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2010 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.

Rutgers

Preview – Greg Schiano is back and will lead a very young Rutgers team in their latest campaign. One of the big surprises in the league was the success of QB Tom Savage (149/285, 2211yds, 14 TD, 7 INT, sacked 35 times) who had a pretty successful freshman year. Rutgers also brings their leading rusher back in Joe Martinek (206car, 967yds, 4.7avg, 9 TD). They also have some solid receivers. As for defense, Rutgers had one of the best defenses last season in the nation and this year will not be as good but still a stingy defense. They will have a tough defensive line and defensive backs, but they lack the same talent at linebackers this season. Overall this is a team that will win several games, including some in the league.

Key Returning Players – QB Tom Savage, RB Joe Martinek, WR Mohamed Sanu

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

My Thoughts – Rutgers is good enough offensively to finish in the top half of the league. They have a solid quarterback and he will find success passing the ball a lot this season. Their defense is not great anymore, but it’s still pretty good and they will push some inferior teams around. Probably because they continue to play one of the weakest non-conference schedules in the country they will once again look better than they actually are. Either way, they will be a good football team this season.

Will We Beat Them – Having a good quarterback means nothing when his ass is on the turf because he was sacked. For an example, see last year’s Rutgers v. Syracuse game in the Carrier Dome. But this year Syracuse has to travel to New Jersey where Schiano and the Rutgers faithful are foaming at the mouth for revenge on the Orange. This is probably the toughest game to predict in the Big East slate for Syracuse, but because of last year and the all-time nature of the series, I’m saying Syracuse returns to their winning ways in NJ and pick up another win against the Scarlet Knights. Suck it Rutgers.

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