Last week, West Virginia turned its full attention to Oklahoma State in preparation for its Big 12 opener in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday. Now, the Mountaineers have a little more information on the 15th-ranked Cowboys after watching them struggled against Tulsa. OSU lost starting quarterback Spencer Sanders early in the first quarter to a high ankle sprain, and backup Ethan Bullock struggled as Tulsa took a 10-3 lead right before the end of the first half.
West Virginia’s “preseason” came to an end this past weekend as the Mountaineers turn their attention to the Big 12 Conference opener Saturday at Oklahoma State. While the September 12th matchup against Eastern Kentucky occupied the focus of his team during game week, head coach Neal Brown acknowledged that the Mountaineers have been ramping up throughout the preseason to peak for the OSU game.
On this episode of “Three Guys Before The Game,” the guys begin to pull apart the story angles that will make this conference opener game very intriguing. Will the Cowboys be without their starting quarterback? Will former Mountaineer Josh Sills be a difference maker now that he is a Cowboy? Are there similarities to this season’s road opener and last season’s at Missouri?
On this week’s Mountaineer Insider Podcast is senior safety Alonzo Addae, who discusses his unusual path to Power 5 football. Addae discusses how he did not start playing football until his freshman year in high school after growing up playing youth soccer in Canada. Addae also recalls visiting the WVU campus once when he was younger.
West Virginia will once again play a regular season game without fans in the stadium. Only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and football staff will be admitted.
The Big 12 Conference has announced that West Virginia’s October 3rd home game against Baylor will kick off at noon ET. The game will also be nationally televised on ABC.
Bob Huggins is entering his 14th season guiding the West Virginia men’s basketball program. The upcoming 2020-21 season might be the most unusual season Huggins has ever encountered. Besides the schedule confusion, Huggins likes what he is seeing so far from this year’s team. He is impressed with how everyone is buying in and continuing to get better.
Veteran head coach Bob Huggins has the makings of an outstanding basketball team in 2021 – perhaps the deepest and most talented squad he has had since returning to his alma mater in 2008. West Virginia looks to have a very deep roster this season, especially with post players Derek Culver and Oscar Tshiebwe returning for their second season together.
On Wednesday, the NCAA Division I Council voted to start the college basketball season on November 25th, but there are still a lot of questions about where teams will be playing, if there will be fans in attendance, and how non-conference schedules will look. West Virginia was scheduled to participate in four games between November 10th and the 25th, but those games could now be in jeopardy.
The West Virginia women’s soccer team welcomed Kansas State to the Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown, where the Mountaineers earned an impressive 4-1 win. Sophomore Enzi Broussard scored two of WVU’s goals. Nicole Payne and Julianne Vallerand also scored for the Mountaineers.
Following her two-goal performance in last Friday’s 4-1 win over Kansas State, sophomore forward Enzi Broussard of the West Virginia women’s soccer team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week. Broussard tallied a career-high four shots on goal, helping WVU improve to 2-0 this season.
Stefany Ferrer-vanGinkel is the lone senior on the West Virginia women’s soccer team and she has showed her worth early this season for the Mountaineers. Ferrer-vanGinkel has already earned a spot on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week.
Around the Big 12
With only one Big 12 team in action over the weekend, there were not many changes in the second Big 12 Snapshot of the season. There could be a shuffle this weekend, with all ten teams set to open conference play. What tier does West Virginia currently fall under in the Big 12?
Four Oklahoma State Cowboys earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors after their performances against Tulsa. Wide receiver Tylan Wallace was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Week, while linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez picked up Defensive Player of the Week. Kicker Alex Hale was named Special Teams Player of the Week and freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth earned Newcomer of the Week.
Around the NCAA
None of the Saturdays of the 2020 season have been quite as wall-to-wall eventful as fans are used to in college football. But let’s take a look at some of the knee-jerk questions, and potential answers, that Week 3 presented.
Even with the Big Ten’s inclusion this week, it does not mean bowl projections are much closer to their usual format. Until there is more clarity about what bowl season looks like, ESPN’s bowl projections will continue to only feature the New Year’s Six.
The second week of NFL football was full of excitement, surprises, comebacks, and injuries. Check out the NFL’s Week 2 recap!
Last second field goals in the NFL, a comeback for the ages in college football, and a buzzer beater in the NBA highlighted a wild sports weekend. On the latest episode of “The Game Within The Game,” host Brad Howe and oddsmaker Dave Sharapan break it all down.
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