Updated: Texas Tech upsets No. 5 WVU

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Updated 7:03 p.m. ET: Things didn’t get any better for No. 5 West Virginia in the second half. Texas Tech continued to dominate the Mountaineers in every aspect of the game, winning by a whopping 49-14.

Geno Smith still managed 275 yards — on 55 attempts, mind you — and kept his interception-less streak alive. But, Smith was upstaged by TTU quarterback Seth Doege, who tossed for 499 yards and six scores. And Tech’s defense? Outstanding all game. The Red Raiders may not have the best defense in the country statistically like they did before last week’s loss to Oklahoma, but it’s clearly improved from a year ago.

Smith’s Heisman chances — because let’s face it, that’s the story for WVU now that a BCS championship is out of the picture  — took a bit of a hit, but he still has some cushion. Like Robert Griffin III and Baylor last season, the pressure is on Smith and this offense to be near perfect because of the defensive ineptitude.

We saw today what happens when they’re not.

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I’d like to apologize to the fine people of West Virginia. By stating last week that the Mountaineers needed to be taken seriously in the Big 12 for a 48-45 win on the road against Texas, which now looks less impressive following Oklahoma’s rout of the Longhorns today, I have jinxed this team something fierce.

That, or WVU just isn’t as good as its No. 5 ranking claims. Or, I don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s all possible. Regardless, the Mountaineers are absolutely getting manhandled by Texas Tech 35-7 at the half.

The Mountaineer defense has been predictably awful, but it’s Texas Tech’s defense that is the story of the game so far. WVU was 5-for-5 on fourth down conversions against UT last week; they’ve yet to convert one today. That’s been one of the big differences in the game so far.

TTU is getting all kinds of pressure on Geno Smith and locking down arguably the best one-two punch of receivers in the Big 12 in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. This offense is good, but it’s having a tough time finding the end zone and the defense is too much of a liability.

Lubbock is a funny place where favored teams can easily come out with a loss. WVU is getting to know this first hand. Of course, if any offense is built to come back it’s this one, but you have to play defense for that. So, we’re about 30 minutes away from saying it together:

“Welcome to the Big 12, West Virginia.”

Ex-K-State WR involved in release imbroglio transfers to Appalachian State

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After public pressure helped get him out of the Little Apple, Corey Sutton is going to resume his collegiate playing career on the East Coast.

On his personal Twitter account Friday night, Sutton (pictured, No. 12) announced that he is “[b]lessed to say I will be continuing my collegiate career at Appalachian State University.” The rising sophomore will have to sit out the 2017 season because of arcane and one-sided NCAA transfer rules.

Beginning in 2018, he’ll have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

The move comes three weeks or so after a very noisy exit from his first college football home.

In early June, the transferring wide receiver revealed in an interview that Kansas State had denied a release to all 35 schools he requested, including FCS and Div. II programs.  Bill Snyder both confirmed the accuracy of Sutton’s accounting of events and defended his decision, then inexplicably ratcheted up the public rhetoric by revealing Sutton had failed a pair of drug tests.

Facing a maelstrom of criticism, Snyder subsequently apologized publicly while the football program granted Sutton a “full release” from his scholarship that still restricted him from transferring to any Big 12 school or one that’s on K-State’s future schedule while he still has eligibility. It’s unclear if the Sun Belt Mountaineers were on Sutton’s original list of 35 schools that was denied by the university.

In his lone season with the Wildcats, Sutton played in 11 games, catching four passes for 54 yards. Sutton came to K-State as a three-star 2016 signee after playing his high school football in North Carolina.

ESPN extends broadcast agreement with BYU football through 2019

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BYU’s future as an independent appears to be on solid ground through at least the next couple of seasons.

That’s the biggest takeaway from Friday’s announcement at the Cougars’ annual football media day in Provo as the school confirmed ESPN had exercised their contractual option to extend broadcast rights for BYU home games through 2019.

“We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with ESPN for decades and that relationship seems to get stronger every year,” athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a release. “There is great collaboration, and I feel really good about what we are doing together. We’ve had good dialogue about extending the contract and felt this option would give us some time for additional conversations.”

ESPN agreed to an eight-year deal with the school when they originally opted to become a football independent back in 2011. The network holds the rights to all BYU home games aside from at least one game a year that will be aired on the school’s own network, BYUtv.

In addition to extending the broadcast deal another season, BYU also secured a slot in a bowl game thanks to ESPN’s backing. The Cougars, if eligible, didn’t have a set bowl game to go to in 2017 and their slot in the Poinsettia Bowl for 2018 went away when the bowl folded earlier this year. The end result is that if BYU hits the necessary six wins in the next few seasons, they’ll wind up playing in one of the many postseason games that ESPN owns, operates or televises.

Ole Miss adds Troy to 2022 non-conference slate

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The schedule-makers in Oxford were pretty busy on Friday.

Not content to just add a non-conference game against Texas Tech in Houston to the Rebels’ slate of future games, Ole Miss has also added Sun Belt foe Troy to the schedule in 2022. According to a release from the Trojans, the two teams will open the season that year on September 3rd in Oxford.

The game will be just the second ever between the two programs despite being in neighboring states and about a five hour drive away from each other. The Rebels won the previous meeting back in 2013 by a score of 51-21.

The one-off game will complete the Ole Miss non-conference schedule for 2022 and leave just one opening between the upcoming season and 2023 left for the school to fill. In addition to hosting Troy for the opener, the Rebels will also play Central Arkansas and Tulsa in Oxford, plus Georgia Tech up in Atlanta.

Troy has played their fair share of SEC programs over the years and also has a future date with Missouri on the docket as well.

Auburn looking into scheduling UAB for future football game

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2017 will mark the return of UAB football after a brief absence on the scene following a controversial disbanding of the program. As part of that return to college football, the school is in the market to schedule several future games down the road and it appears one of the Blazers non-conference games could include a trip up the highway to play in-state power Auburn.

“We’ve had conversations with them,” Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs confirmed to AL.com this week. “We’d love to play them again if we can work it out on the schedule, but finding a common date is often difficult to do some times.”

As Jacobs alludes to, finding a match in terms of dates could prove to be tricky. The Tigers have filled all their non-conference slots through 2019 and already have already agreed to home games against two fellow CUSA programs in 2020 and 2022.

On the flip side, UAB also has signed up their fair share of top-flight SEC competition as well. The school will play at Florida this season and will travel to Texas A&M in 2018 and Tennessee in 2019. Meetings with the state’s two SEC programs are rare (Auburn and UAB last played in 1996) but it could be fun to see the recently revived Blazers find a way to schedule their neighbors up the road at some point in the future.

Based on comments from both schools, the only question left now might be what the date actually is.