Rutgers Football: 6 Games That Affect the Knights' Bowl and Conference Status

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Rutgers Football: 6 Games That Affect the Knights' Bowl and Conference Status
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Rutgers has a big game with Army this weekend.

At a glance, you might think, "Army? what's the big deal?"

The game's importance is tied to its timing in the season and to one of Rutgers players—Chas Dodd.

In last year's Army game, Rutgers lost one of its emotional leaders, Eric LeGrand, to a spinal cord injury suffered while making a special teams tackle.

One of the positives to come out of that game was Chas Dodd's ability to lead a double-digit fourth-quarter comeback, and another comeback in overtime when RU trailed by three.

Dodd seemed to be emerging as RU's starting quarterback, but this season, Dodd seemed to regress.

He lost his starting job to a highly touted freshman, Gary Nova, a product of Don Bosco Prep.

However, in recent weeks, Nova struggled, and Dodd regained his job after leading RU to another double-digit fourth-quarter comeback last weekend against South Florida.

Now he has an opportunity to get RU to seven wins, guarantee a winning season and keep the confidence going to get back into conference championship contention.  It also represents an opportunity for RU to get in contention for the best possible bowl game.

With the Knights playing out of conference, fans can sit back and watch the rest of the college football teams beat up on each other. 

In addition to the Knights getting past Army, here are five games that affect the Knights conference title hopes and the Knights' bowl game destination...

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