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2009 Big East Prospectus Part 5: Rutgers

Editor’s Note: This is part five of an eight part series giving analysis of each of the eight teams in the Big East Football Conference, proceeding alphabetically, but ending with Syracuse. Two new teams will be released each weekday for the next four days, leading up to the start of the Syracuse Football season. Feel free to use the comment section to supplement the facts and analysis presented, however the opinions will stand. Enjoy and I hope you are looking forward to the new Big East football season as much as I am. Part 4 can be found here.
Preview – Rutgers again features the softest non-conference schedule in the history of the world, with the only real non-Big East game against Maryland in College Park. Other than that, Rutgers looks to roll through their season with easy wins to get to a good Bowl Game. Quarterbacks leaving seems to be a theme for the league this year, and Rutgers needs to come back from the loss of Mike Teel, who was the most winning quarterback in program history. The good news for the Rutgers offense is they do have a bone fide playmaker running the ball in RB Kordell Young (142car, 554yds, 3.9avg, 5 TD), who should have a nice senior season for the Scarlet Knights, as well as other backs who will see time. Rutgers will have a nice defense to work with, although some rebuilding will have to occur. They do return their leading LB, Ryan D’Imperio who led the team with tackles and sacks. Either way, this team will succeed if they can find rhythm in the offense and gain positive offensive yardage.

Key Returning Players – LB Ryan D’Imperio, OT Anthony Davis, WR Tim Brown

Key Losses – QB Mike Teel, WR Kenny Britt, LB Kevin Malast

My Thoughts – This team will be decent overall, but I just don’t feel like they are better than a few other teams in the league. Could Rutgers end up on top of the league? Sure. Most teams could. But when it comes to conference wins or loses, I just feel that Rutgers will come up short and finish right around fifth.

Will We Beat Them? – Rutgers plays Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Although they play late in November, pending Syracuse playing like absolute garbage attendance will still be up from last year. This could give Rutgers trouble. I am calling the upset at home against Rutgers. No offense to my Rutgers blogging friends, but Syracuse should never lose to Rutgers ever. This year, the losing trend should end, and Syracuse earns a conference win at home.

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