Rutgers Football: 5 Things to Watch for in the Pinstripe Bowl

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Rutgers Football: 5 Things to Watch for in the Pinstripe Bowl
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Rutgers' Scarlet Knights fans will have their first opportunity to watch the Knights in postseason play since the 2009 season when Rutgers defeated future Big East member, the University of Central Florida in what was then known as the St. Petersburg Bowl—now the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.

This season, RU supporters won't have to travel very far to see their team, as the Knights will play Iowa State in the big ball park in the Bronx's Yankee Stadium on December 30th at 3:20 PM.

Although RU fell short in its opportunity to win at least a share in the Big East, the bowl game still represents opportunity for the Scarlet Knights.

It is, for one thing, an opportunity for a nine-win season and another bowl championship against a BCS conference team.

Secondly, it is an opportunity for a month's worth of practice for a young football team.

Iowa State, despite its 6-6 record, sports wins over some quality teams this season.

In September, the Cyclones beat UConn at Rentchler Field, a feat RU could not accomplish this season.

Iowa State also has victories over Iowa and Texas, and its win over Ok. State is the reason the Cowboys aren't playing for the National Championship this January.

RU should have its hands full with this team in the Pinstripe Bowl.

Here is what to look for...

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