Thankful for Turnaround

Rutgers held its last practice before Thanksgiving break yesterday and they will be back on the field Saturday morning. Greg Schiano hopes the players use the time to recharge because once they're back, it will be like a regular game week.

"We'll see how they come back," Schiano said. "They'll get to go home and relax a little bit, and then we'll be ready to go on Saturday. Then it's a regular game week and away we go."

One thing players will have to watch on Thanksgiving is their weight. When they get back from the break, Schiano said he'll be weighing the players that are close to being overweight, so they'll need to police themselves over the holidays.

"For the guys who have weight issues, they're going to be weighed," he said."We try to teach them how to eat so when they're overweight, they can figure out what they can and can not eat."

After a 1-5 start, Rutgers has a chance to clinch a bowl bid with a win over Louisville on Saturday. Even with the dramatic rise up, Schiano said he doesn't want want to think about the season as a whole until it's all over.

"I'm not going to reflect on it," he said. "At the end of the year I'll reflect on it."

Once again, the Knights find themselves playing on a Thursday night in another big game against a Big East opponent. The players were pumped up during Wednesday's practice, and Schiano said his group wasn't more up for a game than they usually are. With the dynamic of the college season, the guys are usually jacked up for every game.

"The nature of college football is like that really," he said. "When we start the year, like 40 or 50 other teams in the country, we think we have as good of a chance as anybody to win it. Every game is that away until you drop a game or two, then you're out of that group."

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