Rutgers has a 0-14 record in Morgantown.
And some of the recent scores? How about 80-7? Or 62-16? Or 48-0? Or 59-26? Or 58-22?
But, then again, when has this Rutgers team paid any attention at all to history.
"There are a lot of things No. 13 Rutgers hasn't done before, things that we've been the first team to do," safety Ron Girault said. "So, it doesn't matter what happened in the past, only what happens Saturday."
The Knights (10-1, 5-1 in the Big East) will earn an automatic bid to the BCS party if they can win Saturday. Even if Louisville, as expected, beats UConn in the afternoon, Rutgers knows it has its fate in its own hands at night.
Back on Nov. 2, West Virginia played at Louisville in the game most people thought would decide the Big East.
Now, as the Greg Schiano-to-Miami talk continues, the Knights have a chance to take the whole thing.
Rutgers goes in as an eight-point underdog, against a team that had its eight-game home winning streak snapped by South Florida last week.
Even with a loss Saturday, which would be its second in the last three games, the Scarlet Knights will continue their special season at a bowl game. And, the way it looks, they might even get to continue their growth with the coach who brought them to this special spot.
Notes and Quotes
SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: Rutgers has won this year with its running attack and
that's what will be the key again Saturday. But an inconsistent Mike Teel could
make a difference against a West Virginia team that can be passed against. The
Mountaineers did sack Tyler Palko eight times two weeks ago but are 99th in
the country against the pass.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Last week, South Florida put the clamps on West Virginia's Steve Slaton-Pat White 1-2 punch. Can Rutgers do the same thing? White has an ankle injury that could slow him down. The Scarlet Knights are No. 3 in the country in total defense.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't remember exactly where I was, but I remember hearing that and thinking that I'd just committed to Rutgers and everyone was saying 'Why are you doing this? How stupid can you be? They're never going to win the Big East. You see that (score) and it kind of clicks in your head that maybe those people are right." -- Rutgers fullback Brian Leonard on hearing Rutgers had lost, 80-7, at West Virginia in 2001.
Strategy and Personnel
THIS WEEK'S GAME: Rutgers at West Virginia, Dec. 2 -- We never, ever, thought we would say this, but a Rutgers win Saturday night gives the Scarlet Knights the outright Big East championship. It doesn't get much clearer than that.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Mike Teel -- You can pass against West Virginia, but the
Mountaineers haven't generated consistent pass-rush pressure. They did get Tyler
Palko eight times a couple of weeks ago. QB Mike Teel isn't great under pressure.
FB Brian Leonard -- What a way to go out, as he ran for 106 yards and two touchdowns on his Senior ay last Saturday, becoming the school's all-time leading scorer, with 266 points. He has 44 career touchdowns and has amassed 100 all-purpose yards in 23 of his last 37 games. Leonard earned Big East weekly honor roll mention for his effort.
RB Ray Rice -- He scored his 17th touchdown of the season Saturday, putting him alone in second place on the school's all-time list. He is fifth all-time in rushing at Rutgers with 2,615 yards. Rice ran for 107 yards on 23 carries Saturday, his eighth 100-yard game of the season and the 13th of his two-year career.
LB Quintero Frierson -- The senior had a career-high 10 tackles Saturday.
WR Kenny Britt - The freshman had four catches for 94 yards, including a 38-yarder for his first career touchdown catch.
ROSTER REPORT: The Knights have their bumps and bruises for the regular-season finale, with freshman wide receiver. Special teams player Shamar Grfaves (ankle) out and cornerback Derrick Robinson (shoulder) and safety Zaire Kitchen (knee) both very doubtful.