Big East Teams
2012 - 2013 Season
Rutgers Takes on Cincinnati in Pivotal Big East Showdown
We've got a big game this week as #22 Rutgers (8-1) travels to Cincinatti (7-2). The Scarlett Knights are in the drivers seat in the Big East. They're undefeated in conference play but are yet to play either of the other top three teams in the conference. That ends Saturday as really test their mettle against third place Cincinnati. If they can win out they'll lock-up the Big East's BCS bid.
The Bearcats would be undefeated in the conference had they not lost an to Louisville in overtime at the end of October. Now they find themselves needing a little bit of luck to clinch the Big East's automatic BCS spot. If they can beat Rutgers thiis weekend then they'll just need Rutgers to beat Louisville.
When you look at both teams' schedules they've both knocked off preseason darlings from other BCS conferences. Of course those two games were against dissapointing teams in Arkansas and VIrginia Tech but you can't fault Rutgers or Cincinnati for that.
Both teams have top 25 ranked defenses with Rutgers getting edge because of their fifth stingiest defense which is giving up just13.4 points per game. Cincinnati comes in ranked 21st giving up just 18.8 points per game.
At quarterback Cincinnati's Munchie Legaux has proven difficult to contain as he's a threat both passing and running. He's thrown for over 1700 yards with 13 touchdowns and 9 interceptions while rushing for 335 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Rutgers' Gary Nova is a more traditional pocket passer having throw for just under 2000 yards this year with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
This game is the start of the defacto Big East Tournament with Rutgers and Louisville still to play in their final game of the regular season. This one will go a longway to determining who winds up playing in the for the Big East in the BCS.
You can watch it right here on KCWX 2.2 Saturday at 11:00am.