After West Virginia’s 37-10 win over #16 Kansas State and Texas’ 41-34 overtime win at Oklahoma State, the Mountaineers find themselves one game behind the Wildcats and Iowa State in the Big 12 Conference standings. The top two teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the conference championship game. WVU and the Longhorns will also be facing off this Saturday in Austin.
On Saturday afternoon, the West Virginia football team got a signature win over #16 Kansas State in Morgantown. Something that has plagued the Mountaineers all season is dropping passes in key situations. Against the Wildcats, those drops were few and far between. WVU head coach Neal Brown believes that his receivers are improving.
Six games into the season, West Virginia wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton finally delivered something coach Neal Brown has been seeking all year from his youthful offense – an explosive play from an outside receiver against man coverage. It happened early in the second quarter of WVU’s 37-10 win over #16 Kansas State and it provided a big boost for the Mountaineers.
On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” the guys take a deeper look into how West Virginia played its most complete game of the season in Saturday’s convincing victory over #16 Kansas State. Other topics include Mike O’Laughlin’s emergence and long-term outlook, midseason MVP candidates, and underappreciated Mountaineers.
When West Virginia effectively runs the ball and stops the other team from running it, the Mountaineers win. When the Mountaineers struggle to run the ball and struggle to stop the other team from running it, they lose. Take a look at the evidence behind this statistical reoccurrence for WVU.
Texas is back in contention for a spot in the Big 12 Championship game after a 41-34 overtime win at Oklahoma State Saturday night. That result ensured that the top six teams in the league standings are separated by just one game with a little over a month to play in the regular season. West Virginia visits Texas on Saturday at noon.
The Big 12 Conference has announced that West Virginia’s November 14th home matchup against TCU will be televised on FOX, but a start time has not yet been determined for the game.
West Virginia Athletics
The West Virginia women’s cross-country team brought home third place in this year’s Big 12 Championship race, which was hosted by the Kansas. In addition, three Mountaineers were awarded All-Big 12 honors. Sophomores Ceili McCabe and Katherine Dowie, along with junior Charlotte Wood, finished in the top 15 and were named to the All-Big 12 Team.
West Virginia will welcome fans back to the WVU Coliseum for the Mountaineer volleyball team’s remaining four home matches this fall, starting with a two-match series against Iowa State on November 6th and 7th. The Mountaineers will close their home fall slate against #1 Texas on November 12th and 13th.
After notching a fourth-place finish at the 2020 Big 12 Championship, sophomore Ceili McCabe of the West Virginia cross country team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week.
Around the Big 12
The weekly Big 12 Snapshot uses a fantasy football-style tier format, unlike conference standings or traditional power ratings. Where are the Mountaineers at this point in the season? Let’s take a look at how things are shaping up in the Big 12 Conference heading into the first Saturday in November.
Oklahoma’s Rhamondre Stevenson and Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace shared Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades. A pair of Longhorns picked up honors as Joseph Ossai was named Defensive Player of the Week and D’Shawn Jamison was the Special Teams Player of the Week. West Virginia graduate transfer Tony Fields II collected Newcomer of the Week recognition.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the 20 watch list candidates for the 2021 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Big 12 representatives include Baylor’s Jared Butler, Marcus Garrett of Kansas, Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham, and Matt Coleman III of Texas.
Around the NCAA
While there was not a lot of drama this past week in college football, losses by Oklahoma State and Kansas State did shake up the Big 12. As a result, the Big 12 appears to be wide open. Here is how the hierarchy for each conference sits through nine weeks of the season.
A title run features all sorts of obstacles both foreseen and unforeseen, and the biggest questions facing each team at the moment are a mix of the two. Let’s look at each of the primary contenders and the “Biggest Obstacle” category into which they each most neatly fit.
Check out how each championship team’s White House visit went during the last four years, including the West Virginia rifle team’s trip to the Oval Office in 2017 after the Mountaineers won the NCAA national championship.
We have officially hit the midpoint of the 2020 NFL season. The undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers are clearly one of the winners from week 8 of the season. On the other side, the New York Jets stood out as one of the losers of the week.
Have any tips, suggestions or requests for what you want to see in The Shotgun Throwdown? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or contact us on social media.
Facebook: The Smoking Musket
Join the Discord: The Smoking Musket Discord