Within the last few days, there has been shifting in the thinking of the Meineke committee, the bowl's executive director, Will Webb, told ScarletReport.com on Sunday morning.
"There were a couple of votes earlier in the week and it shifted both ways,'' Webb said. "There's a lot to think about."
Rutgers' top choice is the Meineke Bowl. The game will be played Dec. 26, with kickoff slated for 4:30 p.m. North Carolina is expected to be the Atlantic Coast Conference representative.
"We're hoping to have a decision by 4 p.m.,'' Webb said. "We'd like to do something earlier, but we have a lot of talking to do. We're not sure when a decision will be made."
If Rutgers, which ended its season 8-4 after losing to West Virginia 24-21 on Saturday, does not go to the Meineke, a matchup with South Carolina in the Papajohns.com Bowl (Jan. 2, Birmingham, Ala.) or against Central Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl (Dec. 19) are the other options.
At this point, several sources told ScarletReport.com the International Bowl (Jan. 2, Toronto) wants Connecticut. A trade-off with the Little Caesars Bowl in Detroit is also a possible destination for the Huskies.
But there are questions whether the Papajohns.com Bowl wants Rutgers for a second consecutive year, although a higher-profile opponent and a better time slot could make it a viable trip for Rutgers' fans.
As for reports about the Meineke wanting to invite Pittsburgh, but struggling with a decision because Pittsburgh wants to go to the Papajohns.com Bowl to face South Carolina, Webb said he didn't think that was true.
"I don't know anything about that,'' Webb said. "We've just got a big decision to make."