An early turning point

By Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 24, 2010

CONNECTICUT (BASN) — It is hyperbole to call a specific college sporting event a bigger game than others. Nothwithstanding, the weekend’s Rutgers-North Carolina game is a bigger game than others for the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers currently sits at 2-0 while North Carolina is 0-2 with a depleted squad due to suspensions. But it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be suiting up for the Tar Heels on Saturday at 3:30 pm ET.

A win though over North Carolina resonates and sounds better than the previous victories over Norfolk State and FIU earlier this season. The Scarlet Knights need the win for a plethora of reasons.

Rutgers would get noticed again nationally with a 3-0 start for only the fifth time in school history since 1980. It would also throw them into the discussion for the Big East title — an achievement which head coach Greg Schiano has yet to garner during his 10-year tenure on the Banks.

Too often over the past few years, Rutgers has been embarrassed in early season games. Fresno State, Maryland and Cincinnati come to mind immediately.

Rutgers comes into the game with maybe its best defense ever, if not since 2006 when the Scarlet Knights shocked the football world and ended the season ranked No. 12 following its first Bowl win ever over Kansas State.

The Scarlet Knights also tout quarterback Tom Savage, maybe the best throwing sophomore in the country. The Pennsylvania native had a top flight freshman season after taking over the helm in the second game.

If Rutgers is able to defeat Carolina, they follow up with very winnable home games follow against Tulane, Connecticut and Army at the Meadowlands. A 6-0 start would put Rutgers into the Top 25 for certain.