Rutgers Football Party
Now that the Scarlet Knights are making national news, it’s a good reason to organize a Rutgers football party in Hoboken. This time at Mile Square.
Viewing Party: UNDEFEATED Rutgers vs. Cincinnati
Kickoff time: Saturday 11/18 7:45pm (Primetime) – come early for pre-game
Where: MileSquare Bar: 221 Washington St, Hoboken; 201-420-0222 (RU owned)
Who: EVERY Rutgers fan, wannabe fan and bandwagon fan
The Deal: $1 Miller Lite, $3 well drinks, $2 off 30+ drafts, 1/2 price appetizers, and prizes
Here’s a recent article that chronicles their successful surge in the rankings.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — No. 1 Ohio State, No. 3 Texas, No 4 Auburn, No. 9 California, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 13 Louisville, No. 14 Michigan, and unranked Rutgers.
In The Associated Press preseason poll, that was the positioning of the eight Division I teams whose coaches are finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award.
In various other publications, Oklahoma was ranked No. 1 and other teams switched spots, but one thing remained constant — Rutgers was unranked.
Now, the undefeated Scarlet Knights are more than just ranked. Four days after beating a top-10 team for the first time in school history, No. 7 Rutgers joined the ranks of the 10 best teams in the country, another first.
They are also now ranked No. 6 in the BCS standings.
“Any time you do something for the first time in history, it is significant,” Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano said. “We are going in the right direction and building a program and not just a team or season. Hopefully that will become the norm and not the exception. Hopefully.”
Hope is a dangerous word around these parts.
Rutgers was 11-44 in the five years before Schiano was hired to turn around a program that, since that first game 137 years ago, had mostly languished in obscurity.
In his sixth season, Schiano has achieved things many would have thought impossible, most importantly a top-25 rank.
These accomplishments are what have earned Schiano his spot among the likes of Bob Stoops, Jim Tressel, Tommy Tuberville and Mack Brown.
Things got even crazier on Saturday.
OSU and Michigan both won, both are still undefeated, and both sit atop the polls. Of course, both will play each other next weekend.
Auburn (9-2) was blown out Saturday by an unranked Georgia team. Cal (8-2) lost 24-20 to a 5-5 Arizona team, Oklahoma is also 8-2 for the year, Texas (9-2) lost on Saturday to unranked Kansas State and, of course, previously undefeated Louisville fell to then-No. 15 Rutgers on Thursday night right here in Piscataway, N.J.
Now the Scarlet Knights are sliding ever closer to the top. They jumped Tuberville’s Tigers, Brown’s Longhorns and six other teams all the way up to seventh.
The only teams ahead of them at this point, besides the Buckeyes and Wolverines: The one-loss quartet of Florida, Southern Cal, Notre Dame and Arkansas.
Four of those teams still have each other on the schedule, and the Gators and Razorbacks will likely clash in the SEC title game, meaning three of those six teams still have a loss in them.
Rutgers also now has at least an outside shot at a Big East championship. If the Scarlet Knights win out against Cincinnati, Syracuse and West Virginia, they would finish 12-0, win the conference and earn a spot in a BCS bowl.
But even if the can’t pull out what will be a tough game against the Mountaineers in Morgantown, W.Va., they would still earn a share of the title — so long as they avoid upsets at the Bearcats or at home against the Orange.
The berth in the BCS bowl would go to the team ranked highest in the BCS standings, which would likely be the winner of that Dec. 2 game.