"I did not expect to be 0-2 nor do I believe we should be," Knights' second-year coach Greg Schiano said. "I've got to tell you I'm disappointed in myself, our team. Some people will ask, 'Is he losing confidence?' I'm not losing confidence. I've coached many teams, many defenses to many wins. My job as head coach is to keep them believing.
Rutgers hits rock bottom - again
Its open season for second-guessing Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano.
In fact, after losing the first two games this fall, hes doing a lot of second guessing of his own evaluating every aspect about his floundering Scarlet Knights.
All bets are off, and with the exception of three or four spots, no player or position is secure. Schiano has already changed his starting quarterback, going with Ted Trump over Ryan Cubit. Hes gone with a freshman starting tailback (Markis Facyson) and hes taking a hard look at every starter in every rotation.
No job is safe on struggling Scarlet Knights
The Scarlet Knights and Black Knights meet for the 32nd time in a series that dates back to 1891. Rutgers won the most recent meeting between the schools, 27-15, on Sept. 26, 1998 at Rutgers Stadium. Army (0-1) is coming off a 30-21 opening game loss at home to Holy Cross, while Rutgers (0-2) dropped a 34-11 home decision to Buffalo. Army, under the direction of third-year coach Todd Berry, joined Conference USA in 1998. Rutgers holds an all-time record of 26-21-1 vs. teams that are currently members of Conference USA. This is the fourth time that Army will serve as Rutgers Homecoming opponent. Rutgers is 1-2 in Homecoming games at Rutgers vs. Army with the 1998 victory being the lone RU Homecoming win over the Black Knights.
ARMY (0-1) at RUTGERS (0-2)
Rutgers' opponents scored a whopping 397 points last year.
But despite the gaudy offensive statistics compiled by the opposition, the Rutgers defense took pride in its third-down play, which finished third in the Big East. Overall, Rutgers allowed opponents to convert only 47 of 152 third-down chances, or 31 percent.
Last season's lone strength, however, has become this season's glaring weakness, and the key reason why the defense has struggled so mightily. The Scarlet Knights' defense has allowed an eye-popping 71 points in its first two games, both losses. In that span, Villanova and Buffalo converted 17 of 33 third-down chances, just over 50 percent. The Division I average is typically around 35 percent.
Scarlet Knights' defense not getting the job done
As if Villanova and Buffalo hadn't inflicted enough damage, the Scarlet Knights are now putting the hurt on each other. Rutgers senior L.J. Smith hobbled around Wednesday's practice field on crutches, a day after a teammate fell on him during a pass protection drill.
Smith hobbling after mishap
When Ted Trump says he expects "vast improvement" in his performance for Rutgers' game against Army on Saturday in Piscataway, it isn't just the senior's trademark self-confidence talking again.
The belief this time is based as much in common sense and football logic as anything else.
A week after making his first start at quarterback since the fall of 1998, when he was a senior at Delran High School, Trump will make his second straight start this weekend.
Trump starting to gain a foothold
Just when it seemed that Rutgers would have its full complement of receivers for the first time all year with Aaron Martin due to return, there was this sight at yesterday's practice: Tight end L.J. Smith, his right ankle heavily taped, hobbling around with the aid a crutch.
Smith, arguably the Knights' top offensive player, did not participate in practice and his status for Saturday's homecoming game against Army isn't certain yet.
Smith hobbled by sprained ankle
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As a junior last season, McBride was The Inquirer's South Jersey defensive player of the year after recording 151/2 sacks, forcing five fumbles and blocking four punts. McBride, who has 4.55 speed in the 40-yard dash, also caught nine touchdown passes in helping to lead Woodrow Wilson to a 12-0 record and The Inquirer's No. 1 South Jersey ranking. He has received 43 scholarship offers. McBride was named a preseason first-team all-American by the G&W Recruiting Report of State College, Pa.
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When 17th-ranked Marshall and No. 9 Virginia Tech collide tonight in Blacksburg, the teams will try to advance two very different agendas.
Message clear for Marshall, Virginia Tech
Realistically, Temple's chances of upsetting No. 1-ranked Miami are remote.
On Saturday at Franklin Field, the Owls (1-1) host a potent team that decisively beat host Florida, 41-16.
Oddsmakers list Miami (2-0) as a 37-point favorite.
It's human nature that the Hurricanes won't be as pumped for Temple as they were for Florida. Even if Miami doesn't have a letdown, they'll play with a comfort level, knowing they are the better team.
Owls' goal is to raze 'Canes
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