Here new Hoboken411 correspondent Neel will be chiming in about all things Rutgers Football. They’re currently down 17-3 at the Half to West Virginia, but here’s his preview. Original publication of this preview got mucked up, but here it is anyway:
Rutgers vs. West Virginia
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Football team (Ranked #25 in the AP Poll) host the West Virginia Mountaineers (#6 in the AP poll) this Saturday at 12:00 noon on ABC.
After coming off consecutive wins against Syracuse and then #2 ranked, South Florida, Rutgers is looking for its third straight win and a chance to break into the Top 20 for the first time since early October.
Rutgers is looking to avenge its triple-overtime loss to West Virginia last year in Morgantown (41-39). That loss prevented Rutgers from a birth in the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) Orange Bowl, and subsequently winning the Big East Championship.
This game, however, represents a lot more to the die hard Rutgers faithful that have firmly stood by their beloved Knights throughout the best of times and the worst of times.
Many recall, during Coach Greg Schiano’s rookie season as the Scarlet Knight’s Head Coach, the 80-7 loss to West Virginia at home, in Piscataway. As one long time Rutgers faithful, Jim K., stated: “I remember the 80 -7 score from a few years ago where Rick Rodriquez (coach of West Virginia) swore he did not run up the score. I remember last year when that triple overtime loss kept us from a Big East Championship/BCS bowl berth (Orange Bowl or Rose Bowl). As a life-long Scarlet Knight, I had enough.”
Chris H adds, “They’ve beaten us 12 straight times. Last game against WVU was SOOOOO close! Put it this way – since that game last year, my son hasn’t stopped talking about when we would get our next chance at them. It’s been a year I’ve had to listen to my 6 year old talk about playing WVU again. Saturday is our chance.”
Whether or not you are a diehard sports fan, regardless if you did or did not graduate from Rutgers, the Giants and Jets belong to New York. Rutgers Football is the one area football team that as ‘New Jerseyeans’, we can get behind and root for. So wear your best RED sweatshirt or sweater, find a friend or a lover, and head to your favorite bar in Hoboken this Saturday and cheer on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.