Sunday, October 29, 2006

Sprung from cages on Highway 9

Arrived at Rutgers early today and spent the afternoon watching NFL games at the hotel. Got to Rutgers Stadium around 6 p.m., and am pretty impressed. It's a nice little stadium, and there was a real buzz in the parking lots with the Rutgers fans. Guess there's a lot to be excited about. The Scarlet Knights moved up to No. 15 in the AP poll and are now 12th in the BCS standings. It ties the highest Rutgers has ever been ranked, and with a win tonight over UConn they will most likely climb a little higher by next Sunday (the Scarlet Knights have a bye next weekend).

Everywhere you look there is Ray Rice for Heisman propaganda. I sat down at my seat in the press box where there was a little notebook with an action shot of Rice touting him for the Heisman and Doak Walker Awards waiting. Rice is also plastered on the game programs. The numbers certainly support the hype. Let's see if the Huskies can contain him for four quarters.

Pregame updates: long snapper Martin Bedard is out. No official announcement on the UConn quarterback, but D.J. Hernandez is warming up like he's going to be the starter. I expect him to start. In fact, official word just came in. D.J. will be starting.


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