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Dana Holgorsen Wants A Rowdy West Virginia Crowd For Big 12 Opener Against Kansas State

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West Virginia is undefeated. It's homecoming. It's Kansas State, a team the Mountaineers have yet to defeat in conference play. There's no excuse to not be loud.

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News Of Note

Football:

Holgorsen wants Milan-Puskar ‘to be rowdy’ for Big 12 opener | WV MetroNews
West Virginia is undefeated. It’s homecoming week. Heck, it’s Kansas State week. And more than 12,000 students requested tickets for Saturday’s stadium-striping spectacle.

Kansas State-West Virginia winner will retain upward mobility | WV MetroNews
When the Big 12 coaches made their preseason appraisals in July, they placed West Virginia and Kansas State in the final two available slots. (Iowa State and Kansas weren’t budging from the bottom rungs.) Entering conference play this week, the Mountaineers (3-0) and Wildcats (2-1) wield more favorable ratings, which is at least partly a product of the underperforming teams picked ahead of them. Nonetheless, this Saturday’s game in Morgantown feels meaningful enough that a sellout could be in the offing.

WVU, K-State on opposite ends of special teams play | The Exponent Telegram
Dana Holgorsen has seen nothing special in his special teams, and promises multiple changes this week against Kansas State, a school which annually has among the nation’s best special teams play and has used it to beat West Virginia the past two years.

WVU secondary feeling sting of injury bug | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia used 20 players on defense in Saturday’s win against BYU. Cornerback Antonio Crawford was one of them but only barely. Free safety Toyous Avery was not.

Hey folks, WVU has a top-10 receiver | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Most understand why West Virginia University’s football team, even at 3-0, is still trying to become nationally relevant. There are flaws to some extent, especially on the defensive side. What’s not easy to understand, however, is why Mountaineer receiver Shelton Gibson isn’t getting more love on the national stage.

West Virginia Athletics:

Mountaineers No. 4 in Two Polls | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University women’s soccer team is on the move, as the Mountaineers climb to No. 4 in today’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer America Polls.

WVU Moves into Top 20 | WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University men’s soccer team has moved into the top 20 in both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer America polls.

Around The League

Around The Big 12:

The Big 12 might not expand after all, but it technically didn’t promise it would | SBNation
The conference’s July expansion announcement was carefully worded.

Around The NCAA:

Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is so good, even his quiet games are amazing | SBNation
The most important stats of Week 4 of the college football season, from Jabrill Peppers’ quiet dominance to Colorado’s return to relevance.

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