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BAMAPHIN 22
09-25-2006, 11:48 AM
No joke. Rutgers is ranked.

The Scarlet Knights, long a college football laughingstock, moved Sunday into The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in 30 years.

No. 23 Rutgers (4-0), led by tailback Ray Rice, the fourth-leading rusher in the nation, is off to its best start since 1980 after beating Howard 56-7 on Saturday.

"I'm not going to downplay it. It is significant considering where we started," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said. "It shows we're making progress in the right direction."

The Scarlet Knights were one of three new teams at the bottom of the new media poll, which was mostly unchanged at the top.

Ohio State is still No. 1 with 59 of a possible 65 first-place votes. No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Southern California and No. 4 West Virginia each received two first-place votes.

Auburn had 1,513 points and USC had 1,491. The Tigers lead over the Trojans grew nines points from last week.

No. 5 is Florida, followed by Michigan, Texas, Louisville, LSU and Georgia. The only change in the Top 10 was No. 9 LSU flip-flopping with No. 10 Georgia.
Throughout the 1990s, the Scarlet Knights were among the worst teams in Division I-A, routinely getting blown out by their Big East rivals.

Last year, in Schiano's fifth season at the state university of New Jersey, Rutgers had its first winning year since 1992. The Knights went 7-5 and played in the Insight Bowl, their first bowl game since 1978.

The Knights have benefited from an early weak schedule -- three I-A opponents with a combined 4-8 record and a I-AA team -- but of course it wasn't long ago Rutgers couldn't beat anybody.


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/football/ncaa/09/24/bc.fbc.t25.collegefbpol.ap/index.html

Blade
09-25-2006, 11:54 AM
Yea, i read that article earlier, Congrats to Rutgers!!!!

Pennington's Rocket Arm
09-25-2006, 12:38 PM
i'm going to go watch them against USF this friday! :D congrats to rutgers!

Motion
09-25-2006, 12:42 PM
Well deserved

Stitches
09-25-2006, 01:19 PM
They have some real good players this year.

NJFINSFAN1
09-25-2006, 02:20 PM
I'm a fan of Rutgers, I'm friends with Mike Teel's family and coached his brother, they are from my town.

While they are doing great, they need to remember who they beat. They need to come out and make a statement Friday against USF, or it will be the same old Rutgers.

Roman529
09-25-2006, 06:15 PM
I am in a Fantasy College League where you pick 8 teams every week and get points for them based on different stats.....I have had Rutgers since the start of the year because they can score quickly and often. Good to see them playing so well after a lot of rough years. Reminds me a lot of Air Force when they were horrible, before Fisher DeBerry turned the program around.

NJFINSFAN1
09-26-2006, 08:14 AM
Story about the Kid I know.

Rutgers' Teel remains undaunted
Tuesday, September 26, 2006

By ADITI KINKHABWALA
STAFF WRITER


Out on the sideline, in front of a crescent packed with his home fans, Greg Schiano's heart started to hurt a little.
His team was winning and despite not having the greatest of days, his 20-year-old quarterback still was making sure the team stayed undefeated. But through Schiano's headset, the one the Rutgers' coach likes to call a soundproof "muff," ugly noises were filtering through. Boos and yells directed at Mike Teel.



Shaking his head, his face contorting, Schiano looked over at his quarterback. And Teel laughed. At him.
"He's like, 'Coach, I'd boo me too,' " Schiano said Monday, shaking his head again, this time at the memory. "I feel bad, and he's saying, 'Hey, come on Coach.' That's the kind of kid he is. That's why as a coach, you fall in love with him."
At 4-0, there should be plenty to love about Teel. He has the unequivocal respect of all his teammates, captain Brian Leonard said. More importantly, he has the absolute like of all his teammates, and he wears a calm so impenetrable, it's contagious. And yet, with No. 23 Rutgers carrying its first ranking in 30 years, and a national ESPN2 audience awaiting its Friday night matchup at South Florida, Teel is getting booed. And doubted, and having his coach feeling protective.
"He's been just as big a part of winning these games as anybody," Schiano said.
Teel is not a kid who needs coddling (Schiano laughed at that) or demands ego-salving niceties (the coach flat-out snorted at that one). The 24-0 record he forged at Don Bosco came under an unyielding spotlight and a head coach in Greg Toal whom Schiano diplomatically called "very demanding."
Still, Teel is the first to say Rutgers' passing game has underperformed. He hasn't yet connected on any of the dizzying shots that highlight practice, his main praise thus far has come as a game manager and he had that awful three-pick Week 3.
After throwing 20 and 24 passes in the first two games -- and connecting on 28 while throwing just one pick -- Teel's had just 16 attempts in these past two games. The Scarlet Knights were running so well, Schiano didn't want to move away from that, but he admitted Monday that his passing allocation had him wondering, "Are we doing it enough?" Even Leonard said he thought the boos at first were for the play calling.
Teel's thrown a handful of deep balls, and there are a variety of reasons why none has stuck. Once his throw was flat, another time a receiver got held up, timing routes have been mis-timed, and with younger players spreading wide, Schiano said, "They're not [often] as precise."
"We're going to hit some of those shots and all of a sudden," he said, "there's not going to be any more conversation."
With more sympathy to those murmurs, Teel very rationally said he understood why Schiano's premises that he's "won" games in practice doesn't appease jittery fans. But his confidence remains high, as does his teammates' confidence in him.
Since the spring, Teel -- and the rest of the team -- has known he is Rutgers' quarterback. As dynamic as the run-gunning Jabu Lovelace is, he's never threatened to take over full-time duties and would have to take an enormous leap to displace Teel. And yet, even without the goal of unseating an elder player, or the fear of falling behind a younger one, Teel never altered his drive meter.
There might've been a handful of days this summer, at most, that he didn't take a wideout or two out to throw to. Schiano was vacationing with his family when one night, the phone rang, Teel and sophomore receivers Tiquan Underwood and Dennis Campbell on the other end, asking if they could get into the bubble because it was too dark to throw outside.
And that's why the boos get to his teammates. Sure, Teel wears an untroubled face in public, and yes, he doesn't react with any obvious fury over his miscues. But there is no one who wants more out of him, or demands more of him, than he does of himself.
"With Mike out there, you just feel it," Underwood said. "You know he's going to make good things happen, no matter what's going on around him."
And no matter what anyone else thinks about what's going on around him.

Skeet84
09-26-2006, 10:30 AM
They have played well and deserve it

54Fins
09-26-2006, 11:13 AM
I know.Thank you,Thank you....:wink:

MikeO
09-26-2006, 11:47 AM
If their head coach bolts for the Miami job after this year, this program will fall apart. So, they better make a splash this year. What Schiano has done is amazing, but I don't know how long it will last if he isn't there

Pennington's Rocket Arm
09-26-2006, 12:34 PM
thanks for your input mike.

NJFINSFAN1
09-26-2006, 12:41 PM
If their head coach bolts for the Miami job after this year, this program will fall apart. So, they better make a splash this year. What Schiano has done is amazing, but I don't know how long it will last if he isn't there

I don't think Miami has a chance at him. He is from my next town, loves the area, and always says he wants to win a championship here. I just don't see him leaving yet.

And you can Argue Rutgers has a better team right now.

MikeO
09-26-2006, 01:26 PM
I don't think Miami has a chance at him. He is from my next town, loves the area, and always says he wants to win a championship here. I just don't see him leaving yet.

And you can Argue Rutgers has a better team right now.

1) You will NEVER win a championship at Rutgers

2) Miami is just a better job. The Miami job may get you an NFL gig someday. You can win a national championship at Miami. It's one of the Top 3 college coaching jobs out there along with ND and Texas.

3) Rutgers isn't better than Miami right now. For as bad as Miami is, Rutgers isn't better. I'm sorry. Beating UNC, Illnois, and Howard (div IAA) isn't that impressive. Please.

Alex44
09-26-2006, 01:29 PM
1) You will NEVER win a championship at Rutgers

2) Miami is just a better job. The Miami job may get you an NFL gig someday. You can win a national championship at Miami. It's one of the Top 3 college coaching jobs out there along with ND and Texas.

3) Rutgers isn't better than Miami right now. For as bad as Miami is, Rutgers isn't better. I'm sorry. Beating UNC, Illnois, and Howard (div IAA) isn't that impressive. Please.

Holy **** I agreed with every word in that post :eek: the world is ending

NJFINSFAN1
09-26-2006, 02:23 PM
1) You will NEVER win a championship at Rutgers

2) Miami is just a better job. The Miami job may get you an NFL gig someday. You can win a national championship at Miami. It's one of the Top 3 college coaching jobs out there along with ND and Texas.

3) Rutgers isn't better than Miami right now. For as bad as Miami is, Rutgers isn't better. I'm sorry. Beating UNC, Illnois, and Howard (div IAA) isn't that impressive. Please.

1. Never say never, chances are not good, but you can't say no.

2. He has came out and said he does not want to go back to Miami, and its not a better job for him. He is home, he always talked about wanting to go to Rutgers when at Miami, and his family is deeply involved in his town, and Rutgers would step up to the plate and pay him more.

3. Rutgers could beat Miami right now, they play like a team, Miami plays like a bunch of, oh well for a lack of a better word, Shockeys!


That all being said, I'm still worried about Fridays game.

Alex44
09-26-2006, 02:28 PM
1. Never say never, chances are not good, but you can't say no.

2. He has came out and said he does not want to go back to Miami, and its not a better job for him. He is home, he always talked about wanting to go to Rutgers when at Miami, and his family is deeply involved in his town, and Rutgers would step up to the plate and pay him more.

3. Rutgers could beat Miami right now, they play like a team, Miami plays like a bunch of, oh well for a lack of a better word, Shockeys!


That all being said, I'm still worried about Fridays game.

Rutgers would lose 55-17 against miami :lol: that has to be the funniest thing I have ever read

We lost to FSU and Louisville, two teams that would destroy Rutgers

Pennington's Rocket Arm
09-26-2006, 02:35 PM
rutgers would give miami a run for its money easily. EASILY.

NJFINSFAN1
09-26-2006, 03:15 PM
Rutgers would lose 55-17 against miami :lol: that has to be the funniest thing I have ever read

We lost to FSU and Louisville, two teams that would destroy Rutgers

We will see when Rutgers play Louisville, who beat Miami without its two best players!:lol:

Motion
09-26-2006, 03:17 PM
rutgers would give miami a run for its money easily. EASILY.

:yeahthat:

Motion
09-26-2006, 03:18 PM
It's one of the Top 3 college coaching jobs out there along with ND and Texas.


Based on what? That argument is STRICTLY opinion based.

54Fins
09-26-2006, 05:02 PM
thanks for your input mike.:lol:

54Fins
09-26-2006, 05:07 PM
1) You will NEVER win a championship at Rutgers

2) Miami is just a better job. The Miami job may get you an NFL gig someday. You can win a national championship at Miami. It's one of the Top 3 college coaching jobs out there along with ND and Texas.

3) Rutgers isn't better than Miami right now. For as bad as Miami is, Rutgers isn't better. I'm sorry. Beating UNC, Illnois, and Howard (div IAA) isn't that impressive. Please.Someone must think it's impressive considering their ranked 23rd in the country:wink: Tell you what.try to rain on my parade .It doesn't matter.I have waited so long for this,i won't let ANYBODY bring me down.See Ya...:cooldude:

54Fins
09-26-2006, 05:12 PM
Rutgers would lose 55-17 against miami :lol: that has to be the funniest thing I have ever read

We lost to FSU and Louisville, two teams that would destroy RutgersWe'll never know how RU would do against Miami.Remember how the Canes' bolted for the money. VT,BC too...

LouPhinFan
09-26-2006, 07:47 PM
More power to Rutgers. They'll help the Big East keep their BCS bid. That way Louisville has an easier shot at the national championship!

LouPhinFan
09-26-2006, 07:53 PM
1) You will NEVER win a championship at Rutgers

2) Miami is just a better job. The Miami job may get you an NFL gig someday. You can win a national championship at Miami. It's one of the Top 3 college coaching jobs out there along with ND and Texas.

3) Rutgers isn't better than Miami right now. For as bad as Miami is, Rutgers isn't better. I'm sorry. Beating UNC, Illnois, and Howard (div IAA) isn't that impressive. Please.

1) I wouldn't say that. People were saying the same thing about Louisville a few years ago. Now look...

2) I can't argue with that point. Although the top 3 gigs in college would have to be (not in any particular order): Miami, USC, Ohio State/Texas (tie). ND hasn't played for a national championship for quite a few years now. I wouldn't say they're a top 3 gig right now.

3) I haven't seen Rutgers play yet this year, but based on their team last year, I'd have to put Miami as the better team. All of Rutgers WRs are hurt, Miami could stack the box and stop the run.

Congrats Rutgers, but GO CARDS!!

Coral Reefer
09-26-2006, 09:45 PM
That won't last very long.

Hope they enjoy it while it lasts.

nick1
09-28-2006, 03:07 PM
I am a Miami fan but I must say that Rutgers are better. they have a good chance of winning the Big East. West Virginia doesn't look as good as I thought they were

Pennington's Rocket Arm
09-28-2006, 03:17 PM
I am a Miami fan but I must say that Rutgers are better. they have a good chance of winning the Big East. West Virginia doesn't look as good as I thought they were
what?

Mindwarp
09-28-2006, 03:26 PM
Rutgers would lose 55-17 against miami :lol: that has to be the funniest thing I have ever read

We lost to FSU and Louisville, two teams that would destroy Rutgers

you lost to Louisville without there top 2 players.

You lost to a FSU team that has no offense. Trust me I am a Noles fan.


You would lose or struggle against rutgers.

Pennington's Rocket Arm
09-28-2006, 03:44 PM
you lost to Louisville without there top 2 players.

You lost to a FSU team that has no offense. Trust me I am a Noles fan.


You would lose or struggle against rutgers.
:yes:

54Fins
09-28-2006, 05:46 PM
I am a Miami fan but I must say that Rutgers are better. they have a good chance of winning the Big East. West Virginia doesn't look as good as I thought they wereThat's streching it ,dude. I like your thinking though:D

54Fins
09-28-2006, 05:51 PM
JUST WON 40 YARDLINE TIKS FOR THE GAME TOMORROW NIGHT 102.5 THE BONE:rocker: :rastanana :rocker: GO RUTGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

nick1
09-28-2006, 09:36 PM
what?
question about the WV part? all you have to do is load the box and stop their running game. Pat White is good but still young. I don't think he can beat you with the passing game yet

nick1
09-28-2006, 09:37 PM
That's streching it ,dude. I like your thinking though:D
maybe, I just think the Big East is weak

Pennington's Rocket Arm
09-28-2006, 09:59 PM
question about the WV part? all you have to do is load the box and stop their running game. Pat White is good but still young. I don't think he can beat you with the passing game yet
that's a lot easier said than done.

305TillIDie
09-28-2006, 10:03 PM
this what happens when you get kids from Florida

maybe the Canes need to put billboards up in south florida like rutgers do

NJFINSFAN1
09-29-2006, 10:55 PM
I tell you what, USF gives Miami a good game, they are tough. I like the QB, tough kid. This game is not over by any means!

Rutgers backfield is one of the best if not the best in college football, your seeing it again tonight. They need Teel to step it up to have a chance against Louy and WV!!! And to win this game!

NJFINSFAN1
09-29-2006, 11:28 PM
Wow, great game, love the spunk that USF QB has!!!

Pennington's Rocket Arm
09-29-2006, 11:50 PM
arggh that game was tough. was rooting for USF but it was nice to see rutgers win, too. USF can really be something in a year or two.

Cool Calm Mike
09-30-2006, 12:59 AM
5-0 after tonight's win.

Ray Rice is one of the best backs in the nation, 806 yards and 11 touchdowns through 5 games. Brian Leonard is the perfect change of pace back, and probably the most complete back in the NCAA. Their defense is one of the top in the nation.

I can't wait until they play Louisville, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. That will really show what Rutgers is made of. I think they can hang with those teams. Mike Teel isn't that great of a quarterback, but if their running game is on, I don't think they can be stopped. I don't think Teel can come from behind in a game, passing the ball, and win the game yet.

I grew up and went to high school with Ray, their free safety Courtney Greene and his backup Glen Lee. Watching them in high school dominate and seeing them have that success at the next level too is awesome.

MikeO
09-30-2006, 10:16 AM
1. Never say never, chances are not good, but you can't say no.

2. He has came out and said he does not want to go back to Miami, and its not a better job for him. He is home, he always talked about wanting to go to Rutgers when at Miami, and his family is deeply involved in his town, and Rutgers would step up to the plate and pay him more.

3. Rutgers could beat Miami right now, they play like a team, Miami plays like a bunch of, oh well for a lack of a better word, Shockeys!


That all being said, I'm still worried about Fridays game.

1) You will NEVER win a national championship at Rutgers.

2) He MUST say he won't go to Miami. if he said otherwise it would kill his recruiting at Rutgers. And if he ends up staying at Rutgers he doesn't want to sbatoge himself :shakeno:

3) Rutgers would NOT beat Miami right now. Rutgers has played nobody thus far. Beat up on a bunch of nobodies. And last night almost lost to the first "decent" team they played which was SOUTH FLORIDA!!!!!!!!!!

MikeO
09-30-2006, 10:18 AM
Rutgers would lose 55-17 against miami :lol: that has to be the funniest thing I have ever read

We lost to FSU and Louisville, two teams that would destroy Rutgers

Miami would beat Rutgers. But not 55-17.

Miami sucks pal. Let' get that straight off the bat. Rutgers isn't all that great and they would lose to Miami. But they would be in the game. Probably lose like 24-10 or something.

MikeO
09-30-2006, 10:23 AM
Based on what? That argument is STRICTLY opinion based.

no no no. There are 3 college football insitutions in this country. Three jobs where if your the head coach there, everyone in 50 states knows it and you dont' have to think. Three marquee jobs.

1) Notre Dame---National team. National television every week. The NY YANKEES of college football. Love them or hate them, no middle ground.

2) Texas--Biggest football state in the country. And the biggest school in the biggest state. Long history. Texas football, nuff said.

3) Miami---2nd biggest football state and Miami is the top team in that state. They dominated the 80's and part of the 90's. They were the most feared team in college football for a loooooooooooooooooong time. They have fallen on hard times of late (much like ND a few years back) but its "THE SCHOOL" of that state.

Granted Michiagn, Ohio St, Florida, Nebraska, USC, UCLA....etc those are big schools and big jobs. No doubt, but the 3 schools listed above are "THE JOBS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL" where you are just looked at a at different level if your the head coach there.

MikeO
09-30-2006, 10:29 AM
maybe, I just think the Big East is weak

it's not that weak. It's better than the ACC. And you might be able to make a case its better than the BIG 12 this year.

L'ville and WV are 2 of the very best teams in the country. They could go toe-to-toe with any team in the nation. They don't get the TV play that ohio st, usc, nd do. Because niether is sexy like that. But at the end of the day both could be in BCS games and 1 will be playing for it all most likely.

On the big east. the worst team in the conference (Syracuse) just took Iowa to double overtime and should have won in all honesty but a kid dropped a ball in the endzone in OT. Pitt killed Virigina. Rutgers did beat UNC and Illnois. Cincy had 2nd half leads ON THE ROAD the past two weeks vs Ohio St and VT.

The proof is there that the conference is not weak

LouPhinFan
09-30-2006, 02:40 PM
that's a lot easier said than done.

That's exactly what U of L's defense is being built to do. Stop the run. Stop UWV's running game and they can't beat you with the pass. Same with Rutgers. Both UWV and Rutgers get their shot at U of L, but when it all said and done, I think they'll both be shooting blanks...

NJFINSFAN1
10-01-2006, 11:17 AM
5-0 after tonight's win.

Ray Rice is one of the best backs in the nation, 806 yards and 11 touchdowns through 5 games. Brian Leonard is the perfect change of pace back, and probably the most complete back in the NCAA. Their defense is one of the top in the nation.

I can't wait until they play Louisville, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. That will really show what Rutgers is made of. I think they can hang with those teams. Mike Teel isn't that great of a quarterback, but if their running game is on, I don't think they can be stopped. I don't think Teel can come from behind in a game, passing the ball, and win the game yet.

I grew up and went to high school with Ray, their free safety Courtney Greene and his backup Glen Lee. Watching them in high school dominate and seeing them have that success at the next level too is awesome.

Teel has a rocket arm and can bring them back, he is struggling right now, but they have never really had to open up and spread out the offense yet. Don't count him out, he is a tough smart kid with a ton of talent.

54Fins
10-01-2006, 08:26 PM
Teel has a rocket arm and can bring them back, he is struggling right now, but they have never really had to open up and spread out the offense yet. Don't count him out, he is a tough smart kid with a ton of talent.:yeahthat: