My upset pick this week was the Cincinnati Bearcats to top the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The reason for this misguided logic was that the Scarlet Knights top rusher Jawan Jamison was questionable with an ankle injury, but backup Savon Huggins had other ideas. Huggins ran for a career high 179 yards and tied a school record with 41 carries on the day.
Huggins actually surpassed his total from the entire season as he only had 165 yards on 52 carries coming into the game. Jamison was limited with the injury and carried the ball just four times for 37 yards. The Scarlet Knights pulled out a 10-3 victory and remained the only undefeated team in Big East play.
Since Huggins ran the ball so effectively, Rutgers was able to dominate the time of possession. They held the ball for over 37 minutes and relied on their dominant defense to do the rest. The Scarlet Knights own the conference’s best defensive unit and they are ranked fourth in the nation, only giving up 12.4 points per game. They were pitching a shutout in this one until the Bearcats kicked a field goal with only 11 seconds left in the contest. Rutgers picked off Cincinnati twice and made a key fourth-and-inches stop in the third quarter inside their own 10-yard line.
The only blemish on Rutgers record remains a 35-23 loss to the Kent State Golden Flashes, who quite frankly may have the best name in all of college football. This week’s big victory over the Bearcats, however, should see them move up a few spots from their 22nd ranking in the country.
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