Newcomer Rutgers is representing the Big Ten in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl on Friday against one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s anchor schools, North Carolina.
Even though Rutgers just completed the program’s most impressive season since 2006, there is a likelihood that the Scarlet Knights, despite being bowl eligible, will not be heading to the postseason.
While the bowl announcement won’t be made until this weekend, Rutgers seemingly will be headed to one of five cities when the postseason games are announced.
On a day in which 22 seniors play their final home game at Maryland, many of the players hope to embrace the coach who helped bring them to the school.
The last time Michigan State played at home, the Spartans lost to Ohio State — a defeat that derailed so many of their hopes for this season.
True freshmen running backs Josh Hicks and Robert Martin had told their Rutgers teammates it was coming.
As soon as Rutgers’ inaugural Big Ten schedule came out, the three-week run of games against Ohio State, Nebraska and Wisconsin popped out as the toughest stretch.
Facing a potential first start, Rutgers redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Laviano is trying not to change.
Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova has played well overall this year besides one bad game against Penn State in which he threw five interceptions. He has seven TDs and three interceptions in his last three games.
Rutgers has defeated Penn State twice in 24 tries, once in 1918 and again 70 years later in 1988. The teams haven’t played since 1995, two years after Penn State joined the Big Ten.
Playing in the Big Ten Conference, Rutgers (1-0) isn’t going to be favored in many games, if any. Its non-conference home opener against Howard (0-1) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is one of those games.
The Scarlet Knights athletic program has already been shamed once. The now-infamous video of former basketball coach Mike Rice went viral. Now it seems the school may have another incident of a coach behaving badly on its hands.
Rutgers coach Kyle Flood filled a major need in the secondary and added depth at running back, the defensive line and quarterback Wednesday.
Rutgers’ running back Jawan Jamison has forgone his final two years of eligibility and has declared for the NFL draft.
Rutgers’ regular-season ended with the Scarlet Knights thinking about what might have been after they lost a BCS bowl berth with consecutive losses. They will have to have to wait a little longer to completely wash away that bitter feeling.