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Florida Transfer Will Grier Continues To Impress While Waiting In The Shadows

The heir apparent to West Virginia's starting quarterback role has been impressing the Mountaineer coaching staff and his teammates while he sits out the year due to NCAA transfer rules.

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News Of Note

Football:

Will Grier impresses during season in the shadows | WV MetroNews
The Gold & Blue Lunch Report checks on the progress of the Florida transfer who will likely lead West Virginia's offense in 2017.

Jury still out on WVU's defense | The Exponent Telegram
A few thoughts passing through a thoughtless mind: West Virginia is perhaps the most perplexing football team in America. Are the Mountaineers very good or very average? They are unbeaten and only Baylor can say that in the Big 12, but it seems fair to say that the Big 12, at best, is very average. WVU hasn’t beaten up on softies. It has played three solid teams in Missouri, BYU and Kansas State, all of which have strong football reputations. But each is not good as its reputations this year.

West Virginia to honor ex-coach Don Nehlen at Nov. 4 roast | Beckley Register-Herald
West Virginia is holding a salute to retired coach Don Nehlen next month. The event will be held Nov. 4 at the Waterfront Event Center in Morgantown. It's being organized by the school's athletic department, the WVU Varsity Club and Mountaineer Athletic Club.

Basketball:

Carter, Miles Jr. Earn Big 12 Honors | WVU Athletics
West Virginia University junior guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. were named to the 2016-17 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Team, the league office announced Thursday.

West Virginia Athletics:

No. 2 WVU Set for Match at Kansas | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team opens the road portion of its Big 12 Conference slate at Kansas on Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. ET, at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Big 12 Week 6 game picks: A weekend at the fair | ESPN
Can Charlie Strong and Texas make it two in a row over Bob Stoops and Oklahoma? ESPN's Big 12 writers make their picks.

7 times Oklahoma-Texas proved it’s one of the country’s wildest rivalries | SBNation
I ranked 23 major rivalries by how unpredictable they’ve been over the last 30 years. The Red River game nearly topped them all.

Around The NCAA:

Tennessee and Texas A&M are so similar. Here are the 3 keys to their No. 1 contender match | SBNation
Next on the schedule for both of these teams: Bama. The numbers say A&M is slightly likely to have more on the line against the Tide.

Miami-FSU is the ultimate measuring stick rivalry. Do the Canes finally measure up again? | SBNation
The Miami-Florida State rivalry has been one of the streakiest and most telling rivalries in college football. Is Miami finally ready to measure up again?

GEORGIA TECH 222, CUMBERLAND 0. | SBNation
"Beatdown" isn't the word. Neither are "rout" or "clobbering." The word to describe what Georgia Tech's football team did to Cumberland does not exist, because we've never had to invent it, because nothing like it has happened before or since.

What's On Tap

TCU Horned Frogs vs Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday at Noon ET on ESPNU from Lawrence, KS. The Horned Frogs are 29 point favorites in what should be a typical Kansas football game.

Texas Longhorns vs (20) Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday at Noon ET on Fox Sports 1 from Dallas. Charlie Strong is hanging on by a thread, but beating the Sooners again may buy him some more time. The Sooners are 12 point favorites.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Saturday at 3:30PM ET on ESPNU from Stillwater, OK. The Cowboys are 17 point favorites.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Saturday at 7:00PM ET on ESPNU from Manhattan, KS. West Virginia's last opponent is playing their next opponent. The Red Raiders are without QB Pat Mahomes, and the WIldcats are 9 point favorites.

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