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New footballs make life easier for O’Toole, Mountaineers | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Two games of results isn’t enough to say things have changed for Nick O’Toole, especially when 13 games last season were what convinced West Virginia’s punter his craft needed a fix before his senior season.
WVU should expand Crest’s role | The Daily Athenaeum
The honeymoon period is over for the West Virginia Mountaineers football team. Opening tune-ups against Georgia Southern and Liberty are out of the way, and the real challenge earnestly begins in the upcoming weeks. After they face Maryland next weekend, West Virginia will be tossed headfirst into one of the toughest and deepest conferences in college football, and with their revamped offense still lacking total chemistry, they would be well-served to try throwing a monkey wrench into their opponent’s gameplans. As it happens, they have one heck of an X-factor in their backfield. His name is William Crest.
Jeff Braun’s O-line review: Week 2 saw ‘lot of good things’ regarding assignments | WV MetroNews
Back for another week of offensive line film critique, Jeff Braun evaluates six plays from West Virginia-Liberty.
West Virginia Athletics:
No. 4 WVU takes on Buffalo, Florida Gulf Coast | The Daily Athenaeum
This weekend, the No. 4 ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team will host Buffalo and conclude nonconference play on Sunday when they take on Florida Gulf Coast.
West Virginia faces test against tough Georgetown squad | The Daily Athenaeum
Coming off a disappointing second half in a 3-1 defeat to the Wright State Raiders, the Mountaineers are once again looking to find their mojo.
Mountaineers open at William & Mary | The Daily Athenaeum
After cancelling its fall season home opener, the Mountaineer Invitational, the West Virginia University women’s tennis team opens the 2015-16 season today at the William and Mary Tribe Invitational in Williamsburg, Virginia.
WVU heads to Winthrop Invitational this weekend | The Daily Athenaeum
The West Virginia volleyball team is heading down to Rock Hill, South Carolina to participate in the Winthrop Invitational this weekend.
Around The Big 12:
Big 12 Week 3: Texas Tech plays former SWC rival; Texas gets holiday memory | FOX Sports
Things to watch in the Big 12 Conference in Week 3
Big 12 Week 3 Predictions | AthlonSports.com
For completely different reasons, Oklahoma and Texas have dominated the headlines in the Big 12 since last Saturday. And going into Week 3, the Longhorns will have an opportunity to build off last week’s momentum and win over Rice with a tough matchup against California.
Baylor Bears' receiving corps in good hands with Corey Coleman | ESPN
In Kendall Wright, Terrance Williams and Antwan Goodley, Baylor has featured some prolific receivers in the Art Briles era.
Baylor Bears using open week to address sloppy starts | ESPN
The Baylor Bears are 2-0, but both wins included sloppy first half showings in which a pair of inferior opponents in SMU and Lamar were allowed to hang around. Art Briles was happy with the wins, but he isn't happy with the performances.
Around The NCAA:
Predictions for Every College Football Game in Week 3 | AthlonSports.com
The third week of the 2015 college football season kicks off on Thursday night with a key ACC matchup between Clemson and Louisville. Thursday night’s game is one of the marquee contests for Week 3, but the action continues on Friday and Saturday with critical must-see matchups.
The Ole Miss vs. Alabama rematch is a perfect test for both teams, and I can't wait | SBNation
Four big questions for the game of the weekend.
Clemson still has a tough defense, and it just cleared its biggest ACC road hurdle | SBNation
Meanwhile, 0-3 Louisville is a few breaks from 3-0, but has to recalibrate its season goals anyway.
How college football teams monitor recruits' Twitter accounts — and why it's hilarious | SBNation
An SMU coach revealed the way the team tracks their players' social media usage. It makes a lot of sense.
Texas San Antonio Roadrunners vs (25) Oklahoma State Cowboys
Saturday at 3:30PM on Fox Sports 1 from Stillwater. The 2-0 Cowboys are 24.5 point favorites.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Saturday at 7:00PM on ESPN2 from Fayetteville. The Red Raiders look to get revenge for last year's blowout, and go into Razorback Stadium as 12 point underdogs.
California Golden Bears vs Texas Longhorns
Saturday at 7:30PM on Fox from Austin. The Longhorns look to keep the offense going and are 7 point underdogs.
Iowa State Cyclones vs Toledo Rockets
Saturday at 8:00PM on ESPN News from Toledo. The Cyclones are 7.5 point underdogs against the team that beat Arkansas last week.
Full college football TV/streaming schedule guide for Week 3 | SBNation
Other than the weak noon slate, this is a solid weekend schedule.
Suck it, Trebek...
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