Rutgers Scarlet Knights Having Fantastic Season

10/26/12 in NCAAF   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Greg Schiano, the man who restored relevance to the Rutgers football program, left the school for greener pastures in the NFL, coaching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team had no expectations entering this season because of a coaching change and therefore have been playing free while sticking to their roots: defense. 

Oct 20, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gary Nova (15) passes the ball during the first quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIREThe Scarlet Knights have stayed true to their core, currently ranked 3rd in the country in points allowed at 11.3 per game. They fell down in the first half on the road to Temple, 10-0, only to storm back in the second half in which Gary Nova threw four touchdowns and the defense played their game en route to a 35-10 victory. The defense forced fumbles, blocked kicks, and picked off the opponent. This defense is relentless and it is proven with the recent talent they have sent to the NFL.

Devin and Jason McCourty were both drafted by respectable franchises in the New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans and are starting at cornerback. The program as a whole has been well represented in recent years professionally and will continue to be if their inspired play continues. 

As they prepare to take on Kent State tomorrow, who are 6-1, Rutgers will continue to adhere to their ground and pound style of play, relying on the athleticism and smarts on the defensive side of the ball.  At 7-0, the Knights are prepared to make that leap into the Top 10 as they are currently ranked 15 overall. 

Within the Big East, their main competition lies in the Louisville Cardinals who are also 7-0 (entering tonights matchup with Cincinnati) and they are slated to meet in the final game of the regular season which could decide who claims the BCS automatic bid. 

Rutgers will continue to establish their presence defensively while relying on their run game with Jawan Jamison to free up the play-action fake for athletic quarterback, Nova. 
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10/28/12   |   Scott   |   54570 respect

Loss to Kent State ends the undefeated season and puts the hammer down on moving up in the rankings but Rutgers still has that chance to win the automatic BCS bid for winning the Big East