No. 13 Rutgers (10-1) at No. 15 West Virginia (9-2), 7:45 pm EST
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Ticker) - Surprising Rutgers controls
its own BCS destiny. West Virginia needs some help.
The 13th-ranked Scarlet Knights can secure a spot in one of the
lucrative BCS games but need to beat the speedy 15th-ranked
Mountaineers on the road in a key Big East Conference matchup
Entering the weekend, Rutgers (10-1, 5-1 Big East) is tied atop
the conference standings with No. 6 Louisville, which hosts
middling Connecticut. By virtue of a 28-25 win over Louisville
on November 9, the Scarlet Knights would win a head-to-head
tiebreaker were both schools to win Saturday.
The Scarlet Knights, who never have won the Big East, rebounded
from a loss at South Florida with a 38-7 home romp over Syracuse
Senior Brian Leonard rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and
star sophomore Ray Rice ran for 107 yards and a score for
Rutgers, which scored the game's first 31 points.
West Virginia (9-2, 4-2) still has a shot at the conference
crown, but it would have to beat Rutgers, have Louisville lose
to UConn and finish ahead of the Scarlet Knights and Cardinals
in the final BCS standings Sunday.
However, the Mountaineers have won 11 straight meetings with the
Scarlet Knights overall and are 14-0 all-time against Rutgers
The Mountaineers are coming off a stunning 24-19 home loss to
South Florida in which sensational sophomores Steve Slaton and
Pat White were held to a combined 60 rushing yards. The duo
gained 435 yards on the ground one week earlier in West
Virginia's "Backyard Brawl" win over Pittsburgh.
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Getting a Big East title clinching win won't be easy, the Scarlet Knights are 0-14 all-time in Morgantown.