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The Shotgun/Throwdown: Vic Koenning is Looking for Improvement on the West Virginia Defense

Despite the WVU offense being the focus of the Mountaineers’ blowout loss to Missouri, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning believes that his defense made crucial mistakes in the game.

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Football

Koenning wants defense to get ‘a little bit nuts’ after 22 missed tackles

Despite the West Virginia offense being the focus of the Mountaineers’ blowout loss to Missouri, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning believes that his defense made crucial mistakes in the game. Koenning recently spoke about the defenders inability to corral Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant in the backfield.

West Virginia looks to make changes to fix “non-existent” run game

The West Virginia run game has been nonexistent in the first two games of the season and Neal Brown feels that it needs to be corrected through lineup changes. Sophomore Leddie Brown may be providing a boost at the running back position this week against NC State.

United Bank Playbook - NC State Preview

The Mountaineers will host NC State and former WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson on Saturday. Check out this breakdown comparing the Mountaineers to this ACC foe.

Brown searches for the good this week

There have been a lot of negative aspects when evaluating WVU’s loss to Missouri last week. Head coach Neal Brown is looking for positivity this week, such as Leddie Brown’s return, as he and the Mountaineers prepare to take on the NC State Wolf Pack.

WVU football: Neal Brown shakes up Mountaineers’ midweek depth chart

First-year head coach Neal Brown made it clear during his weekly press conference that he and his coaching staff were not pleased with the performances they saw from the Mountaineers in the first two games of the season.

Basketball

West Virginia Athletics

No. 23 WVU Preps for Stony Brook

The #23 West Virginia women’s soccer team will host Stony Brook tonight in Morgantown. The Mountaineers are currently 2-2-1 after some tough matchups against fellow ranked teams, and Stony Brook comes into the game with a 4-2 record.

Sunahara, Mountaineers Travel to Honolulu

The West Virginia volleyball team is heading to Hawai’i for the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Volleyball Challenge. The Mountaineers will start by taking on #18 Hawai’i and UCLA on Friday, followed by a matchup with Utah State on Saturday.

Around the Big 12

Texas-LSU is the petty rivalry college football needed

The Longhorns find it fun to let the opponent’s locker rooms go without air conditioning or to put the visiting band in the nosebleed seats, but if someone shows “Horns Down” the fun is over. Check out this overview of college football’s new, petty rivalry.

Motley leads FBS in completion percentage allowed

Oklahoma cornerback Parnell Motley has been a lockdown defender during the first two weeks of college football. In the 12 times that Motley’s receiver has been targeted in the first two games, only one pass has been completed.

Kansas Is a +275 Favorite to Reclaim Big 12 Crown; Texas Tech Second at +450

The Kansas Jayhawks’ streak of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles came to an end last year. After a rough season, they have been selected as the favorite to reclaim the throne in this year.

Around the NCAA

10 College Football Picks Against the Spread (ATS) for Week 3

The Week 3 edition of college football picks against the spread is highlighted by some intriguing non-conference matchups: Kansas State makes the trip to Mississippi State; under-the-radar NC State travels to struggling West Virginia; and Penn State hosts Pittsburgh in the final game of a four-game series.

Florida has always been one of the most talented high school football states.

Check out this ranking of the “Bottom Ten” teams in college football, including four Power Five squads. Which program do you think is in the worst position?

The Sunshine State Scorecard

Florida has always been one of the most talented high school football states. Bud Elliott tracks the state of Florida’s many recruiting battles here, from now through February’s Signing Day.

Christian Yelich’s injury is crushing, but there’s still hope for the Brewers

Christian Yelich, the reigning National League MVP, is out for the season with a broken kneecap.

4 plays that show the Bengals’ Sam Hubbard is a full-fledged defensive star

Cincinnati’s Sam Hubbard has a blend of athleticism and relentless effort that makes him difficult to stop. Check out these four plays that show off Hubbard’s ability.

Stephen Curry is on the brink of another MVP

With Kevin Durant out of Golden State, everything is breaking for Steph Curry to win his third MVP.


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