By taking down Louisville, UCF puts Rutgers in a significantly improved position to win the American BCS bid after a loss to Louisville lowered the odds. The significant of the result is not lost on the Rutgers roster, but means nothing if the Scarlet Knights cannot take care of business as 9.5-point favorites against Houston.
"It keeps us in the BCS hunt, but it means nothing," said junior linebacker Kevin Snyder. "We control what we can do, and we have six games left, and the goal is to go 6-0 the last six games.
"Like coach [Kyle] Flood told us (Sunday) after practice, that's the one thing that's great to be able to have in sports, and that's to control your own destiny. It puts the pressure on us to win the rest of our games."
Flood used the result as motivation during a Sunday night conversation after practice. Rutgers can still attain its goal of a BCS bid, but at the same time, sees that any team is vulnerable of being upset at home.
"It's always a good feeling, but you have to focus on the team in front of you," he said. "That gets us back in the hunt. Thanks Central Florida, but we control our own fate and hopefully we don't have to rely on another team to put us back in the race."
USF, UCF and Houston all remain undefeated in American play and on the Rutgers schedule. Flood spoke with the team about the meaning of a Louisville loss on Sunday, with goals of keeping the roster focused on 5-1 Houston.
"I think Sundays are always a good time to show them the lay of the land in the conference," Flood said Monday morning at his press conference. "…That game did not surprise me. I knew Louisville and I know central Florida has an excellent team. You saw it in a number of games over the weekend there's not that much of a difference in college football. You had better be ready to play and you had better play for 60 minutes every week in you want to be 1-0."
Most of the Rutgers roster kept an eye on the game Friday night in some capacity. Team captain and quarterback Gary Nova, however, took a different approach with his attention on another channel Friday night.
"I didn't watch it," Nova said. "I watched the [Don] Bosco game. I heard about it. We're not oblivious to that. We know what that means for us. Right now, we're just focused on Houston. … We control our own destiny and it starts this week. If we don't take care of business this week, then all that goes down the drain."