS SPURRIER REWATCHES ALL DAWGS GO TO HEAVEN | Every Day Should Be Saturday
CAUSE THEY SURE AIN'T GOING TO ATLANTA

PODCAST AIN'T PLAYED NOBODY can't win the big game | SBNation
In the seventh episode of PAPN, Bill and Godfrey discuss Clemson, The Next 2007!, the lack of good QBs on good teams, coaches winning big games, when to fire coaches, Ohio State's résumé, and reader questions.

West Virginia Pros

WVU Pros in the NFL Week 4 Recap | Blue Gold Sports
Week Four of the NFL season saw several Mountaineers turn in stellar performances particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

Quick Hit: Dreamius Smith works out for the Green Bay Packers | Blue Gold Sports
After being released by the San Diego Chargers following the preseason, Dreamius Smith worked out for the Packers on Tuesday per Aaron Wilson.

Charles Sims is finding a key role for the Tampa Bay Bucs in his second season | Blue Gold Sports
When Tampa Bay pulled the trigger on WVU’s Charles Sims in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, they hoped his skill set would provide an added element to their offense. Through four games of the 2015 season, Sims’ abilities have him fitting in quite well.

Video Of Interest

Let's take a look at the best that Week 6 has to offer, with the help of random Taylor Swift lyrics to do so.

Video Of (Dis)Interest

I'm a sucker for cheesy horror-comedy movies, and this one looks pretty good.

If these kind of movies tickle your fancy, check out Tucker and Dale vs. Evil on Netflix. It's probably the best horror-comedy I've seen in a long time.

Miss Throwdown

Today's Miss Throwdown is a gorgeous model and TV personality from New Zealand. Click HERE for Rosanna Arkle's Instagram.