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The Shotgun/Throwdown (9/18/18): Being the heavy favorite could work in West Virginia’s favor

The Mountaineers are currently undefeated when favored by double digits in Big 12 play since joining the conference.

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WV MetroNews – No. 12 West Virginia opens as heavy favorite over K-State
The Mountaineers are 11-0 as double-digit favorites in Big 12 games.

WVU-Kansas State football game set for ESPN broadcast | WVU Gameday |
This week’s Kansas State-West Virginia football game will be broadcast on ESPN.

WV MetroNews – Facing West Virginia, Bill Snyder dismisses old school vs. new school narrative
With no game to prepare for last week, Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff put in extra time on the next opponent, Kansas State.

WV MetroNews – Three Guys Before The Game – Pre-Pre Kansas State Edition
The wait is over, it is game week again for the Mountaineers. Listen in as Tony Caridi and the crew talk about this past weekend of college football.

WVU football notebook: Versatility key to getting best players on field for WVU defense | WVU Gameday |
Senior Dravon Askew-Henry is a veteran on the West Virginia secondary. Through his career in Morgantown he has seen just about all there is to see as a defensive back.

WV MetroNews – Tonkery tries to finish more plays after zero-tackle game vs. Youngstown
Sophomore Dylan Tonkery fell off in Week 2 after productive opener against Tennessee.

West Virginia, K-State Primer - West Virginia Athletics
Check out what Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen had to say in this week's Big 12 Teleconference.

WV MetroNews – West Virginia tackles doing their jobs, keeping Will Grier upright
For the first two games of West Virginia’s 2018 season, starting left tackle Yodny Cajuste and right tackle Connor McKivitz have looked like pass-pro pros.

WV MetroNews – Guard swapping duo Chase Behrndt, Joe Brown figure to ‘keep competing’
The Mountaineers' unexpected bye week as a result of Hurricane Florence may prove beneficial as WVU assess an offensive line position battle that has spilled over from training camp into the regular season.

Early Kickoff Time for West Virginia’s trip to Lubbock - The Smoking Musket
The Mountaineers will face the Red Raiders in a noon game on Saturday, September 29.

Mountaineers Jump 2 Spots in Both Polls - West Virginia Athletics
WVU is now ranked #12 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll and sits at #13 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

WVU extends offers during unexpected bye week | WVU Gameday |
The West Virginia coaching staff took advantage of the unplanned bye week, by making progress on the recruiting front.


Mountaineers Open Fall Practice - West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia baseball team started fall practice on Friday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Hall of Fame induction set for Saturday
West Virginia University will hold its 28th annual Sports Hall of Fame induction on Saturday prior to the WVU-Kansas State football game.

WVU Hosts Cincinnati Tuesday - West Virginia Athletics
The WVU men's soccer team welcomes former conference foe Cincinnati to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium tonight.

WV MetroNews – Sh’Nia Gordon lifts West Virginia over Saint Francis in Big 12 tuneup
After 71 scoreless minutes, Gordon put West Virginia ahead and Jordan Brewster tacked on an insurance goal for a 2-0 victory Sunday.

WVU Tops Wake Forest, Wins Mountaineer Classic - West Virginia Athletics
WVU went 3-0 on the weekend to win the tournament that it hosted in Morgantown.

DeMeo Earns Big 12 Honor - West Virginia Athletics
West Virginia volleyball's Katie DeMeo was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, after leading the team to its fourth straight win that included a perfect 3-0 record at the Mountaineer Classic.

Play Suspended at VCU Invite - West Virginia Athletics
The WVU golf team's first round of play in the VCU invitational was cut short due to inclement weather in Richmond, Virginia, yesterday.

Around the Big 12

WV MetroNews – Key points from Saturday’s action across the Big 12
Texas found its groove vs. USC, but TCU found it wasn't sharp enough to handle Ohio State.

Big 12 Roundup and Recap: Oklahoma Is Scary Good - The Smoking Musket
Kyler Murray keeps Oklahoma undefeated.

Big 12 football notebook: Oklahoma State defense shines against Boise State | WVU Gameday |
Oklahoma State has long been known for its offensive firepower, but the Cowboys’ defense stole the show in a marquee win against visiting Boise State over the weekend.

Around the NCAA

First-year college football coaches, ranked by how screwed they are -
We are three weeks in and there may already be some coaches on the hot seat.

North Texas’ FAKE FAIR CATCH trick play, explained by the coach -
UNT’s special teams coach and punt returner Keegan Brewer explain the weirdest, greatest play of 2018.

College Football Empires Map: LSU the new No. 1 -
Each FBS team started the season in control of its immediate area. And each week, winning teams gain more and more land.

A bunch of basketball schools are winning football games -
Teams like Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, and Indiana are now giving their primarily basketball focused fan bases something to do this fall.

How many elite college football teams does each season usually have? -
In the middle of every season, fans wonder whether we have too many or too few contenders. It’s usually right on course.

The best bets for Week 4 of college football, including Notre Dame -
The early betting lines often allow for the most value.

Welcome to the Patrick Mahomes show -
Vontae Davis retired at halftime, Ryan Fitzpatrick had his own Philly Special for the Eagles, and the Browns are still Brownsing in Week 2’s Pleighbook.

Watch Keelan Cole make one of the best catches in NFL history -
Keelan Cole continues to make explosive plays for the Jaguars.

Josh Gordon traded from the Browns to the Patriots. How will he fit? -
New England has juggled wide receivers all offseason, but Josh Gordon might offer a real solution.

The different ways the NFL could play overtime to avoid having more ties -
How can the NFL overtime rules be improved?

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