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The Smoking Musket 21 hours ago

Mountaineer Morning Links: Labor Day (9/1/14) Edition

More reviews from the Alabama game, weekend varsity action, recruiting notes, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Brown Derby Lager beer. What You May Have Missed: Gold & Blue Now: Sept. 1 - WV MetroNewshead football coach Dana Holgorsen addresses the media after a 23-33 season-opening lose to Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A kickoff game in Atlanta, Ga. Also, senior wide receiver Kevin White had a career game during...
The Smoking Musket Aug 31, 2014

Wake Up, College Football

SB Nation.com's Ryan Nanni (also of EDSBS fame as The Artist Formerly Known As Celebrity Hot Tub) and Dan Rubenstein's new easily digestible college football 'morning show', "Wake Up, College Football". A fun, light hearted look at week one's action.
The Smoking Musket Aug 31, 2014

Sunday Post-Game Roundup: West Virginia Mountaineers vs Alabama Crimson Tide

Post-game coverage of yesterday's game from all around the horn (including a couple perspectives from the other camp) including: Recaps, features, coaches press conferences, video highlights, photo galleries and results from around the Big 12. Recaps and Features: Blake Sims plays wire-to-wire as No. 2 Alabama beats West Virginia - ESPNRecap, stats, videos, photos, etc. Alabama Outlasts West Virginia - WVU Athletics Mountaineers miss opportunities, fall to No. 2 Alabama in season opener - Charleston Daily Mail Trickett, White connect for career days in loss to Alabama - Charleston Daily...
The Smoking Musket Aug 30, 2014

Highlights From The West Virginia - Alabama Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Video highlights from the season opening WVU loss to Alabama.
The Smoking Musket Aug 30, 2014

West Virginia Plays Well, But Alabama Wears The Mountaineers Down 33-23

The Mountaineers stood toe to toe with the Tide, but came up short in the end. According to the pundits and Las Vegas, West Virginia wasn't supposed to even be in the game. Alabama took a 3 point lead into halftime, but wore WVU down with their run game in the second half, pulling away a bit more for a 33-23 victory. Overall, WVU looked much improved over the team from a year ago. Clint Trickett played a good game, finishing with 365 yards and a touchdown pass to Kevin White, who led the receivers with 9 grabs and 143 yards. While the offense did move the ball through the air, the Alabama...
The Smoking Musket Aug 30, 2014

WVU Football 2014 Chapter 1: Our Past Shapes Our Future - Dougity Dog Video

Doug is back doing pre-game videos for the team again this season. Here's Chapter 1.
The Smoking Musket Aug 30, 2014

2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Alabama - TV, Radio & Game Day Information

Where to find today's game on TV, radio or on your smart phone app. Game Day Vitals West Virginia Mountaineers (0-0) vs. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide (0-0) Series Record - this will be the first meeting between the two schools Location - Georgia Dome (capacity 74,228), Atlanta, Georgia Vegas Lines - Alabama (-25.5), O/U (55) Date - August 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm ET (Fox Gametrax link) Television - ABC or ESPN2, depending on your region Television Map of ABC vs. ESPN2 coverage Television Broadcast Team - Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill IMG Radio Affiliates Satellite Radio - Sirius...
The Smoking Musket Aug 29, 2014
2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic Game Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

2014 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic Game Preview: West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

In case you forgot who West Virginia is playing tomorrow...here's a short walk through of both respective squads and their match-up on Saturday. Football season is finally upon us, and the Mountaineers' first test of the season may end up being their toughest. Alabama and West Virginia will square up tomorrow at 3:30 PM ET in Atlanta for the Chic-Fil-A Kickoff Classic on ABC (ESPN2 in some areas; coverage map can be seen here) and WVU fans are certainly hoping it will be a classic. West Virginia is coming off a 4-8 losing season that left a bitter taste in the entire program's mouth, but...
The Smoking Musket Aug 29, 2014
2014 West Virginia Mountaineer Football Unit Previews: Linebackers

2014 West Virginia Mountaineer Football Unit Previews: Linebackers

If West Virginia is going to have any hope of a successful season, the linebackers are going to have to come up big. Linebackers in the 3-3-5 stack defense are asked to wear a lot of hats. While the defensive line is asked to eat up blocks and put pressure on the passer, the linebackers are asked to be the main run stoppers as well as the first line of defense in the passing game. They also have responsibilities to rush the passer in blitz situations. Although I think we would all agree that first and foremost, they will need to be lights out at stopping the run when the team opens the...
The Smoking Musket Aug 29, 2014
2014 West Virginia Mountaineers Football Unit Previews: Offensive Line

2014 West Virginia Mountaineers Football Unit Previews: Offensive Line

Depth and experience is definitely better this year, but potential will have to be lived up to if this unit is to help the offense get back on track. We've come to the portion of the unit previews that I think are the most important on the team, the offensive line. Without a serviceable offensive line, there's no room to run, there's no time to throw and you can basically kiss points goodbye. A good offensive line is what separates good offenses from great offenses. Ron Crook has a veteran unit with starting experience to work with in the middle three positions, led by Quinton Spain (r-Sr)...
The Smoking Musket Aug 29, 2014
Silence Of The Kiffin - How Lane Kiffin Got His Job With Alabama

Silence Of The Kiffin - How Lane Kiffin Got His Job With Alabama

The hire of Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator raised a lot of eyebrows in the off season. The relative silence from Kiffin since being hired has left a lot of people wondering if he's figured out a way to keep his foot out of his mouth or if he's under a gag order from Saban. Scene: Nick Saban's office shortly after Doug Nussmeier resigned as Alabama offensive coordinator. Shit! (UA AD Bill Battle) What is it coach? Nussmeier just resigned. So now I gotta take time away from recruiting to do interviews. Well look at it this way, coach. If you don't hire someone to run the offense...
The Smoking Musket Aug 29, 2014
Mountaineer Morning Links: Alabama Pre-Game (8/29/14) Edition

Mountaineer Morning Links: Alabama Pre-Game (8/29/14) Edition

Bama previews, player features, weekend soccer action, WVU Pros updates, tailgate prep, Big 12 roundup & more. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Wharf Bank Brewery's Low Tide English IPA, in preparation for tomorrow's game. What You May Have Missed: Gold & Blue Now: Aug 29 - WV MetroNewssenior wide receiver Mario Alford touches on a personal meaning behind the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game tomorrow against Alabama. Also, SEC lead columnist for college...
The Smoking Musket Aug 28, 2014

TSM Podcast - Week 1 Preview [68min]

Smitty, Mark, and Matt preview Week 1 against Alabama with Bammer from RollBamaRoll.com and Fox Sports Southwest writer David Ubben to look over Big 12 headlines going into the season. I KNOW IT'S LATE, I'M SORRY. WE GOT UBBEN. WE GOT BAMA Y'ALLLLLLL PAUUUUUUUUULLLLLLLL. and THE RETURN OF MATT KIRCHNER. Part 1 - Bammer from RollBamaRoll.com joins us to preview Week 1 against the Tide [17min] Part 2 - David Ubben of Fox Sports Southwest goes over some preseason Big 12 headlines [38min] Embedded player is below: This and future episodes can be found here. Subscribe via...
The Smoking Musket Aug 28, 2014

Staring Down The Musket At...The Alabama Crimson Tide - Q&A With Roll Bama Roll

The editor/manager from the SBNation Alabama blog, Roll Bama Roll joins us this week. bammer, editor/manager from Roll 'Bama Roll, who also joined us for our podcast this week, was kind enough to answer some questions about the Tide. Let's get started, shall we? MKirchner12: You guys are obviously coming off of two straight losses to end the 2013 season, and that's basically uncharted territory for Alabama in recent years. What was the fanbase's reaction to that end of the year slide and how do you think the team responded to it in Spring and Fall camps? bammer: Our reaction? Well I didn't...
The Smoking Musket Aug 28, 2014

The Smoking Musket College Pick Em Gauntlet Is Back, Plus Staff Predictions For WVU vs Alabama

Our annual pick 'em game is back plus this year, you'll get to see the staff predictions each week. The Smoking Musket Pick Em Gauntlet is an online college pick em game where we will try to pick the winners of the weekly Big 12 contests plus Yahoo! editors' selected games (usually the games involving the top 25 teams). There are usually 20-30 games to pick each week and each correct pick is worth one point. The winner (excluding Musket staff) will be the person at the end of the regular season who has the most correct picks/points. Points are cumulative, so don't worry if you happen to...
The Smoking Musket Aug 28, 2014
Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (8/28/14) Edition

Mountaineer Morning Links: Thursday (8/28/14) Edition

Alabama previews, white uniforms, we were guests on an Alabama podcast, WVU Pros update, Big 12 roundup & more. Welcome, By-Godders, to the Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU's best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions. We're being brought to you today by Rainier Beer. What You May Have Missed: Gold & Blue Now: Aug. 28 - WV MetroNewssenior quarterback Clint Trickett understands the challenge behind the Alabama’s defense. Also, senior running back Dreamuis Smith seems not to care whether who has been named the starter, just the one has the ‘hot...
The Smoking Musket Aug 27, 2014

2014 College Football TV Schedule Week 1: How To Watch, Game Times, Channels, & Live Streaming

You wanna watch some college football this weekend? Here's your ultimate guide. .m-table { width: 100%; border: 5px solid darken(#f2f2f2, 5%); color: #292929; text-transform: uppercase; font-weight: 100; th { background-color: #0DA004; font-weight: bold; } th, td { padding: 10px } img { width: 40px; vertical-align: middle; margin-right: 10px; } tr { background-color: white; @media (max-width: 600px) { border-bottom: 1px solid #f2f2f2; } } tr:nth-child(even) { background-color: #f2f2f2; } td:first-child span { ...
The Smoking Musket Aug 27, 2014

West Virginia Mountaineers Football: Rifling Through Recruiting

A quick rundown of WVU's 2015 recruiting class as it currently stands. With the wait for the start of the season almost over, now is as good a time as any to quickly check in on WVU's recruiting efforts.  Though these young guys may not be playing in the upcoming games, they are the future cornerstones of our program and the success of the team could depend on who stays on board.  Luckily for the Mountaineers, they have the good problem of just needing to keep people on board rather than finding commits, as most of the spots in the class are already taken. Right now the WVU class of 2015...
The Smoking Musket Aug 27, 2014

West Virginia University Ties That Bind

Sometimes it's just a game or a season, but sometimes it's more than that. My father died on July 1st. This will be the first season of Mountaineer football since the birth of my fandom in 1980, as a 10-year old, where my father,  and his love for the state, the University, and the team, won't be a speaking part in the narrative of the Fall.  It is a hard concept for me to fathom.  Those of you who were close to your father and have lost him know of what I am writing.  There are no words. He was so disappointed in last season.  4-8 had him calling for Holgorsen's head.  The loss at...
The Smoking Musket Aug 27, 2014

2014 West Virginia Mountaineers Football Unit Previews: Running Backs

The 2014 West Virginia Mountaineers features another deep running back corps. In 2013, the Mountaineers running backs were a deep unit, lead by senior Charles Sims, who ran for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns. Even with the departure of Sims to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the NFL Draft, the West Virginia backfield, will be just as strong, if not stronger. The 2014 running backs corps will be lead by Dreamius Smith, who was second on the Mountaineers with 103 rushes for 494 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. Next on the depth chart is Wendell Smallwood, who had 39 rushes...