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A Look Back At The Missouri-West Virginia Game That Wasn't

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The Mountaineers and the Tigers will face off tomorrow in Morgantown, but there was a recent time when the two programs were almost set to do battle.

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News Of Note

Football:

The Mizzou-WVU game that wasn’t | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Saturday is a day Missouri and West Virginia will meet on the football field. They will meet at noon in Morgantown to kick off the college football season with all the high hopes and pomp that usually surrounds an opener. This, however, is about the day they were supposed to meet — but did not.

Arndt ready for first start against Missouri | The Exponent Telegram
For almost five years now, Justin Arndt has been looking for that light at the end of the tunnel. He finally sees it, knows it’s coming at him with as much speed and power as any SEC player can muster and he’s ready to meet it head on, even if it might be like a crash between a coal diesel and a hand car.

WVU special teams could be area of concern versus Missouri | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Special teams can be exciting and excruciating in an opening game. WVU’s coverage and return teams are a lot like the offense and defense. They’re missing starters from last season and counting on either new starters or newcomers to play critical spots. There’s no way to guarantee someone new to his job won’t miss a block on a return or vacate his lane when he’s covering a kick. It’s a new experience at a different speed.

West Virginia Athletics:

Late Goals Deliver Win for No. 4 WVU | WVU Athletics
Though 66 minutes passed without a score, Thursday’s contest was never in doubt, as the No. 4-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team outplayed Purdue and earned a 2-0 win at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. Back-to-back goals from junior forwards Heather Kaleiohi and Michaela Abam delivered the Mountaineers (4-0-1) their fourth straight victory in front of 1,320 fans and pushed the team’s home unbeaten streak to 28.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Kansas State defense puts elite aspirations to the test vs. Stanford | ESPN
K-State safety Dante Barnett believes the Wildcats have the talent and experience to dominate on defense this season.

Why Kansas State is a worthy challenge for Christian McCaffrey | SBNation
The oddsmakers don’t much like Kansas State’s chances in Palo Alto on Friday (9 p.m. ET, FS1), favoring the Cardinal by two touchdowns, and it’s not hard to guess why.

Around The NCAA:

Penn State plans to honor Joe Paterno with a commemorative gameday promotion | SBNation
A game against Temple on Sept. 17 includes a "commemoration" of the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first game as the team’s head coach.

Watch all 8 -- EIGHT! -- first half touchdowns by Louisville's Lamar Jackson | SBNation
Don’t know who Lamar Jackson is? Well, the opening night of college football season is as good a time as any to learn. You could read our post about the hypertalented Louisville quarterback, or you could watch this video of Jackson accounting for eight touchdowns — six passing, two running — in a single half against overwhelmed Charlotte.

What's On Tap

Kansas State Wildcats vs. (8) Stanford Cardinal
Tonight at 9:00PM EST on Fox Sports 1 from Stanford, CA. Christian McCaffrey looks to kick off his Hesiman campaign against the SnyderCats. Kansas State are 15 point underdogs.

Missouri Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Saturday at Noon EST on Fox Sports 1 from Morgantown. The Mountaineers face off with an SEC foe breaking in a brand new head coach. West Virginia is favored by 10 points.

(3) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (15) Houston Cougars
Saturday at Noon EST on ABC from NRG Stadium in Houston. The defending Big 12 champions square off with the Group of 5 darling. The Sooners are 12 point favorites.

(10) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Texas Longhorns
Sunday at 7:30PM EST on ABC from Austin, TX. Charlie Strong's Longhorns look to get the season started off with a big win. Texas is 4 point underdogs.

Video Of Interest

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Video Of (Dis)Interest

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