Sure Rutgers dropped a disappointing 35-23 game to 7-1 Kent State of the MAC, but the MAC is having one strong season and Kent State may be the best team in Conference.Perhaps more importantly, Rutgers had seven turnovers, including six Gary Nova interceptions and was right in the game at the end.
Kent State has some kids who could play for Alabama. Especially on offense. They have a dynamic 1-2 punch at running back.
Rutgers entered the game with some close and hard fought victories over the likes of Syracuse and Arkansas and perhaps was due for a letdown. Unfortunately, it came on Homecoming and Top 25 teams are no supposed to lose Homecoming games. It is kind of an unwritten rule.
Ask anyone at Rutgers and the goal was not to go undefeated but to win an elusive Big East crown which they have yet to capture and go to a BCS bowl.
That goal is still within range.
Rutgers has a bye week this week and then faces an undermanned Army team.That should put them at 8-1. The the tough part of the season begins. They travel to Cincinnati and then Pittsburgh and finish the season at home against undefeated Louisville. All three games can be won and for that matter all three games can be lost.
The team had been winning with tough defense and that eluded them on Saturday.
It is our guess that the Rutgers which went 7-0 will reappear against Army at home on November 10 and in the remaining 3 Big East games. There is simply too much talent on the team for that not to happen.