Time: 12:01p.m., High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway, N.J.
TV/Radio: ESPNU, 710-WOR, 1450-AM, 97.5 FM, 88.7 WRSU
Series: Cincinnati leads 8-7-1
Last meeting: Nov. 20, 2010: Cincinnati won, 69-38
Coaches: Rutgers – Greg Schiano (11th season, 66-66); Cincinnati – Butch Jones (2nd season at Cincinnati, 11-10, 5th overall season, 38-23)
- Team Bring It.In terms of a conference championship, tomorrow's game is the most important game since the 2006 season. With a win, Rutgers is one step closer to a share of the Big East Championship and a shot at a BCS bowl berth. With a loss, the Scarlet Knights are still bowling, but on a smaller scale.
- Senior Day. The last home game of the season, Rutgers says goodbye to 16 seniors prior to kickoff. Along with the seniors on the active roster, Rutgers will honor Eric LeGrand for his Senior Day.
- Case of the Munchies. Rutgers has a spotty history with backup quarterbacks, including games against West Virginia's Jarrett Brown, Cincinnati's Chazz Anderson and Maryland's Jordan Steffy. With Zach Collaros out for the Bearcats, Rutgers faces backup Munchie Legaux, who came in after Collaros' injury last week against West Virginia.
Offensively, the story begins with running back Isiah Pead. Pead torched Rutgers at Nippert Stadium last year. Pead needs just 66 yards to crack 1,000 this year and is, according to coach Greg Schiano, the toughest running back they have seen all year. Pead totaled 249 yards and five touchdowns against Rutgers last year. At quarterback, Rutgers has an advantage in not having to face Collaros, but Legaux is not a pushover. He led two long drives as a backup last week and the 6-foot-5 three-star prospect from New Orleans is a legitimate dual-threat quarterback.
|Quarterback Munchie Legaux|
2. Blow the Roof Off. A strong showing from the Rutgers fans tomorrow can be an X-factor. The more hostile the environment, the less successful Cincinnati's no-huddle, spread offense becomes.
3. Learn From Navy. The Rutgers defense held Navy to a season low in rushing yards, but was far from perfect. Facing a similar offense, Rutgers needs to stay awake against the Army passing game and prevent the fullback from any gashing runs up the middle.
2. Stuff the Run. Rutgers still has no identity in the run game and Cincinnati is the best in the league at stopping it. Make Rutgers entirely one dimensional and the Bearcats can devote more attention to the passing game that torched them last year at Nippert Stadium.
3. Special Teams Execution. If not for two blocked field goals, a blocked punt and a kick return, Rutgers is nowhere near 7-3 this season. Cincinnati needs to be as conservative as possible on special teams to prevent assistant coach Robb Smith's special teams schemes from turning the tables.