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The Mountaineers announced last week they'll play host to Delaware State in 2017, a mediocre FCS program, even by Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standards. But the present shapes the future, and the division between the Power 5 and the Group of 5 is such now that the little guys will try to and certainly can hold the big guys hostage when it comes to scheduling.
The 2016 season looks to potentially be a breakout campaign for Dana Holgorsen and the West Virginia Mountaineers. With the majority of the offense returning, including quarterback Skyler Howard, expect the Mountaineers to put plenty of points on the board. Athlon Sports took a look at West Virginia's schedule, and ranked the Mountaineer's toughest games.
West Virginia University right fielder Darius Hill has been named to the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings East All-Region First Team, the latest in an impressive list of regional and national awards for the freshman.
Around The Big XII:
There's been a lot of discussion as to how the Big 12 would split up the new divisions when the Big 12 championship game arrives. Our friends over at Cowboys Ride For Free take an in depth look at an unconventional answer to a ten team league with a conference championship game.
TCU baseball is about to establish a scholarship in a young fan's name. Micah Ahern, whose story most Frog fans are familiar with, is a young patient fighting Neuroblastoma, but has found great joy in being a part of the TCU baseball program
Around The NCAA:
Yesterday, the guys at SB Nation looked at doing away with divisions in the SEC. Today, we take a look at getting rid of divisions in the Big 10. The B1G's old divisions made no sense. The new ones are unbalanced. Doing away with the whole concept would make the conference more competitive, more fair and more fun.
It's really hard to improve multiple years in a row, but the NC State Wolfpack still have a long way to go. Dave Doeren has had back-to-back seasons of solid improvement, but he doesn't have any marquee wins, and he faces potential regression with a new QB and new defensive play-makers.
Notre Dame is introducing an interesting jersey number assignment system this season, EDSBS' Ryan Nanni takes a look at what this could mean for the Fighting Irish and college football, in general.
The Shutdown Fullcast Random Previews continue with four very interesting, important, and/or intriguing teams. There is also Maryland. We're sorry, but there is also some Maryland in there.
In this week's edition of Podcast Ain't Played Nobody, Bill Connelly and Godfrey discuss SEC scheduling and the glory of pods, the importance of Pitt-Penn State, and the unfair pressure on James Franklin and the unfairly maligned Dave Wannstedt.
Today's Miss Throwdown is a fitness model and former soccer player. CLICK HERE for Brittany Renner's Instagram.