As college football fans begin scouring the schedule for the best games featuring Top 15 and undefeated teams, one school won’t be included for the next three weekends. Due to the odd Big East scheduling — such is the plight when the league only features seven other teams — the undefeated and Top 15 Rutgers squad won’t play another conference game until mid-November.
While most Big East teams are gearing up for their second or third conference game this weekend, Rutgers already has four under their belt. Of course, they’ve won all four — in addition to three out-of-conference games — to start the season 7-0. Their Top 15 ranking is marquee game worthy, especially if they can continue to creep up the BCS ladder late into the year.
Don’t count on College Gameday making a trip to Piscataway anytime soon, though. Due to Rutgers already playing seven games and having four conference games completed, their next three weeks look like something out of a cakewalk September slate: Kent State, Bye, Army.
Of course, Rutgers isn’t unbeatable. They could lose either of their next two games.
It’s just likely they won’t. That means having to gear back up for very meaningful games starting in mid-November. How will this affect the team and preparation for a run at a BCS game?
According to head coach Kyle Flood, it shouldn’t make that much of a difference in the long run.
“It’s a little different. It’s definitely a little different,” he said. “To have two non-conference games and a bye week (at this stage of the season), it’s really three weeks the conference will be playing without us, so to speak.
“I don’t think it will be an issue for us. We’ve got a talented opponent this week, then there’s the bye week for us to assess the situation that we’re in and then we look forward to the next opponent.
“But it is a little bit different than what we’re used to.”
It’s a little different than we’re all used to, Coach.