By Richard Kent BASN Writer
Updated: December 20, 2011
NEW YORK, NY, (BASN)—There are bowl games and bowl games. BCS bowl games and minor bowl games. Some stick out more than others.
The New Era Pinstripe Bowl intrigues this year. As a matter of fact, last year it was the best Bowl game, with Syracuse winning a thriller over Kansas State 36-34 at Yankee Stadium.
This year the match-up appears just as even.
Rutgers from the Big East will play Iowa State from the Big 12 on December 30 at 3:30 pm.
Rutgers is more of a throwing team, using both Chas Dodd and Gary Nova at quarterback. Head coach Greg Schiano, the dean of the Big East coaches at the tender age of 45 has yet to name a starter.
Iowa State is led at quarterback by up and comer Jared Barnett. He is assisted by senior offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele, a First Team Sports Illustrated All-American.
The Cyclones are coached by Paul Rhoads who was just rewarded with a 6-6 season, including a win over no. 3 Oklahoma State with a 10 year 20 million dollar contract.
There are few comparisons between the teams, not the least of which is the travel discrepancy. Rutgers will travel less than 50 miles to New York City and Iowa State will bring about 5000 fans 1019 miles.
Rutgers was picked to finish last in the Big East and ended up with a surprising 8-4 record, including 4-3 in Conference. A loss to UConn in the last game of the season kept them away from a bigger bowl game.
Including Osemele, Rutgers probably boasts the best player in the Bowl in wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The 6-2, 215 pound junior had a Big East reception record with 109. He was often times double and triple teamed and is more effective with Dodd at the helm.