Rutgers vs. Louisville: Scarlet Knights Itching For BCS Bid

11/28/12 in NCAAF   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have enjoyed a fantastic season under new head coach Kyle Flood after Greg Schiano bolted for greener pastures in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers head coach. Boasting a 9-2 record heading into their Thursday Night primetime matchup with the Louisville Cardinals (who are also 9-2), Rutgers has a distinct advantage in their defense. 

Sep 22, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Khaseem Greene (20) during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Rutgers defeated Arkansas 35-26. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRERanked fourth in the country in points against (13.7) the Khaseem Green led defense has been the model of consistency throughout the season. As the Knights offense has sputtered along this year, their defense has carried them every week. Greene will almost certainly become a first round pick as he is a top five linebacker entering the NFL Draft this upcoming year. 

The problem for Rutgers will lie on offense. Inconsistency hasn't allowed them to use their talent to the level they might have hoped, but they do have an opportunity to shine on a national stage and set a date with the SEC representative in their bowl game if they can muster a win tomorrow night. The Knights have only 1 Big East loss compared to Louisville's 2 entering this matchup and they would like nothing more than to deliver the knockout punch at home.

Louisville on the other hand has impressed all season long before losing consecutive games to Syracuse and Connecticut to drop from 9-0 to 9-2 on the year. Luckily for them, Rutgers lost to Pittsburgh last weekend as well, setting up a chance for Louisville to win at least a share of the Big East title. Teddy Bridgewater, the Cardinals QB, fractured his non-throwing arm last week, but will still play tomorrow. 

You'd have to assume the Rutgers defense will be after him from the start, trying to knock him or take him to the ground as often as possible. 

This game will be entertaining from the start with so much on the line for both schools. Be sure to tune in while NFL football is on commercials. 
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