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Thursday Links O' War: October 31st, 2013

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This Thursday, the focus continues to be on Saturday's contest with West Virginia as well as the forthcoming basketball season, tipping off this Friday in an exhibition match.

Here are your morning links!

TCU SPORTS

No. 1 Texas Too Much for TCU - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
The TCU volleyball team came up short Wednesday night to No. 1 Texas 3-1 (14-25, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25) in Gregory Gym.

Passing game issues, OL depth have derailed TCU Horned Frogs offense - ESPN
Going into the season, coach Gary Patterson felt optimistic about the TCU offense. So did almost everyone else, too.

TCU basketball preview
TCU's maiden voyage in the Big12 was not a particularly enjoyable one for TCU fans. Trent Johnson inherited a Mountain West roster and is in the process of trying to significantly upgrade the talent. He inked the 34th rated recruiting class in 2013 so there is some hope that he will do that if given time. His first season resulted in a 11-21 record (2-16) in the Big12.

TCU QBs are two of a kind  - WVU - The Charleston Gazette - West Virginia News and Sports -
For the fifth time in six Big 12 games this season, West Virginia will face a team this weekend that could go in a couple of different directions with its quarterback play.

Five things TCU fans should know about the West Virginia Mountaineers | Dallas Morning News
Both TCU and West Virginia sit at 3-5 (1-4 in Big 12 play), and both know that their matchup this weekend in Fort Worth is nearly a must-win if they are going to make a bowl game.

Something Has to Give Between WVU, TCU - News, Sports, Jobs - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register
To say this is a must-win game for the West Virginia Mountaineers is an understatement. If WVU wants any chance at postseason play, it has to find a way to get its first road victory when it travels to Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday to take on the TCU Horned Frogs.

WVU football: TCU, Mountaineers have had similar Big 12 transition  - Sports - Charleston Daily Mail - West Virginia News and Sports -
TCU began the season ranked No. 20 and picked third in the Big 12 preseason coaches' poll. The Horned Frogs play host to West Virginia Saturday and end the season with a vision very different than the one they had when it started.

TCU notes: Frogs hope Casey Pachall’s leadership, experience will help young receivers bl...
The most maligned group of the TCU football team has been its receiving corps. The offensive line also has struggled, but those depth issues were obvious before the season, so it came as little surprise. The receiver unit, although young, was supposed to be stocked with talented play makers.

Notes On A Scorecard - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte discusses the hot topics around the Horned Frogs.