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West Virginia Needs To Stay Grounded As The Nation Takes Notice

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Saturday's win created a small seismic tremor in the college football world. All of a sudden, people have to begin recognizing West Virginia as a football team, something that isn’t really necessary yet, but still good to know is occurring.

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WVU needs to stay grounded while nation takes notice | The Exponent Telegram
Saturday's win created a small seismic tremor in the college football world. All of a sudden, people have to begin recognizing West Virginia as a football team, something that isn’t really necessary yet, but still good to know is occurring.

Did the Mountaineers become 2016’s Team of Dustiny? | WV MetroNews
Merely beating Texas Tech would’ve been a nice feather. Manhandling the Red Raiders 48-17 produced a shower of national bouquets and elevated WVU into contender status.

WVU keeps playing best football with each new game | Charleston Gazette-Mail
There were 154 snaps at Jones AT&T Stadium Saturday. West Virginia and Texas Tech each had 77 of them, and that symmetry is appropriate because the work the Mountaineers did on offense and defense was equally important in the 48-17 win.

Dear Big 12: All is not lost. Sincerely, West Virginia | ESPN
The Mountaineers dominated high-scoring Texas Tech to remain unbeaten and show the reports of the Big 12 playoff dreams' death might be premature.

Football Award Winners for the Texas Tech Game | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers 48-17 win over Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 15.

A Winning Effort for WVU in All Three Phases | WVU Athletics
Sometimes offense wins football games. Sometimes it’s the defense or special teams, but in the case of Saturday’s convincing 48-17 victory over Texas Tech, it was all three phases of play that merged together as one.   It was West Virginia’s most complete win of the season - and perhaps the most complete triumph since the Mountaineers defeated fourth-ranked Baylor, 41-27, two seasons ago.

Recruiting

WVU football still looking for edge rushers in 2017 signing class | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia holds two verbal commitments on the interior of the defensive line in junior college transfer Jalen Harvey and in-state prep star Darius Stills, but the Mountaineers are still looking for an edge rusher or two in this class.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Big 12 candidates are prepared for these 4 expansion scenarios on Monday | SBNation
As you can see, just about any outcome is possible today.

Decision day has arrived for Big 12 with presidents meeting | ESPN
Will the presidents finally be decisive to keep this expansion drama from dragging on longer? Or will the Big 12 kick the can further down the road?

Big 12 Week 7 bowl projections: Texas Tech in trouble? | ESPN
Is 6-0 Baylor or 5-0 West Virginia more deserving of the New Year's Six slot? Should Oklahoma stay in that spot for now?

Big 12 Week 7 helmet stickers: Skyler Howard shine for West Virginia | ESPN
Sean Walters and Skyler Howard both had huge games in the Mountaineers' win over Texas Tech. Which other players stood out in Week 7?

Longhorns know it's time to 'grow up' after ending slide | ESPN
Players let their voices be heard last week during a team meeting. Texas hopes that it's the spark needed to finish the season strong.

Around The NCAA:

New 2016 bowl projections after Week 7, with a loaded College Football Playoff | SBNation
Hey, let's guess how all 40 college football bowl games will turn out!

SHUTDOWN FULLCAST 4.44: WARNING, CONTAINS PURDUE | Every Day Should Be Saturday
HEY DID YOU SEE UGA LOST TO VANDY

Meet ‘South Beach Sansa,’ the Miami fan who was sad on ESPN 2 weeks in a row | SBNation
Her name is Mackenzie Mayhew, and she loves her Canes.

Sure, Purdue could try to hire Les Miles. Or they could do what’s actually worked for them before | SBNation
Sure, Purdue could try to hire Les Miles. Or the Boilermakers could actually look at what’s worked for them in the past.

Florida denies its players were making fun of LSU’s deceased mascot | SBNation
A weird cat-like object was on the field, but it appears it came from a fan.

Ed Orgeron doesn’t exactly have fond memories of coaching Ole Miss | SBNation
The feeling is probably mutual.

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