Schedule Scouting: Five Intriguing Rematches

Rutgers is three weeks from reporting to training camp and the formal start of the 2013 season. ScarletReport.com's in-depth look at the 2013 schedule begins with the five most intriguing rematches of the season.

Rutgers played recent games against nine of its 12 2013 opponents but five upcoming battles stand out with intriguing rematch storylines.

5.) UCF -- Rutgers and Central Florida clashed in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl at the end of 2009 and made for one of the more memorable post season games for the Scarlet Knights. An MVP trophy for Mohamed Sanu, a Billy Anderson pick six, Damaso Munoz' flipping touchdown and the final game in Anthony Davis' Rutgers career stole the show in a victory for Rutgers. UCF and Rutgers both took steps forward since 2009 and will make for an exciting Thursday night game in Orlando, Fla.

Last Time -- Rutgers wins 45-24

4.) Fresno State -- Fresno State bullied Rutgers to start 2008 in the first game without Ray Rice. NFL standout Ryan Matthews ran all over the Rutgers defense for three scores. The loss set Rutgers on a path to a 1-5 start before Mike Teel turned things around with a stellar second half of the season and seven straight wins. Five years later, both programs have major storylines at quarterback and Rutgers will look to return the favor and play spoiler in a hostile environment.

Last Time -- Fresno State wins 24-7

3.) Cincinnati -- Rutgers has two straight huge wins over the Bearcats with BCS implications. Last year, Savon Huggins had the best game of his career in a victory at Nipper Stadium with Orange Bowl representatives in the stands. The Scarlet Knight, Bearcat rivalry comes to an end this season in what will likely be a deciding game when it comes to the AAC's BCS bid.

Last Time -- Rutgers wins 10-3

2.) Arkansas -- Who can forget one of the biggest non-conference wins in program history? A road win against an SEC team sent a major statement and showed what Gary Nova can do. The Razorbacks now come to Rutgers with a new coach and new offense. Nova struggled to continue momentum after beating the Razorbacks. Coach Kyle Flood added a little more intrigue with his offseason comments regarding SEC teams not wanting to play Rutgers. Going into the Big Ten, Arkansas is the hottest ticket of the year.

Last Time -- Rutgers wins 35-26

1.) Louisville -- The two biggest winners of conference realignment have made for the best games in the history of the modern Big East. The 2006 win for Rutgers defined Greg Schiano's tenure and the 2009 victory lost Steve Kragthorpe his job.

Rutgers has three straight losses to Charlie Strong and last year's collapse against the Cardinals cost the Scarlet Knights a spot in the Sugar Bowl. Going their separate ways at the end of the season, the final battle between Rutgers and Louisville should be the AAC game of the year.

Last Time -- Louisville wins 20-17


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