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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 03 Baylor at West Virginia Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Football

Akheem Mesidor off to strong start in first season at WVU

A name that you will become familiar with throughout the season will be Akheem Mesidor. Mesidor is a true freshman, and immediately making a name for himself on the field. Mesidor, an Ottawa, Ontario native, has played in the first three games of the season. He earned his first career start last Saturday against Baylor. In that game, Mesidor recorded four total tackles and one sack. On the season, he now has nine total tackles.

Brown says Baylor game a turning point only if momentum can continue

West Virginia will be heavily favored to improve 3-1 next Saturday afternoon when the Mountaineers host Kansas. The game will also be the first home game that Mountaineer fans can attend this season. WVU successfully, although anxiously, cleared a swing game in their schedule last Saturday in a 27-21 double overtime win over Baylor. Head coach Neal Brown thinks the game could be a benchmark in the evolution of his program.

Neal Brown on football and The Fugees

In the middle of West Virginia’s second bye week of the season, WVU head coach Neal Brown appeared as a guest on MetroNews Talkline Wednesday morning. Even though Baylor is not highly regarded as a top contender for the Big 12 title, Brown has not forgotten what the Bears accomplished a year ago. Coach Brown also hasn’t forgotten who was popular in the music industry when he got his first car.

West Virginia Athletics

Adams Ranks No. 1 in WIN Preseason Rankings

As the NCAA awaits to announce when the Division I college wrestling season will take place, redshirt junior Noah Adams of the West Virginia wrestling team has earned the # 1 ranking at 197 pounds in WIN Magazine’s 2020-21 National Preseason Individual Rankings. Adams, a native of Coal City, West Virginia, was crowned a Big 12 Champion at 197 pounds a year ago, completing the 2019 season with a 32-0 overall record.

Brewster Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Junior defender Jordan Brewster of the #9 West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Brewster scored a goal and anchored a solid defensive effort in the Mountaineers’ 2-1 win over Texas. The goal was her first of the season.

WVU ranks No. 9 in latest women’s soccer poll

The West Virginia women’s soccer team ranks #9 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s National Poll. Following a 2-1 win over Texas, the Mountaineers are 3-1 this season and are down two spots from last week’s rankings, but still sit in the nation’s top 10 for the third consecutive week to begin the season.

Mountaineers in the Pros: Week 4

In Week 4 of the 2020 NFL Season, nine former Mountaineers saw action. Kyzir White led the Chargers in total tackles with eight in a loss to the Buccaneers. Quinton Spain helped his quarterback, Josh Allen, throw for 288 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills’ win over the Raiders.

Around the Big 12

Different type of shootout on tap as No. 22 Texas takes on Oklahoma

There is a lot that makes the Red River Showdown one of the most unique games in college football. One of the biggest things is the atmosphere created by the State Fair of Texas and both fanbases filling up the Cotton Bowl. But much of that will be different on Saturday.

Around the NCAA

No. 7 Miami looking forward to big game vs. No. 1 Clemson

With nine consecutive seasons with double-digit victories and five straight trips to the College Football Playoff, Clemson has been playing in big games for the better part of a decade. Now Miami wants to join in on the fun. The #7 Hurricanes will get that chance Saturday night when they tackle unbeaten and top-ranked Clemson in a primetime, nationally televised game this week.

Surging No. 14 Vols prepare for test at No. 3 Georgia

With eight consecutive wins going back to last year, #14 Tennessee is on the rise under third-year coach Jeremy Pruitt. How good the Volunteers really are, though, could be answered in 60 minutes of SEC football Saturday at #3 Georgia.

6 winners and 4 losers from Week 4 in the NFL

Week 4 brought another bizarre week in a very strange NFL season, including games being postponed due to COVID-19 and the NFC East looking even worse. Let’s get to winners and losers.

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