Will Rutgers vs. Cincinnati Provide Breakout Game for Knights Quarterback(s)?

Double G SportsCorrespondent INovember 19, 2010

EAST HARTFORD, CT - OCTOBER 31:  Tom Savage #7 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights calls out the play to teammate Art Forst #77 in the second half against  the Connecticut Huskies on October 31, 2009 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano has not yet named a starting quarterback for Saturday night’s road game at Cincinnati.

The decision could go a long way in determining the outcome.

It is a reality that both quarterbacks, Tom Savage and Chas Dodd, may split time. While not the ideal situation, with neither player completely stepping up it may be the best way to ride the hottest arm.

Cincinnati has a high-powered offense that can score in bunches. The Bearcats, under head coach Butch Jones, are averaging 409.2 yards per game, tops in the Big East. They are a balanced offense that can do damage on the ground as well as through the air.

A Rutgers defense that has been on the field a lot this season has at times looked tired. Hard to blame them, as the Rutgers offense continues to struggle and stay on the field. Cincinnati is likely to put up some points on Saturday unless the Rutgers defense can somehow put together another dominating game.

Rutgers will need its offense to put points on the board, something it has rarely done much of this season. The Scarlet Knights are averaging just 20.6 points per game.

Cincinnati’s defense has struggled against both the run and pass. The Bearcats rank seventh in the eight-team Big East, giving up 361.7 yards per game. Opponents are averaging 125.1 yards per game on the ground and a Big East-worst 236.6 yards per game in the air.

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