Rutgers and Tennessee meet for the fourth time ever and for the third time in Knoxville. Tennessee leads the series 2-1. The first meeting in the series took place on Nov. 3, 1979, with the Scarlet Knights posting a 13-7 victory in Knoxville. The Volunteers earned a 7-0 win over Rutgers on Oct. 29, 1983 at Giants Stadium and on Nov. 2, 1985, the Vols blanked the Knights 40-0 in Knoxville. The Scarlet Knights dropped a 23-3 decision at Pittsburgh in their BIG EAST opener last week while Tennessee was defeated at home by Southeastern Conference rival Florida, 30-13. Rutgers owns an all-time record of 9-11 vs. teams that are current members of the SEC.
RUTGERS (1-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) at No. 11/11 TENNESSEE (2-1, 0-1 SEC)
The post-Florida salvage project is anything but a new concept for Tennessee football, as the Vols have beaten the Gators just once in September since Phillip Fulmer became full-time head coach in 1993. "There's a lot of football to be played," said Fulmer, whose team returned to the practice field Monday following its embarrassing, mistake-filled 30-13 loss to Florida last weekend.
"We've been on top and run the table, and had our backs to the wall before and gotten ourselves back into the championship mix. But right now, today and this week, we need to take each day one at a time to be the best that we can be and then play the game on Saturday.
Fullmer says Tennessee needs to be "hungrier"
Four Rutgers football players, all represented by separate attorneys, had their court hearing for an incident stemming back to July 27, postponed for the third time last night.
Wide receivers Chris Baker and Tres Moses, as well as defensive back Eddie Grimes and running back Marcus Jones, all sophomores, were allegedly arrested after being confronted by two bike cops who had approached a boisterous crowd. The crowd supposedly damaged a local stop sign and stole another one from the corner of Easton Avenue and Mine Street.
Hearing for RU athletes delayed
Lawyers for four Rutgers University football players arrested in July in a confrontation with police started preliminary plea-bargain negotiations last night, but talks were cut short because some of the police officers involved were not present.
The cases for the players -- cornerback Edward Grimes, 20; running back Marcus Jones, 20,; and 19-year-old wide receivers Christopher Baker and Tres Moses -- were continued until Oct. 28.
Rutger football: Cases are continued
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Here is a scary thought, courtesy of Miami coach Larry Coker: "I think we're further along at this point that we were last year."
Last year, of course, the Hurricanes won all 12 games and the national championship. This year, they are 4-0 and the favorites -- dare we say "heavy favorites" -- to do it again. With a Heisman candidate at quarterback, an emerging star at running back and a dominant defense, they have no visible weaknesses.
Nobody's perfect -- except maybe Miami
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