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West Virginia has been missing a natural rival in football since joining the Big 12. Is Texas becoming WVU’s biggest rival in football?
West Virginia is facing its toughest opponent of the season so far when #11 Texas comes to Morgantown. The Longhorns have an experienced offense, and while their defense is not as experienced, it is just as talented.
VanDarius Cowan will get to play in his first game for West Virginia this weekend. Cowan transferred to WVU from Alabama last summer, but had to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules before waiting another four games due to an NCAA-mandated suspension that carried over from his time with the Crimson Tide.
This week the nexus of the college sports universe is California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will allow California student-athletes to profit off of their name, image and likeness beginning in 2023. West Virginia football coach Neal Brown said the legislation is not on his radar with Texas looming this week.
West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia women’s soccer team started Big 12 play with a win over Iowa State. Now the Mountaineers are on the road to face Baylor and Texas. WVU will face Baylor tonight, and the match will be on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. The Mountaineers will play the Longhorns on Sunday, and that match will be on the Longhorn Network.
Former West Virginia rifle standout Ginny Thrasher has been selected as one of nine finalists for the 2019 Woman of the Year Award. Thrasher is the first Mountaineer to be selected as a finalist for the award.
The West Virginia rowing team will be competing in four races this fall. The two varsity races are the Yinzer Cup, hosted by Robert Morris, and the Head of the Schuylkill, in Philadelphia.
Around the Big 12
After the first few games, Big 12 members are gaining an understanding about where their teams are this season. What are the best case scenarios for the Big 12 teams this year?
West Virginia fans are not alone with their frustrations about ESPN+. Kansas State and Oklahoma State fans experienced technical difficulties in the stream of the game between their two teams, but that is not decreasing the Big 12’s enthusiasm about ESPN+.
A few Big 12 teams are putting up tremendous numbers nationally on defense this season. Check out which teams in the conference have defensive strengths.
#11 Texas won its first conference game and now the Longhorns are heading to Morgantown to face West Virginia. What does Texas need to do to make it to the Big 12 Championship?
Around the NCAA
This week’s Bottom 10 is here! This week’s notable newcomer is Virginia Tech, who did not help itself with its underwhelming pushup robot. Luckily fans only had to see the robot twice during the Hokies’ loss to Duke.
Here’s a look at some of the top contenders for several of the major national individual awards.
If this is truly a long-term trend, it could help explain some of the Pac-12’s struggles on the field.
The twists and turns of an elimination playoff game are what makes them the most dramatic stories in sports.
Every team in the AFC South is tied with a 2-2 record. The Houston Texans are the favorite for now, but not by much.
For the Utah Jazz to be the best in the West, Donovan Mitchell needs to take his game to another level. Can he do it?
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