With the NFL starting up their Thursday night schedule this week, it has quieted some of the excitement around the special edition of college football.
Thank goodness we have a great Big East matchup between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and South Florida Bulls to force us to bring the second TV into the living room and watch both!
Storylines galore will make this matchup one of the most interesting in Week 3, and the action on the field should make watching this game at the same time as the NFL worth every second of your attention.
When: Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Covers)
Over/Under: OFF, Spread: South Florida (-10)
South Florida has a good team, but the Scarlet Knights are better than they are given credit for this year. If they are getting 10 points, take Rutgers with the points. Over/Under will be updated when it opens.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Paul Carrezola, TE, Questionable
Jeremy Deering, WR, Questionable
Al Page, DL, Questionable
Paul James, RB, Out indefinitely
Marvin Booker, DE, Out indefinitely
Max Issaka, DE, Out indefinitely
No injuries to report.
Neither of these teams are anywhere near top-25 consideration yet, but a big win here for either squad will catapult them to 3-0 in 2012 and serious momentum heading into the heart of their schedules.
The Bulls are trying to make an impression in the Big East, so a win over Rutgers would be huge for the university moving forward. For the Scarlet Knights, they will be looking to continue the success without departed head coach Greg Schiano.
Both teams have the talent to win this game, but there are key players on each team that will decide the outcome.
Rutgers Player to Watch: Jawan Jamison, RB
In two victories this season, Rutgers junior running back Jawan Jamison has been sensational, racking up 222 yards on 28 carries and adding a touchdown. If the Scarlet Knights want to beat the Bulls, they will need more of the same.
Jamison needs to see the ball much more in this game to test his merit as a serious starting running back for Rutgers. If Jamison can get 20 carries on Thursday, he will look to gain more than 150 total yards and two touchdowns.
South Florida Player to Watch: B.J. Daniels, QB
While 588 passing yards and six touchdowns over the first two weeks of the season is spectacular, South Florida senior quarterback B.J. Daniels needs to clean up his play if he wants to beat a stellar defensive team like Rutgers.
Daniels’ completion percentage is around 60, which doesn’t sound terrible on paper, but it came against weak secondaries. If Daniels doesn’t concentrate every pass, the tough Scarlet Knights will make the QB regret his mistakes.
Prediction: Rutgers 27, South Florida 24
After one of the fiercest battles of the 2012 college football season, the Scarlet Knights will finish off the Bulls in a shocker Thursday night and win the game outright.
While Schiano may be gone, the tough mindset and team he built while he was there is still intact for the most part.
South Florida better bring their best game of the season or they will be stunned by Rutgers on national TV.
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