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Kansas State Is Just Another Opponent To West Virginia Quarterback Skyler Howard

For some players, the chance to knock off a team that the Mountaineers have yet to beat is enough to provide some added motivation. For Skyler Howard, it’s just the next game on the schedule and it happens to be against Kansas State.

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Football:

K-State just another opponent to Howard | The Exponent Telegram
The 0-4 conference record against Kansas State may have West Virginia fans more amped up than usual for Saturday’s contest, but for quarterback Skyler Howard, the past has no barring on his motivation or preparation.

WVU defense needs discipline against Wildcats | The Exponent Telegram
Kansas State’s offense figures to test West Virginia’s ability to stop the power run — and stay controlled enough to protect the back end from the threat of a timely passing game. It’s not that the Wildcats are particularly proficient at throwing downfield. KSU has had far bigger vertical threats than it currently possesses, and its 169-yard passing average won’t scare any solid FBS defenses.

Special teams to be point of emphasis this week for WVU | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Oklahoma State, one of the nine Big 12 teams remaining on West Virginia’s schedule, has returned 28 punts of kickoffs for touchdowns in the past 12 seasons. That’s the second-highest total in the country — by 13 touchdowns. The leader is the team that begins Big 12 play with WVU on Saturday. Kansas State has 21 kickoff and 20 punt return touchdowns since 2005. WVU has allowed one of each since joining the Big 12 in 2012.

West Virginia to Lift Lid on Big 12 Play Saturday | WVU Athletics
Week after week, month after month and year after year, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder keeps churning out winning football teams.   He did it back in the 1990s. He did it in the early 2000s. He did it in the late 2000s and he’s still doing it today.

West Virginia duo still kicking themselves for 2015 K-State loss | WV MetroNews
Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton hasn’t forgiven himself for last December’s 24-23 loss at Kansas State. Sure, there were 10 other West Virginia players who failed to impede Morgan Burns on the decisive 97-yard kick return, yet Benton faults himself primarily, and with harsh frequency.

WVU showed fight in face of adversity | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia came dangerously close to completing a total team loss Saturday. The finish was thrilling. The outcome was redeeming. The fact the Mountaineers are 3-0 again as they start Big 12 play with Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. game against 2-1 Kansas State at Mountaineer Field (ESPNU) is the best momentum available.

Perseverance pays off for Kyeremeh, Walters | The Exponent Telegram
There is no truth to the rumor going around that starting WVU will linebacker Sean Walters and nickel back Nana Kyeremeh were recruited to West Virginia by Don Nehlen — in his first year as a head coach. It only seems like they have been around Morgantown since 1980.

Basketball:

WVU’s Huggins holds court before team takes court | Charleston Gazette-Mail
When you enter the WVU men’s basketball facility, there’s a standup hologram of Mountaineer coach Bob Huggins with eyes that blink and follow your movement. It’s a neat facsimile. It’s no illusion, however, that the basketball season — or at least basketball practice — is upon Huggins’ team.

Huggins demands West Virginia stop giving back turnovers this season | WV MetroNews
As much as Bob Huggins loved watching his West Virginia press force turnovers, he cringed at how frequently his own ballhandlers threw away possessions.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU Wins Five-Set Thriller vs. TCU | WVU Athletics
Four players finished with double-digit kills as the West Virginia University volleyball team took a 3-2 win from TCU on Wednesday evening at the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers (10-6, 2-1) won the match over the Horned Frogs (9-4, 2-1) in set scores of 25-18, 24-26, 21-25 25-18 and 15-10.

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Around The NCAA:

The most obvious candidate for the LSU head coaching job is also the right choice | SBNation
Here are five reasons you should outbid everyone else for Tom Herman.

How Texas A&M’s gone from a stereotypical air raid team to a complete football team | SBNation
Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies look strong on both sides of the ball, thanks to some smart moves.

Orlando reportedly gets the ACC's football championship game that left North Carolina | SBNation
The game is out of North Carolina because of a discriminatory state law.

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