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The Shotgun/Throwdown: West Virginia’s run game is (probably) broken

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You are what you are, to paraphrase a thought from Bill Parcells. And that means West Virginia’s running game may be hopelessly broken.

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Football

Film Study: West Virginia’s running game may be hopelessly broken | WV MetroNews
With the season more than halfway in the books, there is very little remaining opportunity for deception in college football. Teams have either been exposed, or a template has been created for that exposure to happen in coming weeks.

Sooners simply above and beyond WVU | Times West Virginian
While it was the Sooner Schooner that crashed Saturday afternoon, it was the West Virginia football team that saw its wheels come off as No. 5 Oklahoma administered a 52-14 beating to the Mountaineers.

Kendall showed grit in return to OU, but the outcome was far from perfect | WV Illustrated
An injury could not deny redshirt junior quarterback Austin Kendall’s return to Oklahoma, even though he needed to convince his coaches that he was ready to play.

Tough guy Austin Kendall is just the leader West Virginia needs | WV MetroNews
West Virginia is not in win-now mode, as Saturday’s 52-14 drubbing at Oklahoma pounded home for anyone somehow still unaware this is the case. This is a young football team being thrown into a shark tank with a wetsuit made out of chum.

HERTZEL: Where’s that promised running game? | Times West Virginian
West Virginia ranks 126 out of 130 Division 1 teams in rushing yardage per game, having gained just 88 yards per contest. The Mountaineers are averaging 2.6 yards per rushing attempt. And poor Kennedy McKoy. That big season he was sitting on has turned into a nightmare.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Blanks Oklahoma | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University women's soccer team used a goal in the 54th minute and its sixth clean sheet of the season to earn a hard-fought,1-0, win over Oklahoma at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Sunday.

Mountaineers Cap Day One at The Tavistock | West Virginia University Athletics
Junior Logan Perkins leads the way for the No. 26 West Virginia University golf team through 18 holes at The Tavistock Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Florida, on Sunday. The Mountaineers and UCF are hosting the event at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.

West Virginia Sweeps Navy in Finale | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University tennis team finished the weekend with a sweep against Navy in singles play on Sunday afternoon at the Summit Tennis Academy in Morgantown to cap the 2019 Martha Thorn Invitational.

Around the NCAA

The Top Whatever: Adjust for Illinois, or Illinois will adjust you | Banner Society
Almost all college football rankings are fleeting and meaningless. In that spirit, each edition of The Top Whatever will be deleted seven days after publish. Subscribe to The Read Option newsletter to retain permanent copies of future editions.

BVP Award: College football’s most college football players | Banner Society
Finally, an award that honors college football’s history of THAT GUYs. Let’s use the whole 21st century so far as reference.

Nationals vs. Astros World Series is perfect end to a bizarre MLB season | SB Nation
A preview of the 2019 World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, both blessed with dominant starting pitchers.

The NBA state of power report card on LeBron James, market sizes, and more | SB Nation’s 2019-2020 NBA season preview
Big markets vs. small markets? LeBron vs. the next generation? The balance of power is up for grabs.

49ers vs. Washington was the least memorable game this NFL season, by far | SB Nation
No one did anything of note in Washington, except get covered in mud. Elsewhere in the NFL, it was a big week for the name Dallas and a Tom Brady cameo.

What, Exactly, Is HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Getting At? | The Ringer
Damon Lindelof’s series is the first extension of Alan Moore’s universe, and in it unexplained mysteries abound


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