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The Shotgun/Throwdown (10/23/18): Mountaineers Plan to Bring Energy on Thursday Night

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After a devastating loss to Iowa State, many WVU players have said that energy was the difference in that game. The Mountaineers are planning to improve in that aspect this week when WVU plays its first Thursday night home game since 2014.

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Football

WV MetroNews – After a long wait, West Virginia eager to put Iowa State in the rear-view mirror
It was a long open week for West Virginia, but the Mountaineers think they have found the key to making sure there are no repeats of their loss at Iowa State. Many WVU players said that energy was the difference in that game. They are also saying that they will improve in that aspect this week when WVU plays its first Thursday night home game since 2014.

Was writing off West Virginia quarterback Will Grier for the Heisman Trophy premature? | Sports | wvnews.com
A week ago, many were writing Will Grier out of the Heisman Trophy race after Iowa State chased him all over the field and held him to minimal passing yards.

WV MetroNews – Three Guys Before The Game – Preview Baylor (Episode 60)
Tony Caridi and the guys preview WVU's upcoming night game in this edition of Three Guys Before The Game. They also discuss how the Mountaineer fan base could be teetering after the Mountaineers' last performance.

WVU football: Mountaineers get back to basics ahead of Baylor's visit | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
The West Virginia football team used its off week to get back to basics on offense. It’s a step the coaches and players hope results in a return to what defined the first month of WVU’s season on that side of the ball.

WV MetroNews – WVU notebook: Will Grier walks line between playmaker and game manager
Will Grier talks about knowing when to throw the ball away, Colton McKivitz shoots a gift for Gary Jennings, and West Virginia awaits its game time against Texas.

Six Day Window Exercised for Nov. 3 Texas Game - West Virginia Athletics
The network television broadcast options for West Virginia's game against Texas on November 3 are FOX or ABC/ESPN. Times that are options for the game are either 3:30 p.m. ET, 7:15 p.m. or 8 p.m. The game time and network designation will be announced late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Basketball

WVU lands at No. 13 in AP Preseason Top 25 Poll - The Smoking Musket
Bob Huggins’ team still looks strong to pollsters. The Mountaineers start the season at #13 in the country.

West Virginia Athletics

Backyard Brawl Returns to Morgantown Tuesday - West Virginia Athletics
The 49th edition of the Backyard Brawl returns to the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium pitch as the West Virginia men's soccer team hosts Pitt tonight. The Mountaineers have defeated the Panthers in their last seven meetings in Morgantown.

Mountaineers Up to No. 2 - West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia rifle team moves up to #2 in this week's College Rifle Coaches Association Rankings. The Mountaineers remain undefeated this season with a 6-0 record.

Duo in Top 10 After Two Rounds at Tavistock - West Virginia Athletics
Senior Max Sear and sophomore Matthew Sharpstene are in the top ten of the 75-player field after two rounds of play at The Tavistock Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Florida, yesterday.

Around the Big 12

TCU QB Shawn Robinson to have season-ending shoulder surgery – CollegeFootballTalk
TCU starting quarterback Shawn Robinson may have played his last game for the Horned Frogs in 2018. Michael Collins will be the teams new starter in place of the injured Robinson.

TCU WR KaVontae Turpin arrested for assault
TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin was arrested Sunday on an assault charge.

Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders uniforms - SBNation.com
It’s been 30 years since Barry Sanders dominated college football en route to a Heisman Trophy. They are bringing him and his teammates back for a special homecoming Saturday in Stillwater.

Around the NCAA

Jim Harbaugh calls Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State ‘bush league’ after dustup - SBNation.com
This is the latest installment in a growing history of beef between Jim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio.

WAKEYLEAKS REVENGE: What if Wake Forest gets Bobby Petrino fired? - SBNation.com
Wake Forest and Louisville have a bizarre history, and this matchup against the Deacs might be Louisville’s last winnable game all year.

Devin White’s targeting suspension upheld after heavy pushback from LSU - SBNation.com
LSU athletic director Joe Alleva’s was reportedly fighting the suspension, but not successfully.

One of college football’s wildest game endings ever, explained - SBNation.com
Three untimed downs, a near kick six, and more in the final seconds of this Old Dominion and Western Kentucky game.

If USC keeps underachieving, should Clay Helton be on the hot seat? - SBNation.com
Year three for Clay Helton and the Trojans is not going well. Is being merely above average good enough for the West Coast heavyweight?

College Football Empires Maps: PURDUE now leads Historic version - SBNation.com
Every FBS team started with land, and every week winners take more and more. Purdue's upset win has led to this week's historic College Football Empire Map.

VIDEO: Pat McAfee Goes Undercover as Grandpa and Drills Field Goals for Charity | 12up
Former West Virginia Mountaineer and Indianapolis Colts kicker Pat McAfee dressed as a 70-year-old man and nailed three kicks for charity.

Lakers-Rockets fight: Everything you need to know about ‘Spitgate’ - SBNation.com
The Rockets and Lakers engaged in the first actual fight of the NBA season, and two mortal enemies were at the center of the storm.

World Series 2018: 4 keys for the Dodgers to beat the Red Sox - SBNation.com
Here is how the Dodgers can beat the Red Sox in the World Series.


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