Rutgers men’s basketball team was the unanimous pick to finish in last place in the Big Ten this season, according to a poll of Big Ten writers. (ZagsBlog, Oct. 15).
Wisconsin is the pick to win the Big Ten, according to the beat writers.
The conference will release their preseason poll on Thursday.
Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood joins Loud Mouths to discuss his team’s 5-1 record and evaluate Rutgers’ season so far.
SNY’s Chris Carlin talks with Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood about the Scarlet Knights’ 26-24 win over Michigan Saturday night.
Gary Nova’s 404 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Michigan were far from vindication for the much-maligned Rutgers quarterback.
Nova, who threw five interceptions in a loss to Penn State in the Scarlet Knights’ Big Ten opener in September, was nearly flawless against Michigan on Saturday night. His career-high in passing couldn’t have come at a better time.
Head coach Kyle Flood, who has stood behind Nova for three years, likes his senior quarterbacks toughness.
“I don’t believe in vindication,” Flood said. “I’ve talked to the team about that. You know, after our first loss of the season, I said to them, I said, you know, winning the next week doesn’t make up for it. You have to turn the page. You have to put your eyes forward. I think the team in general has done a good job of that. I think Gary has done an excellent job of that. I think he’s gotten better each week since that performance.
“What I do think that speaks to is how mentally tough he is, because there’s a lot of positions on a football team, but none of them are like being the starting quarterback, and I think he’s handled that position very well. He’s gotten better at it in his career, and I think this year, he’s done an excellent job. And again, coming off a couple weeks ago, what wasn’t a great performance, he’s put together three in a row where he’s gotten better and I’m proud of him for that.”
Nova, who has had his share of criticism for his play, had perhaps his finest moment on Saturday night.
“It’s great. It’s something you remember forever,” Nova said. “That’s the reason you play college football – for moments like that. It feels good because I played well and everybody played well around me. To get this done for Coach Flood and for my team is great. ”
The Scarlet Knights are now 5-1 and will play a gauntlet of games against the best the Big Ten with a game at Ohio State in two weeks.
Result: Rutgers (5-1, 1-1 Big Ten) picked up one of the biggest wins in school history with a 26-24 victory over Michigan (2-4, 0-2) at High Points Solutions Stadium.
Need to know: Rutgers’ first win as a member of the Big Ten was memorable. Gary Nova threw for 404 yards and three touchdowns as the Scarlet Knights beat Michigan in the schools’ first meeting. Nova’s 14 yards pass to Andrew Turzilli gave the Scarlet Knights a 26-17 lead early in the fourth. Michigan answered on a 18-yard scramble by Devin Gardner for a touchdown with 9:17 left in the game to make it 26-24. Michigan made one final drive into Rutgers territory late, and after a controversial incomplete pass was upheld, Rutgers’ Kemoko Turay blocked a 56-yard field goal attempt. Rutgers ran out the final three minutes to secure its first Big Ten win. Turzilli had two catches, two touchdown and had 92 yards receiving.
Next game: The Scarlet Knights are at Ohio State on Oct. 18.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Brady Hoke and struggling Michigan are in trouble heading into Saturday and they have to hope that surprising Rutgers doesn’t add to their problems when they meet at 7:00 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Hoke and the Wolverines football program spent the past week under the microscope after the coach left sophomore quarterback Shane Morris on the field for two plays following a hit to the head last weekend in a loss to Minnesota.
Hoke has taken responsibility for the program’s breakdown in communication and plans to start Devin Gardner against Rutgers (4-1, 0-1).
The problems for Hoke and Michigan (2-3, 0-1) are compounded by their play on the field. They have lost two straight games and the three losses by the end of September are the most in the program’s storied history.