If the Scarlet Knights (2-2) have plans of contending for the league title, this game is ultra-important. Before heading out to tailgate, to gather with friends and kick back on your favorite chair, check out ScarletReport.com's kickoff primer.
Who will make the biggest impact, who has the most to prove and who is the player to watch? Well, we've done our best to identify those things, and offer a few other fun tidbits.
2. SS Joe Lefeged – He is hard hitter, a good tackler, smart, a leader, tough, Rutgers' best kick returner and he blocks punt. If you don't see No. 26 doing much on the field, odds are you are not watching.
4. QB Tom Savage or QB Chas Dodd – It doesn't matter which one plays, of if they both do. There is little reason to think the running game will be effective unless it plays off the passing game.
5. WR Jeremy Deering – It's no secret ScarletReport.com has trumpeted Deering's ability since the day he committed, and he is starting to show why. He made four catches and got some chances in the Wildcat last week.
2. MLB Steve Beauharnais – He is adjusting to life as a BCS middle linebacker, but it is time for him to have a breakout game in which he leads the team in tackles and is all over the field. He was moved to the middle to provide that, and against UConn's rushing attack it is time for that to happen.
4. C Howard Barbieri – By the end of the first week of training camp the shot-gun snaps should be fine, so to still be having trouble in the fourth game is unacceptable. It disrupts the rhythm of the play, and that is the last thing the offense needs as it looks to build confidence.
5. WR Keith Stroud – He could have made a very nice catch in the end zone last week, but had it go off his hands. The Huskies have a young secondary, and there should be opportunity to get open.
2. QB Chas Dodd – Of course, this is if the true freshman plays. The offense was more rhythmic when he played last week, but he missed several open receivers and only led the Scarlet Knights to seven points.
4. TE Fabian Ruiz – He was pressed into duty last week because of Evan Lampert's injured ankle. He had a tremendous block on Sanu's 91-yard run, but a hold to negate a run by Thomas.
5. FB Colin McEvoy – He moved from defense and made an immediate impact with a reach-behind catch and run. He showed tremendous athleticism on the play, and that alone could earn him more touches against UConn.
And Thomas doesn't even need the ball to attract attention. One of the best plays from a week ago was when Dodd pump-faked a swing pass to Thomas and threw downfield to Deering for a big gain.