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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Neal Brown and the Mountaineers Regroup During Bye Week

After three straight losses, Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers have hit the reset button and are going back to square one for the bye week.

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Football

WVU’s Brown Hits Reset Button This Week

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown is hitting the reset button this week, as the Mountaineers head into a bye week after three straight losses. WVU will need to make adjustments if it wants to compete in the next game against #14 Baylor on Halloween. Listen to what else coach Brown had to say on this week’s Big 12 Coaches’ Teleconference.

West Virginia will spend much of its bye week back at square one

WVU coach Neal Brown is going back to square one this week. Brown said that WVU needs to reevaluate the scheme and personnel in the Mountaineers’ run game. The Mountaineers are also hoping to recover from injuries on the defensive side, including linebacker Josh Chandler.

Three Guys Before The Game – Oklahoma Review (Episode 149)

Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval discuss the Mountaineers’ loss at #5 Oklahoma on this episode of Three Guys Before The Game. The guy also talk about a scrimmage for the West Virginia men’s basketball team against Penn State.

Basketball

West Virginia Athletics

Mountaineers Maintain No. 1 Ranking

Although the Mountaineers have not competed in over a week, the West Virginia rifle team remains at the top of the national rankings. The Mountaineers are 1-0 after opening the season with a win over #11 Nebraska. WVU will host the defending national champion, #2 TCU, this weekend.

WVU Finishes Day Two at The Tavistock

The West Virginia golf team showed improvement in the second day of at The Tavistock Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Florida. The Mountaineers are co-hosting the invitational with UCF. UCF is leading the way at 21-under and WVU is back in fifteen at 20-over.

Life as a Mountaineer – Christina Jordan

This week’s Life as a Mountaineer features Christina Jordan, a senior on the West Virginia women’s tennis team. Jordan’s college tennis career is progressing nicely, despite missing last week’s successful Martha Thorn Invitational because of an injury.

Tuesday’s Match at American Cancelled

The West Virginia men’s soccer team’s road stretch was shortened yesterday when WVU’s match at American was cancelled due to the conditions of the pitch. The 6-6-1 Mountaineers will head to Bowling Green this weekend to try to get their first MAC win of the season.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Preview: Can Kansas Re-Take the Conference Crown?

One season after the Jayhawks’ historic streak was snapped, they will look to get back to reigning over Big 12 basketball. Other teams are looking to bounce back, such as West Virginia, so where are those teams predicted to finish? Check out the projected standings, player awards, and more in this Big 12 basketball preview.

College basketball: ESPN+ to broadcast Big 12 men’s, women’s media days

ESPN+ will broadcast both Big 12 men’s and women’s basketball media days this week. The women’s event will air from 12:30-2:30 p.m. today. Men’s coverage will start at 8:50 a.m. on Wednesday and lasts until noon.

BU, ISU, OU and Texas Garner Week 8 Honors

The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week was Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Baylor linebacker Terrel Bernard took the Defensive Player of the Week honor, a game-winning field goal helped Texas kicker Cameron Dicker earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors, and the Newcomer of the Week was Iowa State running back Breece Hall.

Freshmen Sweep Volleyball Player of the Week Honors

The Big 12 volleyball players of the week were Skylar Fields of Texas and Kansas State’s Dru Kuck. Fields earned her third rookie of the week honor and first offensive player of the week award, while Kuck won her first career player of the week award.

Around the NCAA

Spartans No. 1 in AP preseason men’s basketball poll for first time

Michigan State is at the top of The Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball preseason poll. Check out where Kentucky, Kansas, and the rest of the top teams in the country ranked.

Ohio State-Wisconsin and other Week 9 contests with big CFP implications

There are some key games coming up this weekend that could have serious College Football Playoff implications. Some of the notable matchups include #2 LSU facing #9 Auburn, #8 Notre Dame taking on #19 Michigan, and #13 Wisconsin visiting #3 Ohio State.

The hide-and-seek trick play explains a lot about college football

The goal of any trick play is to make the defense think the ball is going one place, then put the ball in a different place, whether that’s as simple as a play-action pass, as absurd as a fumblerooski, or as daring as the Philly Special. Some innovations have gone beyond even that, hiding not just the ball, but also entire humans.

NBA Preview 2019

Find your NBA team in SB Nation’s season preview. Also take a look at other big storylines, as the season gets ready to begin.

11 winners from Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season

Week 7 of the 2019 season didn’t change much at the top or bottom of the NFL. The 49ers overcame a downpour to outlast Washington and stay undefeated. The Dolphins and Bengals, despite flashes of competence, remained winless.

The Celtics draft class already looks like a steal

The Celtics entered the 2019 NBA Draft on unsteady ground. Boston re-made its depth by finding some of the best value picks in the Draft.


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