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Is Rutgers turning into a football machine?
By Richard Kent
Updated: October 9, 2012
Connecticut (BASN) 5-0 and ranked no. 20 in the country. Pretty impressive and especially impressive for a Rutgers football team that has had very little familiarity with rankings.
The Scarlet Knights figured to be pretty good, but they were coming off of the loss of veteran head coach Greg Schiano, who had literally built the Program from scratch. He left to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Bucaneers.
In came assistant coach Kyle Flood, chosen by AD Tim Pernetti after a brief flirtation with a couple of other head coaches.
Rutgers is built for strong special team play, strong defense and a good running game.That formula has worked thus far.
The defense is a veteran one and the running game is anchored by sophomore Jawan Jamison, averaging 122.8 yards per game, with a strong 151 yard effort against South Florida on the road, which included an electrifying run towards the end of the nationally televised game.Jamison reminds many of former Scarlet knight great and Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice.
Flood has shown a cool on the sidelines which did not exist when Schiano was patrolling.
Rutgers is currently in the midst of a favorable schedule which features a Saturday home game against Syracuse.The Orange can be dangerous as long as veteran qb Ryan Nassib is on target and Rutgers has been susceptible to strong quarterbacking efforts this season.
The students have bought in and 50,000 crowds are expected.
Rutgers and Louisville could be undefeated when they meet on Thanksgiving evening at High Points Solutions Stadium in Piscataway before a nationally televised audience and vie for an Orange Bowl bid.
The last time that happened, in 2006 Rutgers came back for a 28-25 win, also captured on national television.