College Football starts tonight, as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on the laughable North Carolina Central Eagles.
Anyway, I thought i would preview the season before tonight's game where you can see at espn3.com at 7:30.
It's obvious that people think the Scarlet Knights are a joke, but they might be the ones laughing after this season. With the best recruiting class in the Big East this season, know one knows how well Rutgers will play this year.
New offensive Coordinator Frank Ciganetti uses pro style football, probably easier for Chas Dodd to move the chains, in which he struggled to do last season.
Looking back at last season, it was obvious that because of Eric LeGrand's spinal cord palatalization/injury, they're heads weren't on straight.
The defense is a huge question mark going into season losing their top defenders last season (Eric Legrand) Joe Lefeged, Alex Silvestro, and Brandon Bing due to last year being their senior seasons (All of them have made NFL rosters after lockout, but could be cut next week). Scott Vallone and Justin Francis will be key to this already young defense.
But can the offense pick them up? Most definitely. They have the best wide receiving core in the Big East including junior standout Mohamed Sanu. Red shirted freshman Brandon Coleman the speedy wide out, will also get touches along with Mark Harrison (Dodd's favorite target last season) and tight end D.C. Jefferson.
For the running game, it seems clear that the number one prospect in New Jersey, Savon Huggins will be taking the starting running back position. Many compare him to Ray Rice, and some have even went further saying he will be better then Ray Rice.
Now I don't know about you, but I do know that in my fantasy football leagues Ray Rice is drafted in the top 5.
But what stands out the most to me, and possibly other Rutgers fanatics, is how the offensive line is going to handle things. Last year they let up a bunch of sacks, giving no time for Dodd to throw the ball (that's when Schiano didn't call the wild cat.)
Rutgers are a totally different team then last year, and have great potential, but if Coach Greg Schiano doesn't bring in a Big East title in the next few seasons, he will most likely be fired as he is already in the hot seat.
Thur., September 1, North Carolina Central (Home)---W
Sat., September 10, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.---L
Sat., September 24, OHIO, (Home)---W
Sat., October 1, Syracuse, Syracuse, N.Y. (Syracuse has killed Rutgers in the past, and is home)---L
Sat., October 8, PITTSBURGH, (Home)---W
Sat., October 15, NAVY (Home)---W
Fri., October 21, Louisville, Louisville, Ky.---L
Sat., October 29, WEST VIRGINIA, (Home) (Toss Up)---W
Sat., November 5, USF, (Home)---W
Sat., November 12, Army, Yankee Stadium,---W
Sat., November 19, CINCINNATI, (Home)---L
Sat., November 26, Connecticut, East Hartford, Conn.---L
With my predictions, I have the Scarlet Knights going 7-5 which should bring Rutgers to another Pin Stripe Bowl, but not a Big East Championship.
Good Luck to the Scarlet Knights, and look out for my post game on tonight's Rutgers game where again you can see live on ESPN3.com at 7:30pm est.