Rutgers Football: Scarlet Knights in Top 25 for First Time Since 2006

Rutgers in Top 25 for First Time since 2006

9/24/12 in NCAAF   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

For the first time since 2006, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have climbed the standings into the Top 25.

After the departure of Greg Schiano as head coach, not many knew what would become of the Knights heading into the season, however, led by sophomore QB Gary Nova and junior RB Jawan Jamison, the offense has been able to put points on the board to support their very dependable defense.

Sep 22, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Steve Beauharnais (42) celebrates after defeating the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Rutgers won 35-26. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIREOver the last few seasons, the Knights were ranked in the upper echelon of the country in points allowed, but their offense was mediocre on a good day. With the same intensity on the defensive side of the ball this season, the offense has become a complimentary piece rather than a point of concern. 

After dismantling South Florida in their conference opener, Rutgers travelled to Arkansas last week in what was sure to be a tough test. It prevailed and moved to 4-0 on the year, jolting into the Top 25.

In four games, Nova has thrown for nine touchdowns and just two interceptions while Jamison has rushed for almost 500 yards (5th in CFB) and two touchdowns, averaging around 125 yards per game.

But back to Rutgers' stronger suit — the defense.

The Knights yield only 12.8 points per game to their opponents, ranking 14th in the nation. They have six interceptions on the season, tied for fourth in the nation. 21 pass deflections ranks them at 10th in the nation. 

Aggressive, never-quit defense has long been Rutgers' mantra. Keep Choppin'. 

RU RAH RAH. 
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9/30/12   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

rufanjerry wrote:
 
Dude, change the title of this “article”


Even the slightest of fact checking or common sense would tell you than an 11-2 record and a finish in the Top 15 in 2006 would lead to a Top 25 ranking to start out 2007? A year they actually went as high as 10 before two consecutive late September losses knocked them out until.
 
Furthermore they were ranked in the Top 25 in one of the two polls for one week in 2009.
 
Misleading in that it makes it sound like the program hasn’t been good but for one year.
 
I blog as well, so I know it isn’t easy but especially for you title make sure you check your facts, if you are unsure don’t write about it.

Title was changed post-article submit. Original title read like this: #23 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Move to 4-0.  Appreciate your concern for the integrity of the sports blogging sphere, sir.

9/26/12   |   rufanjerry

 
Dude, change the title of this “article”


Even the slightest of fact checking or common sense would tell you than an 11-2 record and a finish in the Top 15 in 2006 would lead to a Top 25 ranking to start out 2007? A year they actually went as high as 10 before two consecutive late September losses knocked them out until.
 
Furthermore they were ranked in the Top 25 in one of the two polls for one week in 2009.
 
Misleading in that it makes it sound like the program hasn’t been good but for one year.
 
I blog as well, so I know it isn’t easy but especially for you title make sure you check your facts, if you are unsure don’t write about it.

9/25/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

Harkening back to the Ray Rice days!