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The Shotgun/Throwdown (8/23/18): Where Should West Virginia Be Ranked, Realistically?

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There are a wide range of projections for this year’s Mountaineer football team, but where will WVU realistically finish?

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Football

WV MetroNews – WVU in the polls: SI.com loves ’em, computers dismiss ’em, AP plays it down middle
AP voters pin the Mountaineers at 17th in the nation, a middle-ground amid some scattered preseason forecasts.

2018 Big 12 expert picks: Overrated, underrated teams and predicted order of finish - CBSSports.com
Check out the bold predictions of the CBS Sports Big 12 experts regarding WVU in their 2018 picks.

WV MetroNews – Bailey, Norwood and Pitts competing as ‘three starters’ at corner
The Mountaineers are calling this their “mock week,” since it is a week before a game week. Yes, football is that close. WVU coaches are incorporating in-season logistics as a part of the "mock week."

Gibson Trusting His Instincts With Mountaineer Defense in 2018 - West Virginia Athletics
Judgement and instinct should come in handy as defensive coordinator Tony Gibson coaches the WVU defense the season.

Mitch Vingle: Fresh eyes and WVU's running back situation | Mitch Vingle | wvgazettemail.com
WVU running backs coach Marquel Blackwell is new to the program, which means he can provide a new outlook on the Mountaineer running backs situation.

WV MetroNews – Notebook: Mountaineers add juco receiver 12 days before opener
The Mountaineers add another receiver to the roster. The newcomer is junior college transfer Isaiah Esdale and he will be listed as a sophomore for WVU.

The Dana Holgorsen Press Conference Show - West Virginia Athletics
WVU Athletics and the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG will broadcast a radio show for Dana Holgorsen's weekly press conference on Tuesday afternoons for the duration of the football season.

West Virginia Athletics

2018 Season Preview - West Virginia Athletics
Men's soccer senior midfielder Joey Piatczyc looks to lead WVU this season with his incredible skill and valuable experience.

Around the Big 12

Transfers, incoming freshmen make Kansas Jayhawks favorite in Big 12 2018-19 season
According to ESPN, the biggest challenge to the Jayhawks' Big 12 reign will come from Kansas State and not the Mountaineers.

Big 12 Football: Preview and Predictions for 2018 Season | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
The Big 12 conference is in an odd position this football season. More than half of the league should cruise to bowl eligibility, but no roster gives off a feeling of dominance entering the 2018 season.

Rivals.com - Over/under win totals: Sizing up the Big 12
How many wins are the Mountaineers and the other teams of the Big 12 projected to have this season?

Around the NCAA

Urban Meyer suspended for Ohio State’s first three games of 2018 - SBNation.com
The Buckeyes’ head coach has been on administrative leave since August 1 and now he faces suspension.

Florida’s 7 FBS coaches explain college football’s most chaotic state - SBNation.com
The story of Florida’s outsized influence on college football, from Lou Saban to UCF’s undefeated "national championship" season, as told by the seven men leading its biggest programs.

How the Nebraska vs. Minnesota Broken Chair Trophy became a thing - SBNation.com
Rivalry trophies are very common in the Big Ten conference, but some of the newer rivalries don't quite have the same history as others.

It’s on: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s match play showdown is on for Thanksgiving in Las Vegas - SBNation.com
Nearly 30 years after the rivalry began, two of golf's biggest stars are going head to head in a one-on-one, high-stakes showdown in Las Vegas.

12 hidden images in sports logos - SBNation.com
Some of these hidden images may blow your mind.

NFL free agents 2018: Dez Bryant and 39 other top players available - SBNation.com
Who is left on the NFL free agent market? There are still a few intriguing players for teams to explore as the regular season nears.

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