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Football

Anticipating another close contest vs. K-State, Neal Brown says WVU must finish better

Three of West Virginia’s four Big 12 Conference games have been decided by seven points or less. The Mountaineers defeated Baylor in overtime at home but lost a pair of seven-point decisions away from Milan Puskar Stadium. They are arguably a few plays away from being 5-0, but also could be 2-3 without a fourth-down conversion in overtime against the Bears.

Three Guys Before The Game – Texas Tech Recap (Episode 238)

West Virginia’s loss at Texas Tech has left a mark. Head coach Neal Brown’s disappointment was obvious in his postgame press conference. No one said “Trust The Climb” was going to be painless. On this episode, Tony Caridi, Brad Howe, and Hoppy Kercheval dive into why WVU left Lubbock with his its first loss since 2012.

Sunday notebook: Targeting call on Tony Fields confounds Neal Brown

West Virginia senior linebacker and leading tackler Tony Fields II was ejected in the second quarter on a targeting call while making a tackle on Texas Tech quarterback Henry Colombi. The call was made only after an official review. WVU head coach Neal Brown thinks that the game has become difficult to officiate, and coach, in regard to targeting.

Monday Mountaineer Football Notebook

At this point in the season, all four Big 12 games have been competitive well into the second half, with West Virginia winning two and losing two. And in all four, the Mountaineers’ youthfulness has factored into the outcome one way or another. Despite the mistakes, WVU head coach Neal Brown believes that his team is better than it was one year ago.

Basketball

Men’s Hoops Big 12 Schedule Announced

West Virginia Director of Athletics Shane Lyons and the Big 12 Conference have announced the 2020-21 conference men’s basketball schedule. WVU will open Big 12 play in December with two league games, starting with a home contest against Iowa State on the 18th and a game at Kansas on the 22nd. To start the 2021 calendar year, the Mountaineers will have a two-game trip to Oklahoma and to Oklahoma State. Check out the rest of the conference schedule here!

Big 12 Unveils 2020-21 Conference Schedule

The West Virginia women’s basketball team, in conjunction with the Big 12 Conference, released the 2020-21 conference schedule on Monday. WVU opens Big 12 play on December 10th, as the team welcomes Baylor to the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. The Mountaineers then embark on their first conference road trip with a matchup against Oklahoma State on December 18th.

WVU Sports Hall of Famer Smith Passes Away in Naples, Florida

WVU Sports Hall of Fame member Bob Smith has passed away at age 83. Smith scored 1,127 points in his decorated three-year Mountaineer career. He was a member of three Southern Conference championship teams and the 1959 NCAA runner-up squad.

West Virginia Athletics

Stahl Named Student-Athlete of the Week

Following her game-winning goal last Friday night at Oklahoma, junior forward Alina Stahl of the West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week. Stahl helped the Mountaineers to a 1-0 win over the Sooners when she found the back of the net in the 20th minute.

Nagato Finishes Second in Tournament Finale

Freshman Momoko Nagato of the West Virginia tennis team claimed a second-place finish in this weekend’s Fall Circuit tournament in Morgantown on Sunday afternoon.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 Snapshot: Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on

Last week, there were no changes in any of the three tiers in the Big 12 Snapshot, but this edition has a host of teams on the move. Check out the weekly snapshot, which employs a fantasy football-style tier format, rather than conference standings or power ratings.

Standouts from BU, ISU, K-State and OU Earn Week 7 Awards

Iowa State’s Breece Hall and Oklahoma’s Marvin Mims shared Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Mims was also named the Newcomer of the Week. Baylor’s Terrel Bernard was named Defensive Player of the Week, while Kansas State’s Phillip Brooks was selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Around the NCAA

College football conference power rankings

Although there were minimal major upsets this past weekend in college football, the return of the Big Ten added intrigue. After its first week of games, how does the Big Ten compare to the conferences that have been playing for weeks? Check out this power ranking of the college football conferences.

College football bowl projections after Week 8

In the return of the Big Ten, Penn State fell to Indiana by one point, 36-35, in overtime. How did this upset and the rest of Week 8’s results shake up the projected bowl matchups?

5 winners and 3 losers from Week 7 in the NFL

There were lots of NFL quarterbacks that had successful weeks, but there were a couple that did not. Here are five winners and a few losers from week 7 of the NFL season.

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