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The Shotgun/Throwdown (12/13/18): West Virginia Won One of College Football’s Best Games this Season

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ESPN ranked college football’s top 15 games of the season, and WVU was featured in two of the listed games. One of which, in the top three of the ranking, will go down as a classic game in Mountaineer football history.

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Texas Bethany Hocker-USA TODAY Sports

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Football

The best games of the 2018 season
The Mountaineers have two games in the top 10 of ESPN's ranking of college football's best games of the 2018 season! Only one team had more than two games to make the list. WVU also had an unforgettable victory make it into the top three of the ranking.

Sills V Named to AFCA All-America Team - West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia senior receiver David Sills V has been named to the American Football Coaches Association's All-America Second Team.

Camping World Bowl: QB Dungey Presents Big Challenge For WVU Defense - West Virginia Athletics
After facing the Heisman Trophy winner, Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, in their last game of the season, the Mountaineers will now have to face another talented quarterback in Syracuse's Eric Dungey.

WV MetroNews – Receiver Isaiah Hazel, West Virginia’s top-rated recruit, flips to Maryland
As anticipated, West Virginia's top recruit changed directions after a coaching change at Maryland. The Mountaineers are prepared to handle the defection.

Basketball

United Bank Playbook - Rhode Island - West Virginia Athletics
Before WVU can turn its attention to Rhode Island this Sunday afternoon at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase, Bob Huggins felt the need to put a bow on last Saturday's 69-59 Backyard Brawl victory over Pitt. Listen to what coach Huggins had to say on this edition of the United Bank Playbook.

WVU basketball: Leadership a group effort this season | WVU Gameday | wvgazettemail.com
On the best teams Bob Huggins has fielded since he became West Virginia's basketball coach, there has been “the guy.” Huggins has enjoyed the luxury on one player he could turn to in the clutch, one prominent leader.

West Virginia Athletics

Eight Named to Academic All-MAC Team - West Virginia Athletics
Eight West Virginia men's soccer players have been named to the Academic All-MAC Team. The eight accolades are WVU's second most since joining the league in 2012 and the second most among MAC teams honored in 2018.

Mountaineers in the Pros: Week 14 - West Virginia Athletics
In this week's report, Quinton Spain helps the Titans set a franchise record, Bruce Irvin continues to get after quarterbacks, and Adam Pankey makes his 2018 debut for Green Bay.

Around the Big 12

The Big 12 Conference's Top Five 2019 NFL Draft Prospects
A look at the top five NFL Draft prospects from the NCAA's Big 12 who could declare for the 2019 Draft.

Mandel: It’s a golden opportunity. The Big 12 should add UCF. – The Athletic
Both sides bring value, and the league could add more schools that make sense in terms of geography and market size, so should the Big 12 Conference consider expansion?

Around the NCAA

Picks for all 39 bowl games by a Vegas-beating computer - SBNation.com
Entering a bowl pool? Allow us to help you out a bit.

How all 4 Playoff QBs fit into college football’s QB-run revolution - SBNation.com
The best teams are coming closer to a consensus on how often it’s smart to run the quarterback. In different ways, the four Playoff teams have gotten there by getting the balance right.

Villanova’s 25-game ‘Big 5’ winning streak ends with 78-75 loss to Penn - SBNation.com
The Philadelphia Big 5 is up for grabs once again!

Expand the College Football Playoff? A brief history of the debate - SBNation.com
Should the College Football Playoff expand? And if so, how many teams should get in to compete for the national championship each year?

Manny Diaz going to Temple could be a big problem for Miami - SBNation.com
Manny Diaz’s departure could pose a real problem for a team that can’t afford to have its defense not be great.

Is there real hope for College Football Playoff expansion?
Could there be actual movement among college football's power brokers for an expanded playoff?

The Celtics don’t need their stars to win games - SBNation.com
Boston’s convincing win without its three stars was a reminder that sometimes they just don’t need them to win games.

How do NFL defenses survive in a game that favors offense? - SBNation.com
The deck is stacked against defenses in today’s NFL, so to have an impact, teams are having to reassess what they want a defense to do.

NFL picks 2018, Week 15: Patriots, Rams expected to bounce back - SBNation.com
Check out this week's NFL picks!


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