Rutgers Football: Pre-Big East Conference Play Outlook for the Scarlet Knights

Josh RosenbergCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2010

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Rutgers Stadium is seen on the opening night of the Scarlet Knights' 2010 football season on September 2, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  The Scarlet Knights defeated the Norfolk State Spartans 31 - 0.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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After an embarrassing 17-14 homecoming loss to Tulane, many Rutgers fans were sent into a panic.

Internet message boards quickly filled up with arguments against incumbent quarterback Tom Savage and pro freshman backup Chas Dodd, as well as ones in defense of Savage.

There were even cries for head coach Greg Schiano's head.

Well, maybe not his head, but there's a growing group of fans tired of the losses.

Big East conference play is upon us once more, and for Rutgers fans it couldn't come earlier. There's a clean slate in Big East play for every team.

With a good enough performance in the Big East, the losses to North Carolina and Tulane won't even matter. This is assuming that Rutgers beats Army, although it's not a sure thing these days.

If Rutgers can get through the Big East schedule 3-4, with a 6-6 record overall, a berth in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium is a sure thing.

If the Scarlet Knights can go 4-3 with a 7-5 record, a berth in the Pinstripe Bowl is 100 percent certain unless the Big East is THAT bad and a Meineke Bowl bid is a possibility.

If Rutgers' offensive line suddenly starts to block for Tom Savage, Chas Dodd, Mohamed Sanu, or whoever else ends up playing quarterback (D.C. Jefferson?) and Rutgers' offense picks up its game, a 5-2 Big East record could be very possible.

With a 5-2 Big East record and an 8-4 record overall, Rutgers would most likely be headed to the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

If Rutgers can somehow manage to finish 6-1, the Scarlet Knights could find themselves in the Champs Sports Bowl or maybe at the top of the Big East.

We all know what the postseason plans would be if a miracle occurs and Rutgers goes 7-0.

Nevertheless, a 3-4 or 4-3 Big East record coupled with a win against Army and a berth in the Pinstripe Bowl looks the most realistic. But for now, stop dwelling on past games and start looking forward to a new season of Big East football for Rutgers.

If I'm correct, this IS college football.

Haven't we all learned before that anything can happen in college football?