The set-up: It's not only a must-win situation for both teams, it's a can't-lose one as well -- because it's quite possible the loser will be branded, at least temporarily, the worst team in the 1-A ranks. CBS Sportsline.com has Rutgers ranked No. 115 out of 117 Division 1-A schools, while Buffalo is rated last. The reason? Both are coming off stunning defeats at home to 1-AA teams in their openers. As loud as the howling was over Rutgers' loss to Villanova last week, it will multiply five-fold if the Knights don't bounce back big against Buffalo, a four-year-old Division 1-A program.
PISCATAWAY - They are in similar situations, Buffalo and Rutgers. They are two Division I-A programs who lost to Division I-AA opponents last week. While Rutgers coach Greg Schiano insists the Scarlet Knights still are on the path to national championship contention, Bulls coach Jim Hofher makes no bones about Buffalo's place on the college football map.
Rutgers, Buffalo trying to rebound
"We're not going to say, boy we really closed the gap because of whatever happened last year," Hofher said. "There's no mistaking where we are at the moment as a four-year-old I-A football program with only one successful year in its six years of I-AA football."
NorthJersey.com - Football
PISCATAWAY - Right here, at Rutgers Stadium, Ted Trump realized he might've made a mistake. Playing in New Jersey's North-South All-Star Game, just after his high school graduation, Trump led a field full of the state's finest, throwing for 325 yards, three touchdowns, and the game's Most Valuable Player Award. The mistake wasn't the school he picked - Trump had committed to Rutgers the previous fall. The mistake was saying he'd play baseball for the Scarlet Knights.NorthJersey.com - Football
PISCATAWAY — It wasn't supposed to be this way, not at this stage of the game utter shock and dismay among Rutgers football fans about the lamentable state of their program. More progress was expected at this point under head coach Greg Schiano, now entering the second game of his second season with the Scarlet Knights.
Daily Record Sports - Battle for best of the worst tonight
All eyes will be on Ted Trump today, as the fourth-year junior prepares to start his first football game since the fall of 1998, when Trump threw for 1,750 yards and 22 touchdowns for Delran High.
PISCATAWAY -- On Tuesday, Bill Cubit, Rutgers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, said his signal-caller son Ryan had taken in stride the ordeal of an embarrassing loss to Villanova and the subsequent boos from the crowd.
The Bulls are looking for their first win over a Big East opponent since rejoining I-A in 1999. . . . This is the third meeting between UB and Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights have outscored the Bulls, 90-15, in the previous two games. . . . UB is on the road for three of its next four games. After Rutgers on Saturday and Connecticut next week in UB Stadium, the Bulls are on the road at Minnesota and Ohio.
Football - Official Athletic Site of the Villanova University Wildcats
Basketball Recruiting - Gray on campus
Senior center, Aaron Gray, of Emmaus High School, Pennsylvania, just outside of Allentown will allegedly be the only recruit on campus this weekend.
MikeandtheBigDog.com -- Aaron Gray
More on Quincy Douby
Douby has only played organized ball for two years. As a junior on Grady's PSAL championship team, he averaged 16 points. Last season he was the linchpin for an inexperienced team and carried the Falcons to the semifinals, although he was the focal point of the opponents' defenses. "He probably has to get stronger to open his game on the next level," Ringel said.
Newsday.com - Douby Makes Commitment To Rutgers
Hey are you a Rutgers Basket Ball fan? Do you like golf? Want to shoot a round with say, Gary Waters or one of his staff? Here's your opportunity. The Rutgers Court Club is sponsoring a Golf Outing on Monday October 7, 2002 at the University Golf Course in Piscataway. Tee off is scheduled for 2PM and is limited to the first 72 RU fans that sign up. The $150 fee includes dinner. For $500 you have a chance to be in Gary's foursome and for $300 you can play with Larry, Garland, Kevin, Vince or Stan. So join the TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM, the Rutgers Court Club and see you on the links.
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