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West Virginia Preparing For A Transitioning Missouri Team

Given all the personnel changes on the staff, the Mountaineers are more worried about who the Tigers have than what they’ll do.

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News Of Note

Football:

WVU football prepares for a Missouri team in transition | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia and Missouri open the 2016 season at noon Saturday at Mountaineer Field, and there’s bound to be more going on than a notable cross-conference battle and the eventual meeting of teams that could have played for the 2007 national title.

West Virginia football preview: Hopes hinge on QB Howard | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The secret is out: West Virginia plans to throw more. That means more pressure on senior quarterback Skyler Howard, who faced quite a bit of it last season. But the Fort Worth, Texas, native may be better equipped to deal with pressure this season.

WVU-Mizzou High Profile Matchup | WVU Athletics
West Virginia’s season-opening game against Missouri is one of four high-profile matchups featuring Big 12 teams this weekend. National championships will not be won during the first week of the season, but the process of determining the four teams who will make up this year’s college football playoff does begin during week one.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU women's soccer team rises to No. 4 | The Exponent Telegram
Two weekend wins, including a commanding victory against a top 10 opponent, helped push the West Virginia University women’s soccer team up to No. 4 in Monday’s TopDrawerSoccer.com Women’s Top 25 Poll.

Stephenson Named Student-Athlete of the Week | WVU Athletics
After scoring the game-winning goal against No. 7 Georgetown, in Akron, Ohio, sophomore midfielder Tucker Stephenson of the West Virginia University men’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Exciting opening week looms in Big 12 | The Exponent Telegram
We are beginning to taste the future of college football in the Big 12, much to West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen’s liking, as the game moves away from early-season mismatches.

Bold Big 12 predictions for the 2016 season | ESPN
ESPN's writers see big things ahead for Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes and for TCU, including a win over Oklahoma and the Big 12 title?

College football's longest-tenured coach, Oklahoma's Bob Stoops still going strong | ESPN
Over the past 18 seasons, Bob Stoops has gone from a 38-year-old rookie head coach to now the longest-tenured one in college football.

Stoops, OU ready to move on with opener vs. Houston | The Exponent Telegram
With Houston coming up as a tough neutral site opener for Big 12 champion Oklahoma, coach Bob Stoops left no doubt Monday during the first weekly Big 12 coaches’ media call that he has put last season behind him.

Around The NCAA:

ESPN's calling this the best Week 1 CFB schedule ever. Well, it's close enough for now! | SBNation
As of a few days ago, ESPN’s now repeatedly billing opening weekend as the greatest college football opening weekend ever. It’s a very good weekend. It has four games between AP Top 25-ranked teams (LSU-Wisconsin, Georgia-North Carolina, Bama-USC, FSU-Ole Miss) and at least half a dozen other games that anybody anywhere should be interested in. But best ever? Nah.

How to get 100 percent ready to watch college football all day | SBNation
Football season’s ready for you. Make sure you’re ready for it, too.

Video Of Interest

Because we can't begin a football season without posting this speech

Video Of (Dis)Interest

Miss Throwdown

In honor of bdzl's comment in yesterday's Shotgun/Throwdown, Today's Miss Throwdown is an English actress/Death Dealer who really needs no introduction. CLICK HERE for Kate Beckinsale's Instagram.