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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
West Virginia Athletics
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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, the reigning National League MVP, is out for the season with a broken kneecap.
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.
With Kevin Durant out of Golden State, everything is breaking for Steph Curry to win his third MVP.
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