SOR's Game Day Central
Led by the 2006 Home Depot Coach of The Year -- Greg Schiano (pictured at right) -- the 2007 version of the college football season is about to get underway Thursday evening as the #16 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (0-0) host the University of Buffalo Bulls (0-0). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. LST and the game will be seen locally on the MSG network. Additionally, DIRECTV customers that have purchased the "Sports Pack" and Dish Network subscribers that have purchased the "Multi-Sport Package" will receive the MSG telecast. Lastly, the game will also be telecast live in New England (Cable Cox Systems), in Denver (Altitude Sports Network), and in the Baltimore/D.C. area (on M.A.S.N. via tape delay beginning at 11 LST).
For those with broadband conection, ESPN360 will provide game coverage and those with XM Satellite Radio may listen to the game on channel 203.
Local radio coverage will be available on WOR 710-AM, WCTC, and the Rutgers Radio Station, WRSU.
Below, StateofRutgers.com is happy to provide readers with all the necessary Game Day tools to prepare for RU's season opener.
Preview: #16 Rutgers vs Buffalo -- First up is Buffalo, stuck at the bottom of the college football heap since it made the leap from Division I-AA to I-A in 1999. The Bulls are just 12-69 (.148) since joining I-A. Turner Gill, who won three Big Eight titles as quarterback at Nebraska, is trying to turn around a program that has a culture of losing in an area that cares more about its pro sports than college football. More ... [SOR Insider Access Only]
#16 RU vs UB: Team Advantage Segment --
Offense: Rutgers boasts a legitimate running back, a solid offensive line and a quarterback with a year of real game experience under his belt. Mike Teel improved in the second half of 2006, but he threw 13 picks to 12 touchdowns last year. Rutgers' offensive line has a wealth of talent and depth that should benefit Rice, who needs to have big numbers early on if he is to stay in the Heisman Trophy conversation.
Coach Schiano Press Conference Notes --
With Buffalo and Navy slated as the first two games of the season, Coach Schiano had to prepare his team for the many looks that his team will see. The Bills, coached by Turner Gill, will use the option attack, but will look to give Rutgers multiple looks in the game.
Coach Schiano also stated he thought Buffalo would use a Gun ... More ...
Rutgers Football Unit Previews --WRs and TEs [SOR Insider Access Only]; Defensive Line; Linebackers
SOR's 5 Keys to Rutgers Football Season Opener --
1. Make a play early - RU should not allow UB to think they have the slightest of chances at any point.2. It all starts with the RU "D" - Strong pass rush must keep NJ native Drew Willy off balance.
3. Heisman candidate Raymell Rice must rush for 150 yards.
4. Offensive line must control trenches and limit pass-happy DE Trevor Scott (13 sacks in 2006).
5. Mike Teel needs to show continued progress - Teel needs to throw for 250+ yards and 2 TDs.
Weather Report [NWS] --
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Travel to Rutgers Stadium --
Please keep in mind that Route 18 in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, is undergoing long-awaited major reconstruction and related improvements to motorist, pedestrian and bicyclist safety. As a result, traffic will be an issue on Game Days - fans are encouraged to leave extra time for travel. Check here for real-time traffic updates prior to your departure.