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The Shotgun/Throwdown (11/22/18): Is tomorrow’s game against Oklahoma one of the biggest games in WVU football history?

Tomorrow’s Black Friday showdown could be the biggest game of Dana Holgorsen’s career, as well as one of the biggest games in the history of WVU football.

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Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions.

Football

West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen is more than a quirky coach
West Virginia's head coach Dana Holgorsen is always changing, much like his influential offense, and he can land a spot in the Big 12 title game with a win over Oklahoma.

WV MetroNews – Three Guys Before The Game – Oklahoma Preview (Episode 69)
Can Black Friday produce one of the brightest nights in Mountaineer football history? The scene is set for what could be an all-time classic encounter between WVU and OU.

Transfer quarterbacks to clash for spot in Big 12 title game
Two transfer quarterbacks have a chance to send their football teams to the Big 12 Championship when #13 West Virginia hosts #6 Oklahoma on Black Friday.

WV MetroNews – WVU notebook: Scoreless third quarters a puzzle for West Virginia offense
Whether it is merely an oddity or an actual trend, there is something up with West Virginia’s offense in the third quarter of games.

United Bank Playbook - Oklahoma Preview - West Virginia Athletics
Two of the best offenses in college football will be at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown in front of a sellout crowd on Friday night when the #13 West Virginia Mountaineers battle the #6 Oklahoma Sooners.

West Virginia Behind Three Loss Penn State and Florida In Latest CFP Rankings - The Smoking Musket
The final regular season college football rankings are out ahead of "Rivalry" Week.

Basketball

WVU basketball notebook: Consistency key for Lamont West going forward | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
The West Virginia basketball team is off to a slow start and battling injuries to key players such as guard Beetle Bolden and shot-blocking forward Sagaba Konate.

WVU Basketball Teams to Play in Cancun Challenge Thanksgiving 2019 - The Smoking Musket
The WVU men’s and women’s hoops teams will have fun in the sun next year.

Around the Big 12

Breckyn Hager issues public apology following Big 12 reprimand
The Big 12's reprimand of the Texas defensive lineman required a public apology to be issued.

Former Oklahoma players defend Texas' Breckyn Hager, call out Big 12 for being 'soft' | kvue.com
On Tuesday, a pair of former Oklahoma Sooner football greats expressed their opinions about the Big 12's reprimand of Hager's comments on Twitter.

Around the NCAA

College football rivalry nicknames: Ranking more than 170 of them - SBNation.com
So many Battles, Brawls, Wars, and Cups, all with local bragging rights on the line.

Oklahoma's Kyler Murray makes Heisman case, but is Big 12 hurting him?
Washington State's Gardner Minshew and UCF's McKenzie Milton strengthening chances of earning spot in New York as finalists.

Duke vs. Gonzaga final score: 3 things we learned as ‘Zags win Maui Invitational with huge upset - SBNation.com
The ‘Zags ended Duke’s unbeaten season in Maui.

College football coaching changes 2018, updated: Hiring/firing grades - SBNation.com
Let’s keep track as the coaching carousel begins to spin.

Apple Cup 2018: How WSU can finally beat Washington - SBNation.com
The Cougars have their best chance in a while to beat their archrivals.

The Butt Fumble, snow in Dallas and more Thanksgiving football memories - SBNation.com
Cowboys and Lions fans have plenty of great Thanksgiving memories. Before Thursday’s slate of games provide us with new moments to remember, let’s reflect back on some of the best and worst NFL Thanksgiving Day games.

Thanksgiving tips, tricks and a recipe from 4 NFL linemen - SBNation.com
No one does Thanksgiving better than NFL linemen, so check out their holiday tips.

NFL MVP race 2018: Drew Brees is your new frontrunner - SBNation.com
Will Drew Brees finally fill out his trophy shelf in 2018?


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