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The Shotgun/Throwdown (8/29/18): Dana Holgorsen’s depth chart joke sparked a fire on #VolTwitter

Tennessee fans are mad about all these “ORS”

NCAA Football: Battle at Bristol-Tennessee vs Virginia Tech Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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West Virginia’s depth chart got Tennessee fans mad, meaning FOOTBALL IS BACK, folks | SBNation
Only in college football!

Depth-chart gamesmanship or actual uncertainty? | WV MetroNews
There are enough “OR”s on the West Virginia and Tennessee depth charts to row a Viking ship across the northern Atlantic a millennium ago. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen and Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt are being careful not give much away to the opposition, but it’s also just a case of not really knowing who the starters are going to be yet.

WVU notebook: Final defensive takes and competing 'ORs' | Charleston Gazette-Mail
It’s game week for WVU’s football team, and Mountaineer quarterback Will Grier had a twinkle in his eye on Tuesday as if it were Christmas.

Similar Holgorsen, Pruitt crossing paths | WV News
It is almost eerie, the way the paths now cross between West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen and Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt as they open the 2018 football season Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is almost as if they were twins separated at birth, suddenly finding each other.

Column: Holgorsen brings valid point to light | The DA
West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen made a strong – and very excellent – point.

Simms in better state for this year’s opener: ‘He’s an electric player’ | WV MetroNews
Marcus Simms sat out West Virginia’s 2017 season opener serving a one-game suspension imposed after separate DUI charges spanning two states. A year later, life appears to have stabilized for the team’s fastest receiver.

West Virginia’s Josh Sills adding savvy to mauler attitude | WV MetroNews
Even at 6-foot-6 with cinder block arms and barn-sized shoulders, Josh Sills felt small. FedEx Field thundered and wretched when West Virginia collided with Virginia Tech during the 2017 opener, an environment temporarily overwhelming for the redshirt freshman.


Fairmont’s Jalen Bridges nets offer from WVU | WV MetroNews
Two weeks after announcing his intention to enroll in a prep school following his senior season in 2019, Fairmont Senior’s Jalen Bridges picked up an offer from West Virginia.

Around the NCAA

College football strength of schedule rankings and how to make them much more useful | SBNation
Check back here after Week 3 or so for weekly updated SOS rankings, but for now, here’s an explanation on how to do them right.

If Vegas is right about these 10 Power 5 teams, will they fire their coaches? | SBNation
Now that national expectations are clear, which coaches will have to overachieve to stick around?

A Clemson student is set to play QB against Clemson in Week 1 | SBNation
He’s in a double-degree program with Furman, and it’s allowed.

Ed Oliver is too good to emulate | SBNation
You wouldn’t teach a player to play his way, and it’s doubtful they could pull it off anyway. The potential No. 1 draft pick explains his game to SB Nation.

The Pirates lost a 15-inning game in the second-most embarrassing way possible | SBNation
In this week’s trip around dumb baseball, we have pitchers walking pitchers and important memes.

How an Explosion of Offensive Coordinator Turnover Will Affect Each NFL Team | The Ringer
An incredible 18 teams swapped their OCs this year—get ready for offenses to make some big changes

What could the Raiders get for Khalil Mack if they actually trade him? | SBNation
The Packers, Jets, and Bears are the betting favorites to land Khalil Mack if a trade happens.

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