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West Virginia Preparing For Trip Into Hostile Territory On Saturday Against Texas Tech

No. 20 WVU is the only Big 12 team yet to play a true road game, and that ends Saturday with a noon kickoff at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders happen to be as empowered by familiar surroundings as anyone.

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News Of Note

Football:

No. 20 WVU readying for hostile territory in trip to Texas Tech | Charleston Gazette-Mail
In West Virginia’s first four seasons in the Big 12, teams were a combined 10 games above .500 in conference home games. Holgorsen is 9-10 at home in Big 12 play, including an unprecedented win two Saturdays ago against Kansas State. But this season, the same 10 schools are on pace to finish 19 games above .500 at home in conference play.

More needed from offense vs. Texas Tech | The Exponent Telegram
Maybe it was because his team has scored only 17 points in the last 16 days — of course, it has played only once since scoring 35 points against BYU — but Dana Holgorsen had a message for his team as he spoke on the Big 12 coaches conference call Monday. It really was a simple message — score more points.

Basketball:

Macon ‘one of those guys you have to stay on’ | WV MetroNews
Coaches see signs the former top-60 recruit is committed to improving his free-throw stroke and finishing plays in the post.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU women’s soccer retakes No. 1 ranking | Charleston Gazette-Mail
After winning two Big 12 games on the road over the weekend, the WVU women’s soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the topdrawersoccer.com top 25 poll for the second time this season.

Mountaineers Edged By No. 1 Maryland | WVU Athletics
The No. 22 West Virginia University men’s soccer team out-shot No. 1 Maryland, but lost 1-0 in a top-25 matchup on Monday night in front of one of the largest crowds in program history.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

WVU president Gordon Gee eyes Big 12 expansion ‘discussions’ | Charleston Gazette-Mail
On Monday morning, WVU president E. Gordon Gee was preparing for his State of the University address. Yet Gee is also grappling with the unsettled, fluctuating issue to be dealt with less than a week from now, on Oct. 17, in Irving, Texas: Big 12 expansion.

Strong doesn't want team worried about his job security | The Exponent Telegram
With a loss to arch-rival Oklahoma and a defense that is leaking yardage and points like a tire with a 60,000-mile guarantee driving on 120,000 miles with a pair of nails in it, Charlie Strong has become the center of a storm at Texas.

Baylor coaches use infamous Art Briles hashtag to push back on a story about a dismissed player | SBNation
There’s a lot going on here.

Around The NCAA:

Here are the elite teams who can teach Notre Dame how to win at football | SBNation
The Irish have one of the country's worst records. Here's what they can learn from some teams with actual good records.

SHUTDOWN FULLCAST 4.42: THE UNBEARABLE SADNESS OF RUTGERS | Every Day Should Be Saturday
78-0 BUT UNDEFEATED IN YOUR HEARTS

This proposed NCAA rule change could make satellite camps better | SBNation
There may be fewer satellite camps, but the experience could be better for the student athlete.

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8-year old me is screaming.

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