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The Shotgun/Throwdown: West Virginia looking for more big plays as the season continues

Big plays. That’s what West Virginia has been lacking this season and it was a strong focus during the off-week before this Saturday’s showdown with No. 11 Texas.

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Football

WVU hunting for more big plays | Times West Virginian
Big plays. In the end, that is what makes college football what it is, a Saturday afternoon or evening of excitement and suspense.

Grading West Virginia through the first four games | WV MetroNews
Somehow, the West Virginia’s first season under Neal Brown is already one-third of the way to the finish line.

1969 Peach Bowl Team to Reunite This Weekend | West Virginia University Athletics
It's been 50 years since West Virginia defeated ACC champion South Carolina in the 1969 Peach Bowl, and many of the surviving members of that exceptional Mountaineer team will reunite in Morgantown this weekend.

Lyons always prepared for instantaneous change | Blue Gold News
Like a Boy Scout, a good athletic director always has to be prepared. Change can happen in an instant, and an A.D. has to be ready to pivot on a moment’s notice.

Basketball

Tshiebwe absences, no worries for Mountaineers | Times West Virginian
West Virginia’s basketball team reports for its first official practice today with its most ballyhooed new figure, Oscar Tshiebwe, something of a mystery figure. The second 5-star prospect to be recruited by WVU, Tshiebwe missed the trip to Spain due to visa issues and then missed the pre-season scrimmage. He also was not at the first interview session with the team.

Baseball

Mazey: We Are Family | Times West Virginian
Good things happen to good people. Randy Mazey, West Virginia’s baseball coach, is good people and a good coach and a good father and family man.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Blanks Iowa State in Big 12 Opener | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University women's soccer team scored two goals in the first half and the defense recorded its fifth clean sheet of the season to defeat Iowa State, 2-0, in the first game of conference play on Friday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.

WVU Shuts Out Penn at Home | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University men's soccer team earned a 3-0 win over Penn in front of 1,534 fans at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.

Mountaineers Finish Weekend at William & Mary | West Virginia University Athletics
The West Virginia University tennis team won five total matches in the finale of the William Mary Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday afternoon at the Millie West Tennis Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Around the Big 12

Like it or not, Big 12 Now viewing experience is here to stay | WV MetroNews
If you had trouble viewing West Virginia’s 29-24 win at Kansas, Bob Huggins can relate.

Baylor, coach Matt Rhule agree to extension through 2027 season | ESPN
Matt Rhule has reached agreement on a contract extension that could keep him at Baylor through the 2027 season, the school announced Sunday.

Around the NCAA

College football Top Whatever rankings: Play in weird lights | 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.

How good (and bad) two-point conversions come together | Banner Society
Practice and planning are the key to any good 2PAT. (Except the ones where some wildness just happens.)

Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa Headline Early Heisman Race | The Ringer
One month into the season, the former Alabama teammates are the Heisman front-runners. But two transfer quarterbacks—Ohio State’s Justin Fields and LSU’s Joe Burrow—will have a say in who wins college football’s highest honor.

Rutgers fires Ash after 8 wins in 3-plus seasons | ESPN
Rutgers has fired coach Chris Ash after a 1-3 start to the season.

The collapse of the Oakland Raiders | SB Nation
How the Raiders’ obsession with success led to prolonged failure

What the future of the American sports stadium should look like | SB Nation
The American ballpark is in decline. Let’s build it back up by creating the perfect baseball stadium.

The Ringer’s Definitive ‘Breaking Bad’ Episodes Ranking | The Ringer
From "Face Off" to "Ozymandias" to "Fly" to everything else, we’ve ranked all 62 episodes of the AMC classic ahead of ‘El Camino’

How VH1’s ‘I Love the…’ Created a Generation of Culture Students | The Ringer
In 2002, VH1 introduced the ‘I Love the…’ franchise and changed how we talk about culture, injecting entertainment into the discourse around entertainment


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