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The first Rutgers Touchdown Club meeting will be Thursday night
September 5th at 7pm at the Hale Center. Doors open at 6pm. The Event is open to all Touchdown Club members. If you are not a member you can join that night. Looking forward to a great first meeting and a successful 2002 season.

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Don't blame sophomore quarterback Ryan Cubit if he does a quick double take the first time he ducks under center in Rutgers' season opener against Villanova on Saturday night.
With injuries continuing to wreak havoc on the Knights' two-deep, the possibility exists that only two returning offensive starters from last year -- left tackle Trohn Carswell and Cubit -- will open this season at the same spots they finished up in last fall.
Cubit must grow up quickly

Sophomore wide receivers Chris Baker and Jerry Andre say they haven't spent much time thinking about the possibility that both could make their first career start in Rutgers' season opener against Villanova on Saturday because they figure they're going to see extensive playing time whether they start or not.
The two could find themselves as the starting wideouts if Aaron Martin and Tres Moses remain sidelined by hamstring injuries.
Baker, Andre unfazed about their chances to start

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Changing the way it has done business since 1938, the NCAA soon will announce it is including bowl games in its national statistics beginning this season. The decision could eventually impact many season and career records. Others might also fall because the NCAA is allowing 12 regular-season contests this year.
Football stats to face change with inclusion of bowl games

Miami and Oklahoma, the last two national champions, hope to wind up playing in the Fiesta Bowl in January for another title.
For now, they'll share in a little history.
Without playing a game, Oklahoma moved into a tie with the Hurricanes for No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. It's just the fourth tie in the 66-year history of the poll.
"Some people must have snuck in to see how well we played in practice last week," said Sooners coach Bob Stoops, whose team last held the No. 1 spot after winning the 2000 national championship.
Miami, Oklahoma tied for top spot

Let's start with Florida State.
The Seminoles better learn to play for four quarters because they have a chance to be really good if they get it together mentally. They showed some spunk early and then seemed to shut it down, and that's something Bobby Bowden can use to challenge his team.
And to me the Florida State offense hasn't looked the same since Mark Richt left for Georgia even though they have plenty of skill. FSU will be OK in the BCS because it's still early, but this game should leave a bad taste in their mouths because they had a chance to make a huge statement but they didn't.
What opening weekend tells us


Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com


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