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Ex-Miami QB Jack Allison confirms transfer from West Virginia

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Jack Allison has officially confirmed that he’s hoping the third college football home will be the charm.

It was reported Tuesday that Allison had decided to leave West Virginia and continue his playing career at an undetermined elsewhere.  A day later, the redshirt junior quarterback took to his personal Twitter account to announce that he has indeed entered the NCAA transfer database.

Allison was originally a four-star signee at Miami in 2016 before transferring from The U in April of 2017 and ultimately landing at West Virginia in June of that year.

After sitting out the 2017 season, Allison served as Florida transfer Will Grier‘s primary backup in 2018, completing just over 50 percent of his 45 passes for 352 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.  After losing out on the starting job to Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall this season, Allison went 19-26 for 144 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions before making the decision to leave the program.

It’s expected Allison will receive his degree from WVU in the coming, which would allow him to move on as a graduate transfer and play immediately at another FBS school.

West Virginia QB Jack Allison reportedly enters transfer portal

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Because Tua Tagovailoa is so successful at Alabama, Jack Allison is leaving West Virginia. The cause-effect isn’t that literal, but that’s the way the game of thrones works at the quarterback position in 2019.

Tua’s success at Alabama caused Jalen Hurts to leave for Oklahoma, which caused Austin Kendall to leave for West Virginia, which is now causing Allison to take West Virginia’s country roads elsewhere.

A fourth-year junior from Palmetto, Fla., Allison signed with Miami out of high school and transferred before he saw the field. Playing sparingly behind fellow transfer Will Grier in 2017 and ’18, he targeted 2019 as his time to shine, but lost the job to Kendall.

In three games this season, Allison is 19-of-26 for 144 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Having already used his redshirt season, Allison will need to graduate from WVU in order to classify as a graduate transfer and play elsewhere in 2020.

No. 12 Baylor improves to 8-0 after getting by West Virginia

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A week after all three ranked Big 12 teams in action took a loss, No. 12 Baylor (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) managed to avoid the upset bug with a 17-14 victory Thursday night against West Virginia (3-5, 1-4 Big 12). The Bears remain the last undefeated team in the Big 12 and just one of 8 remaining FBS undefeated teams in the country.

Baylor’s defense handled West Virginia’s struggling offense well all night long, and was aided at times by inept play and self-inflicted wounds by the Mountaineers. West Virginia was blanked in the first half by Baylor and the second touchdown scored came on a long kickoff return by Winston Wright for 95 yards immediately after Baylor regained a lead early in the third quarter.

After Baylor receiver Denzel Mims fumbled the football at the end of a 35-yard pas son the first play of the second half, West Virginia fumbled the ball right back to the Bears after setting up a 1st & Goal situation. West Virginia also botched an opportunity to tie the game at 17-17 in the fourth quarter when the Mountaineers recovered a muffed punt, but a 48-yard field goal attempt by Casey Legg was blocked by the Baylor special teams unit to preserve the three-point advantage. Baylor milked away nearly three minutes before having to punt the ball back to West Virginia in the final minute of the game, but starting at the five-yard line with just 30 seconds to play was too much to ask for an offense that has struggled this season and was up against the Baylor defense.

Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer completed 20 of his 26 pass attempts for 277 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Mims was the game’s leading receiver with five receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown.

The win keeps Baylor sitting on top of the big 12 standings all by themselves with four games remaining. It just so happens to be the four biggest games of the season now for Baylor, beginning with next week’s road game at TCU. After that is Oklahoma and Texas in back-to-back weeks before closing out the regulars season at Kansas. There are no easy wins on the horizon for Baylor, but the Bears just have to finish in the top two of the Big 12 standings to get a chance to play for the Big 12 championship. Baylor is also two game sup on Iowa State and Kansas State with a head-to-head tiebreaker in their pocket. Baylor is also two game sup on Texas and TCU.

West Virginia will merely try to rebound and keep their bowl hopes alive. Needing three wins in their final four games may be a lot to ask, but they’ll get Texas Tech at home next week to try getting one big step closer to a bowl game.

Oklahoma shutting Sooner Schooner down for remainder of season

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Following this past weekend’s on-field mishap, one of the most iconic mascots in all of college football will be taking a medical redshirt for the remainder of the year.

During the second quarter of what would become a decisive Oklahoma win over West Virginia, the beloved Sooner Schooner, as is custom, came onto the field to celebrate an OU touchdown, this one a two-yard run by Jalen Hurts.  Unfortunately, the two-horsepower wagon showed once again that its turn radius at top speed is nearly nil as it toppled over around the 15-yard line, sending the drivers crashing to the turf and the horses running untethered from human restraints toward the tunnel.

As scary as it looked, the university subsequently released a statement in which it was confirmed that neither the humans nor the horses involved were seriously injured.

However, in a statement from senior associate athletic director Kenny Mossman Tuesday night, the university announced that Sooner Schooner won’t run for the remainder of the season.  The damaged Schooner is being rebuilt and could be on display for at least one of the remaining home games, while a new one is being built that will likely be ready for spring practice next year.

We will repair the damaged Schooner and its future use will be for static display,. It is possible that it will be back at a game this season, but it will not run. We also are in the process of having a new Schooner constructed. There is no timetable yet for when it will be ready. I would anticipate having it in time for the spring game.

Oklahoma has two home games remaining this season, Nov. 9 vs. Iowa State and Nov. 23 vs. TCU.

Big 12’s 2020 schedule sees Bedlam move to October for first time since 2004

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The Big 12 is in the midst of its 2019 season, but on Tuesday the league took a break to release its 2020 schedule.

The conference season will begin early, Sept. 12, with Kansas at Baylor. It will conclude at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with the Big 12 Championship.

It would be the ultimate fool’s errand to wade through which games will determine the conference’s 2020 champion and which ones won’t a full year in advance, but we can go ahead and safely assume Oklahoma’s October will go a long way toward determining that. The Sooners’ October slate runs straight through what appear to be their top four challengers for the throne:

Oct. 3: vs. Baylor
Oct. 10: vs. Texas (at Dallas)
Oct. 17: at Iowa State
Oct. 24: vs. Oklahoma State

That last bit is interesting, as the conference has moved Bedlam to October for the first time since 2004. In fact, the Oct. 24 kick is the earliest since the two rivals met on Oct. 24, 1998; to find the last time Bedlam was played on a date earlier than Oct. 24, you’d have to go all the way back to Oct. 6, 1990.

It is worth noting, though, Bedlam has not been played in its traditional Thanksgiving weekend and/or final regular season weekend slot since the Big 12 revived its championship game two years ago. The 2017 game, a 62-52 OU win, was played Nov. 4, and last year’s 48-47 thriller occurred on Nov. 10.

The Big 12’s thinking appears to be the desire to avoid an immediate rematch between two likely contenders for the Big 12 Championship and, if that’s the case, the Thanksgiving weekend schedule is all the more puzzling as Oklahoma State will host Texas on Nov. 28. The Nov. 28 kickoff (or Nov. 27, if the game gets moved to Black Friday) will be the earliest in 35 all-time games between the ‘Horns and Pokes.

The full schedule can be found below: