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The Shotgun/Throwdown (11/5/18): West Virginia enjoying the view from the top of the Big 12

The Mountaineers are tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 Conference with three games left in the regular season. The Sooners have seen this view before, but it’s a whole new world for West Virginia in early November.

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Football

No. 7 Mountaineers like the view from on top of the Big 12 | Times West Virginian
West Virginia likes this view: The Mountaineers are tied with Oklahoma for first place in the Big 12 Conference with three games left in the regular season. The Sooners have seen this view before, but it’s a whole new world for West Virginia in early November.

Holgorsen Rolls the Dice ... And Wins! | West Virginia Athletics
There’s nothing quite like winning a road football game against a nationally ranked football opponent. But when your head ball coach chooses to win it by going for the two-point conversion instead of playing things conservatively for the tie, that’s the kind of decision making that can rally a fan base.

WVU recruiting: Plenty of offensive linemen on the radar | Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia University’s football team got a glimpse of what life would be like without star offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste on Saturday. The Preseason All-Big 12 pick was ejected early in the win over Texas, but his backup, Kelby Wickline, stepped up and performed well in his place.

Football Names Award Winners For The Texas Game | West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia University football coaching staff has named its award winners for outstanding performances in the Mountaineers’ 42-41 win at Texas on Saturday, Nov. 3.

West Virginia Athletics

West Virginia women looked untouchable in Big 12 tournament | WV MetroNews
Amanda Saymon and Lauren Segalla scored second-half goals and No. 14 West Virginia completed its dominant run through the Big 12 women’s soccer tournament with a 3-0 win over No. 9 Baylor in Sunday’s title game.

Women’s soccer: WVU claims Big 12 tournament championship | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia women’s soccer team added yet another trophy to the case Sunday.

Big 12 Champions! | West Virginia Athletics
An advantageous bounce, brute senior strength and a stout defensive effort put the No. 14-ranked West Virginia University women’s soccer team back in familiar territory, as the second-seeded Mountaineers won the 2018 Big 12 Soccer Championship title with a 3-0 win over No. 9-ranked Baylor this afternoon at Swope Soccer Village.

Duo Posts Top-20 Finish at Ka’anapali | West Virginia Athletics
A pair of Mountaineers finished in the top-20 to lead the West Virginia University golf to an eighth-place finish at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate Invitational on Sunday.

Schmitt Claims His Division at Hokie Open | West Virginia Athletics
Redshirt sophomore Matthew Schmitt went 5-0 in his pool to claim his first tournament win of his career at 133 pounds, as the West Virginia University wrestling team completed the 2018 Hokie Open in Roanoke, Virginia, with 10 top-five finishes on Sunday.

WVU Claims Four Wins in Tournament Finale | West Virginia Athletics
Highlighted by four singles wins against Marquette in the final day, the West Virginia University tennis team completed its weekend at the Louisville Tennis Classic on Sunday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky.

Around the Big 12

Why Tom Herman complaining about uncalled taunting by WVU is so ironic | SBNation
In 2017, Herman participated in an extended taunt of an opposing player and didn’t get called for it. The thing he’s unhappy about now is a much more minor violation.

Kansas is firing David Beaty after four years of endless losing | SBNation
He’ll finish out the year, though, per the school’s plan.

The Big 12 stole the show with three of Saturday’s wildest and greatest games | SBNation
The Big 12 stole the show with three of Saturday’s wildest and greatest games

Around the NCAA

The College Football Empires Map, where Alabama and Notre Dame advance toward each other | SBNation
The rules: Every FBS team started with land, and every week winners take more and more. We’ve kept track all year long.

THIS WEEK IN SCHADENFREUDE, LSU prays Saban becomes ‘the Lance Armstrong of coaching’ | SBNation
Your tour of the angry college football internet spends the day in Baton Rouge.

130-team S&P+ rankings: Alabama and Clemson are lapping the field at this point | SBNation
Freshly updated S&P+ rankings through the 10th week of 2018’s college football season.

7 ways to enjoy 2018 college football just fine, even though Bama’s gonna win | SBNation
The Tide are probably going to go 15-0. That has nothing to do with how much fun you can have with this season.

Air Force’s falcon mascot reportedly improving after Army pranksters injured her | SBNation
The live mascot had reportedly suffered life-threatening injuries.

How the Saints became the first team to beat the Rams | SBNation
Alvin Kamara got the festivities started, Michael Thomas brought it home.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. to face undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan | SBNation
The rules for the bout are still being defined, but the 20-year-old kickboxer will be next-to-impossible to beat if he’s allowed to go all-out with his kicks.


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