South Florida vs. Rutgers: Instant Reaction and Analysis

Nick WigginsCorrespondent IIIDecember 7, 2013

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South Florida vs. Rutgers has reached a merciful conclusion. Rutgers soundly defeated USF 31-6 Saturday night in Piscataway. The Knights and Bulls played a penalty filled game that ended with Rutgers bowl eligible and the Bulls looking for answers.

The Bulls were looking to end the first year of the Willie Taggart era on a high note after a disappointing season. USF failed to match Rutgers in any aspect of the game and finished the season 2-10, the worst record in school history.

On the other hand, the Scarlet Knights snapped a three-game losing streak and are likely going bowling. 

According to Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger, Rutgers has emerged as the top choice to face Notre Dame in the Pinstripe Bowl. The possibility of a postseason game with the Fighting Irish has the Rutgers faithful buzzing.

South Florida's season would have ended tonight regardless of the outcome. For the second straight week the Bulls had a chance to play spoiler and fell short. They lost to UCF last week 23-20. Coach Taggart has a lot of work to do if he hopes to get USF back to their winning ways.

If the rumors are true then Rutgers will have one more game, against Notre Dame. The Knights will learn their postseason by Sunday night.

Instant reaction and analysis from Rutgers 31-6 victory can be found below.