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West Virginia QB Skyler Howard ready to play vs. Youngstown State

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No one can question Skyler's toughness. The Mountaineer quarterback has ruled himself fit to start against the Youngstown State Penguins after straining his ribs against Missouri.

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Skyler Howard ready to play vs. Youngstown State | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard ruled himself fit to start Saturday’s home game against Youngstown State. The senior said he strained ribs on his left side in the second quarter of the win against Missouri.

QB Skyler Howard is West Virginia Tough | WVU Athletics
Sometimes when practices are stale and Dana Holgorsen is looking to give his offense a little jolt, he might let one of his defenders hit quarterback Skyler Howard. The super-competitive Howard always seems to respond whenever that happens and the rest of the team usually follows his lead. But what happened near the end of the first half of Saturday’s 26-11 victory over Missouri was clearly NOT what Holgorsen had in mind.

Holgorsen, WVU not taking Youngstown State lightly | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
After starting off its 2016 season with a comfortable win over Missouri, it might be easy for West Virginia to overlook its next opponent, Youngstown State, an FCS squad that finished with a 5-6 record in 2015.

Walk-on Kinney delivers in debut without O’Toole’s fanfare | WV MetroNews
Like most college punters, Billy Kinney is borderline anonymous outside the program. Then again, other punters don’t have to follow Nick O’Toole, a special-teams celebrity the past three seasons at West Virginia where he crushed punts and oozed personality.

West Virginia Athletics:

WVU Moves Up to No. 22 Nationally | WVU Athletics
For the second consecutive week, the West Virginia University men’s soccer team is nationally ranked, moving up to No. 22 in the Soccer America Men’s Top 25 poll.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

With Big 12 backing, Houston may eclipse schools that helped boost it | ESPN
The Big 12 is toying with the prospect of adding fast-rising Houston as it continues the evaluation process of expansion candidates this week.

Around The NCAA:

College football and lakes: 2 things Nick Saban can drive over without even looking | SBNation
This is The Top Whatever, Spencer Hall's weekly ranking of only the college football teams that deserve to be ranked at this time.

UCF vs. Michigan 2016 odds: Wolverines massive betting favorite again | SBNation
The Michigan Wolverines get another tune-up game at home on Saturday as huge chalk against the Central Florida Knights at the sportsbooks.

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