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Where does Rutgers go from here?
Posted 10/26/2013 3:25:00 PM

     Seven games into a college football season and you shouldn't be losing on Homecoming Day by 35 points.  Seven games into a college football season and you shouldn't be wondering who your starting quarterback is.  But that's where the Rutgers Scarlet Knights are after committing six turnovers and getting embarrassed at home by Houston 49-14 in an American Athletic Conference game heard on the new talk radio, 1450 WCTC and  RU falls to 1-2 in league and 4-3 overall and pretty much has played itself out of one of the AAC's relatively top-tiered bowl games, leaving the last five regular season games as a bit of a pedestrian exercise for a program heading into the Big Ten next year.  But the bigger question is "What about junior quarterback Gary Nova?"  He's like the little girl with the curl.  When he's good, he's very good...and when he's bad, he's very bad.  Nova has thrown seven interceptions in his last two games, the losses to Louisville and Houston that have pretty much knocked the Knights out of league championship contention.  He was so bad on Saturday that head coach Kyle Flood, a staunch Nova proponent, lifted him for senior Chas Dodd.  But forget about the loss to the Cougars.  Here's the bigger picture: Dodd is done after this season and no other quarterback on the roster has run a play on the collegiate level.  So, for now, Flood is stuck with the inconsistent Nova, leaving Rutgers with the prospect of having only one quarterback with any kind of experience heading into the Big Ten.  And, if you only play Nova for the rest of this season and in the inaugural campaign in the Big Ten, you have NO experienced q-b heading into 2015.  So, does Flood basically give up on this year to get someone else in at quarterback on a part-time basis, possibly freshman Chris Laviano who came in from New York with positive reviews...or does he continue to ride Nova for better or worse.  But, it's pretty clear now that Nova will not be the answer when the Scarlet Knights move into the much-tougher Big Ten.

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  1. Ulrich posted on 10/27/2013 04:41 PM
    We should tell the Big 10 "thanks" and then we should go to the MAC if we want to have any success as a football team. There is no way we are ready for the Big 10 next year. It will probably take 3-5 years at least before we are even a competitive team--and what about some of our other sports teams?? How long will it take some of them to become respectable??
  2. Peter from Cliffwood Beach posted on 10/28/2013 12:08 PM
    The incredible tip-drill play by McCourty. The QB strip by Logan Ryan (who didn't play in the first half and still wound up getting the game ball). The final interception by Duron Harmon. I'm taking solace in the fact that in the Pats win vs. Miami, without these RU grads the NE Patriots' status as a Super Bowl contender would have been altered drastically.
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