Rutgers will go to a bowl game with a 6-6 finish, and that is motivation to the starting quarterback.
"We want to get to that bowl game," said senior Chas Dodd. "We haven't given up. To the people on the outside, they may think about that. On the team, it's a completely different feeling. We want to keep our season going."
Rutgers will not be at one of the premiere bowl games, but players look at any postseason destination as a positive and want to be there, said linebacker Kevin Snyder.
"It's for the experience more than playing," he said. "You get to travel, get to go somewhere, get the perks and get the gifts. ... (The practices) help out the younger guys. We expect to go to a bowl game."
Head coach Kyle Flood continues to receive questions about the big picture after three straight losses. Flood defended his job security, and the direction of the program Sunday. He followed up Monday by echoing the same positive thoughts.
"We are a 5-6 football team right now," Flood said. "We have an opportunity to be 1-0 this week, and our last opportunity to play in this stadium for our senior class.
"Every day I go out to practice and I see those young players, and I see improvement -- and I know the difference that a year can make, and I think you see some of the teams around the country that are having some of their, maybe their all-time seasons, and you can look back to a year ago, and see that they were in similar positions to what we're in."
Rutgers can become bowl eligible with a win, and will make a game based on AAC tie-ins. The New Era Pinstripe Bowl is likely to land Notre Dame, with both parties continuing to show interest in a 6-6 Scarlet Knight team.
The Beef ‘O Brady's Bowl (St. Petersburg) and the BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham) remain options with the latter coming against an SEC opponent.
"We absolutely want to make a bowl game and keep this season going," said fullback Michael Burton. "Nobody on this team wants to call it an end after South Florida, but we have to focus on them or it won't matter. We have to focus on being 1-0 this week."
Junior wide receiver Brandon Coleman had NFL buzz going into the season, and that remains now despite a less-than-expected on-field performance. Coleman told ScarletReport.com Monday that he would look more at the situation after the season ends.
"After the season I will look into it," Coleman said. "You kind of what to get it from both sides, the coaches and (former) players who went through it. You want to see what the players think and with the coaches, their perspective counts."
Coleman said conditioning was an issue for him early this season after missing the spring because of an injury.
ScarletReport.com has been on hand for virtually every practice of the season, and offers its latest take on the three-game losing streak and what it means for the season finale.