Friday, August 31, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
The AP poll is the poll that counts when people (ok, USC fans) start shouting WE'RE NUMBER ONE. It's out this afternoon, and as the following excerpt from an MSNBC article points out, this is the first time that the football team representing our Alma Mater -- a team with a longer history in college football than anyone -- has been on the list to start the season:
In other news, a magazine published by a little television station in Connecticut called "ESPN The Magazine" prints something they call a College Football issue this week; it fails to mention the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in their "power rankings" or treat our team with anywhere near the adulation that Sports Illustrated (an actual magazine) does in their current issue. (We think they're all secretly Connecticut Husky fans and simply jealous of the team located just to their southwest in New Jersey).Ohio State, last year’s preseason No. 1 and the loser of the national title game to Florida, is No. 11 to start the 2007 season. No. 12 is California, followed by Georgia, UCLA and Tennessee.
No. 16 Rutgers is ranked in the preseason for the first time, as is No. 23 Hawaii.
Penn State is No. 17 and Auburn, Florida State and Nebraska round out the top 20. Arkansas, TCU, Hawaii, Boise State and Texas A&M are the final five.
The Southeastern Conference has six ranked teams, most of any league. The Big Ten and Big 12 are next with four and the Pac-10 and Big East have three each.
Friday, August 17, 2007
The most notable offensive performance in St. Louis' preseason opener may have been turned in by rookie Brian Leonard ... The second-round draft pick out of Rutgers put on a Rams uniform for the first time and rushed nine times for a game-high 36 yards and the only offensive touchdown of the contest, also catching five balls for a team-best 30 yards. ... (from The Sports Network, 16 Aug 07
And how great is it that he's still wearing number 23? Is there any doubt that this is the first number the Knights should retire?
I don't think I've been so excited to see something in my mailbox since I was five years old (and maybe not even then).
I hope you all got yours today too.
See you at Rutgers Stadium (a.k.a. R House) in less than two weeks.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
This year's issue, dated August 20, 2007 and on the newstands now, has a wealth of scarlet pages, from a full-page John Hancock advertising feature about Greg Schiano on page 44, to a profile of Ray Rice (with photo vs Syracuse) on pages 65 & 66, to a full-page article on SI's #12 preseason pick (with emphasis on Eric Foster) on page 102. You could miss the smaller mentions of Rutgers on the Big East page on page 119, or in this list of Bowl Predictions on page 129:
Our Knights versus the Wolverines in the ROSE Bowl?? I don't want to get too confident, but I'm trying to save my money for a long New Year's Day trip.
Friday, August 10, 2007
The only other Big East games on the list are Louisville at West Virginia in position 20 ($379), Rutgers at Louisville in position 26 ($305), and one non-conference regional rivalry, Louisville at Kentucky, in position 47 ($179).
Update: August 14, 2007 12:35 PM
I guess it's priced fairly because this RU-WVU game with the twelfth-highest preseason price is ranked by SI.com today as game #11 in the top 20 games of the coming season: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0708/top.cfb.games.watch/content.10.html
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In the meantime, you can relive the magical atmosphere of Rutgers Stadium in 2006 by clicking on the thumbnail picture for a view of the stands filling up half an hour before the Louisville game last November 9. You can almost smell the hot dogs and hot pretzels and hear the student section taunting the Cardinals in the end zone (or at least I can).
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
In his attempt today in SI.com's College Football Mailbag to rank the "prestige level" of all 66 BCS schools by dividing them into four tiers, Kings, Barons, Knights, and Peasants, Stewart Mandel puts the Scarlet Knights, despite their long history and their recent winning ways, and their noble mounted mascot, firmly among the Peasants.
You can write to him to express your disagreement, but this is probably exactly what the Scarlet Knights need (like their recent #70 ranking on ESPN.com) to keep in the players' minds that there is still a lot to prove to the rest of the country, despite the recent successes on the field, in the media, and at the box office.
The entire Big East takes their lumps in these feudalistic rankings. There are four Peasants (Cincinnati, Connecticut, Rutgers, and South Florida), three Knights (Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and West Virginia), and no Barons or Kings. The eighth school in the Big East, Louisville, is the only BCS school that he left off the list entirely, because "History-wise, the Cardinals are peasants, but the program has completely reinvented itself over the past decade and now gets mentioned with the kings and barons. For now, we'll just say: TBD. "
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Some of the most exciting moments in Rutgers football came last year when number 8 touched the ball, often (like a certain back who just left for the Rams) on short passes out of the backfield.
Now Ray Rice is talking about sharing the ball with Kordell in the season that starts later this month:
"I definitely don't see a 350-carry year. Not with Kordell here."
The Scarlet Knights aren't likely to run an equal-carry system. But sophomore Young is making a case for the touches that used to go to Leonard, Rutgers' former do-all all-star fullback. He carried the ball 29 times, scored three touchdowns and caught three passes (just one less than Rice) last year – and he smilingly said Saturday, "I'd love to take some of the load off Ray. Maybe cut down his carries a little bit."
I don't think that people who haven't followed the Knights closely have any idea how deep the talent on this team runs.
Friday, August 3, 2007
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These 1882 wearers of the Block R would be proud!
Update 8/8/07: For those of you wondering about the "other" major preseason poll:
(AP) The preseason AP college football poll will move on Saturday, Aug. 18, for immediate release.
The first regular-season poll will move Tuesday, Sept. 4, because of Monday night games. Thereafter, the poll will move on Sundays.
My guess, and it's only a guess, is that the Scarlet Knights will be one spot higher, at 15, in the AP.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Rutgers vs. Temple, 31 October 1998