FS Aiken Inspired as an Underdog

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Johnathan Aiken is aware of the national expectations for Rutgers this week, and he does not care. Near 20-point underdogs to No. 13 Ohio State, Aiken and the Scarlet Knights have their sites on earning respect in the national spotlight and getting bowl eligible in the process.

Rutgers safety Johnathan Aiken found out Monday in a team meeting, and kept the Saturday point spread in the back of his mind during practice this week.

The week one Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten, Aiken spoke about laughing off national expectations and the importance of focusing on Ohio State. One win away from bowl eligibility, Rutgers (5-1, 1-1) does not need any external motivation this week.

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