For Rutgers football fans,
it's hard to imagine a more-satisfying schedule than the one their team plays
Six home games, six away. Home dates with Buffalo (whom the Scarlet defeated last week), Navy Sept. 27, then four Big East Conference games, the farewell visit by Virginia Tech, followed by dates with the three programs that figure to be their major recruiting rivals over the next decade - Pittsburgh, Boston College and Syracuse.
YES, Rutgers thinking upset
numbers didn't even faze tailback Justise Hairston. Rutgers University's leading
rusher already was well aware that Michigan State, today's opponent, had limited
Western Michigan to just 6 yards on 24 carries in a 26-21 victory last
Football: Rutgers' backs paying no mind to stats of Michigan State's defense
PISCATAWAY - Tres Moses is
younger. And he doesn't have the "SportsCenter" clip cache. So he said no, punt
returns aren't any harder than kick returns.
North Jersey Media Group
Michigan State quarterback
Jeff Smoker will never be able to repay first-year coach John L. Smith for
giving him a second chance. "I was definitely grateful that (Smith) gave me the
opportunity to come back and play football again," said Smoker, a 6-foot-3,
224-pound quarterback. "I can't thank him enough."
Football: MSU's Smoker grateful for 2nd chance
PISCATAWAY -- Rutgers University football coach Greg Schiano resisted the
temptation to shower his team with artificial crowd noise during practice this
past week. He brought in machines that simulated cheering before games at
Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Syracuse last season.
Football: Rutgers notebook
EAST LANSING, Mich. --
Michigan State will celebrate its 1,000th football game today by wearing
throwback uniforms and using its original nickname.
The Spartans hope not to turn back the clock, however, to the last time they played Rutgers, which ended in a 14-7 loss 12 years ago.
Football: Rutgers-Michigan State scouting report
RUTGERS (1-0) AT MICHIGAN STATE (1-0)
Michigan State looks ahead to Rutgers
EAST LANSING - Michigan
State's offensive and defensive lines will be heavily tested today against
Rutgers.The Scarlet Knights' philosophy is simple: Attack, attack, attack and
attack some more.
Lansing State Journal:MSU's goal: Sustain run, then stop it
Today's matchup between MSU
and Rutgers at quarterback poses a few similarities and one major difference -
experience.Both teams are implementing new offensive schemes this season. But
the Spartans chose a senior veteran to call the snaps, while the Scarlet Knights
benched their would-be senior Ted Trump halfway through last season in favor of
a true freshman.
Lansing State Journal:Sophomore passer runs show for Rutgers
Every day, first thing, as
soon as the helmets go on. First-year coach John L. Smith's three-station
"tackling circuit" is one of the changes he hopes will turn a deficient
defensive team in 2002 into a solid one in 2003. Judging from MSU's opening-day
showing, progress has been made, with more required, starting today against
Rutgers - a team that will try to run over the Spartans much more than the
Lansing State Journal:MSU's defense is striving to cure a big problem of recent years: terrible tackling
EAST LANSING --
Rutgers has a significant place in college football history, having played
in the first game, a 6-4 victory over Princeton in 1869. The problem is the
Scarlet Knights don't have much recent tradition. Since the last winning season
in 1992, Rutgers has finished 4-7, 5-5-1, 4-7, 2-9, 0-11, 5-6, 1-10, 3-8, 2-9
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