PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — It’s crunch time for Rutgers, as it bids for a sixth straight postseason bowl appearance.

Having lost consecutive games, the Scarlet Knights (4-4, 1-2 Big East) need to win two of their final four to become bowl eligible.

The stretch run starts at home Saturday against much-improved Syracuse (6-3, 3-2), which needs one win to become bowl eligible. The final three will be at Cincinnati (3-5, 1-2), at home against Louisville (5-4, 2-2) the day after Thanksgiving and the finale at West Virginia (5-3, 1-2) on Dec. 4.

Freshman quarterback Chas Dodd, who has posted a 2-2 record since replacing Tom Savage as the starter, can’t believe there is a month left in the season.

“Me and my roommates were just talking about how fast it’s flown by,” Dodd said. “I feel like it was the summer like two weeks ago and I was just starting to lift. It’s gone by quick. But, definitely, it is crunch time and we all realize that. We just have to go out and take each week individually and prepare as if it is a bowl game.”

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