Time: 2:04 p.m., High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J.
TV/Radio: ESPN3.com, 710-WOR, 1450-AM, 97.5 FM, 88.7 WRSU
Series: Tied 1-1
Last meeting: Sept. 16, 2006: Rutgers won, 24-7
Coaches: Rutgers – Greg Schiano (11th season, 60-64); Ohio – Frank Solich (7th season, 43-36)
- Time to Shine. De'Antwan Williams left the team, which means Savon Huggins will now be fully in the spotlight at running back. Though Jawan Jamison and Jeremy Deering are also in the picture, Huggins will, without question, receive his biggest workload since signing is Letter of Intent to play on the banks.
- Line Changes. Still seaching for the best five linemen, Schiano elevated youngsters Betim Bujari and Kaleb Johnson to co-starters on the right side of the offensive line. Both will see significant reps against Ohio in an attempt to sure up the pass protection and improve a running game, averaging just 2.1 yards per carry.
- Tuning Up Ohio is a challenge in its own right, but Rutgers needs to use this game as a springboard step in the right direction. Syracuse and Big East opener are up next week and bringing a two-game losing streak into the Carrier Dome could spell trouble.
On offense, Ohio's greatest threat is its hurry-up offense. In one half last week, the Bobcats ran 50 offensive plays. In comparison, North Carolina ran 57 offensive plays against Rutgers in the entire game.
From a scheme standpoint, the Ohio offense is a combination of a pistol, option look and some run-and-gun. Starting quarterback Tyler Tettleton is mobile with a good arm and leads the offense. Through three games, Ohio scored 44 points twice and 30 points once with Tettleton averaging 192 yards per game in the air and another 30 on the ground.
|Quarterback Tyler Tettleton|
2. Fluster the quarterback. Schiano the praises of Tettleton all week. As a quarterback, he is mobile and has a good arm. The best way to contain the multi-threat quarterback is for the front-seven to get in the backfield and keep Tettleton from getting too comfortable.
3. Play the freshmen. It is time to figure out exactly what some of the young guys bring to the table this season. That means getting Huggins his touches, giving Miles Shuler a chance to make a play or two with the ball in his hands and giving Kaleb Johnson reps in a real game.
2. Play their game. If Ohio can dictate the flow of the game, and not have to play catch-up against Rutgers, then the Bobcats are in good position.
3. Overcome the elements. Not only is Ohio playing in its toughest road environment of the young season, the Bobcats will not be nearly as well-rested as the Scarlet Knights. Rutgers enters the game off a productive bye week, whereas Ohio will be in a game for the fourth consecutive weekend.
The pistol formation originated out of Nevada in the early 2000's. At its essence, the pistol formation is a single-back formation in which the quarterback lines up in shotgun and the back stands behind him. Traditionally, the pistol uses one tight end and a slot receiver to replace the second back in the formation.
What makes the formation unique is that the quarterback lines up in shotgun and the halfback stands behind him, instead of to one side like most shotgun offenses. The advantage of the pistol is that the quarterback is closer to the line of scrimmage than a traditional shotgun look, but still has enough space to have extra time on passing plays.
Along with the pistol, Solich uses run-and-gun and hurry-up style, so do not expect any sort of traditional offensive look tomorrow against the Bobcats.