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December 5, 2013
Know your opponent: Rutgers
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Team: Rutgers University
Nickname: Scarlet Knights
School colors: Scarlet
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
2012 record: 9-4 (5-2) in the Big East
2013 record: 5-6 (2-5) in the AAC
Head Coach: Kyle Flood, 2nd year
Stadium/TV: High Points Solution Stadium, ESPN 2, 7:30 PM
The Bulls come limping into the final game of the year at 2-9 (2-5) and are coming off of a tough -point loss to UCF. Rutgers, who allows 32 points a game and over 320 yards passing against them through the air, lost an ugly to Uconn their last time out. This is the final time these two teams will battle as conference foes as the Knights head to the Big Ten next season.
The place kicker for the Knights is sophomore Kyle Federico (6' 190 lbs.) who has made just 9 out of 14 field goals this year, hitting a long of 48 yards and has had one kick blocked this season. He is a solid kicker, but doesn't have strong range like Marvin Kloss for the Bulls.
The Scarlet Knights are going away next year, joining the Big 10 (which still hasn't learned to count) along with Maryland - so this very well could be the final meeting between the two schools. Rutgers started with great promise and has slid hard - needing a win Saturday to become Bowl eligible. USF on the other hand, has suffered through a dismal 2-9 season with its first loss to an FCS school and its first loss to rival UCF. However, the Bulls seem to have found the future with the freshman class, that will produce no less than five starters for Saturday's game.