User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Rutgers motivated as Big Ten's new kid

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) - As Gary Nova sees it, Rutgers is the new kid at school.

''We don't expect to have too much respect,'' the quarterback said as his team reported to Hale Center for training camp.

And they don't have any.

Rutgers jumps to the Big Ten this season and was picked to finish last in the conference in most major polls. The Scarlet Knights see this as a source of motivation.

''No question,'' defensive tackle Darius Hamilton said. ''You can definitely sense that no one is really giving us a chance. They feel like we're really doormat just to be stepped on, so we're taking that as a challenge and we're going to be ready.''

Rutgers has all five starters back on the offensive line, a pass-catching threat in tight end in Tyler Kroft, a slew of good receivers and talented running backs in Paul James and Justin Goodwin.

The main question is if Nova will regain his starting spot. He was benched in favor of senior Chas Dodd last season because of erratic play and spent spring ball competing with redshirt junior Mike Bimonte and redshirt freshman Chris Laviano.

Nova had a solid spring, and with 28 career starts the job appears to be his to lose under new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen.

Defensively, Rutgers has a strong front seven with the likes of Steve Longa and Kevin Snyder at linebacker while Hamilton anchors the defensive line. They're looking to shore up a secondary that gave up a school-record 4,580 yards through the air.

The Big Ten, however, is not known for passing.

''Everyone in the media telling us how psychical they play,'' Snyder said. ''We've heard it enough. And we know how to play physical football. That's nothing we don't do.''

And lining up weekly against the upper-echelon teams of college football is something for which the players are ready.

''I know that we can hang with all these teams. I tell them that we can hang with anyone. It doesn't matter where,'' Snyder said. ''And don't be surprised when we beat people. That's all I say. No guarantees or anything like that, but don't be surprised.''

While players may be pinning those preseason rankings to the bulletin board, the coach has other concerns.

''I don't really worry about where we were picked,'' Kyle Flood said. ''I don't need any more motivation when I wake up in the morning other than to be the Big Ten Eastern Division Champion and have the opportunity to play in the Big Ten Championship game.

''And I know our players have said a few things about having a chip on their shoulder,'' he added. ''And if that's how they feel, they have a right to feel that way. But, for me, being the Big Ten Eastern Division Champion is the only motivation I need.''

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Marshall: Tech Trends - Week 7
ASA: Big Ten Report - Week 7
SportsBoss: SBPI Rankings - Week 7
Edwards: Week 7 Notebook
Nelson: Thursday's Tip Sheet
Mejia: Dinero Talks: NCAAFB Week 6
Nelson: 4th Quarter Covers - Week 6
Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 6
Spurrier resigns, takes blame for slide
Why Buy Picks From
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAAFB Hot Streaks
11-1 Run, 10-2 G-Plays, 25-9 TY
12-2 Win Streak, 8-2 L10 G-Plays
8-0 Guarantees, 15-6 Picks TY
12-5 L17 Totals, 5-1 L6 G-Plays
6-0 Guarantees TY, 5-2 Saturday
4-0 Guarantees, 22-14 L36 Picks
9-3 Record L2 Saturdays
8-2 Over/Unders Record TY
51-30 NCAA FB L5 Saturdays
8-3 Last 11 Totals Plays
6-3 Saturday, 4-1 L5 Totals
7-4 Last 3 Saturdays
12-5 CFB L2 Saturdays
5-0 Thursday Record TY
4-1 L5 G-Plays, 7-1 Fridays TY
NCAAFB College Football Season Expert Sports Picks
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Marc Lawrence + 1515
Kyle Hunter + 865
Greg Smith + 830
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Marc Lawrence + 390
John Fisher + 280
Joe Williams + 259
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 75 %
Marc Lawrence 74 %
Greg Smith 71 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Greg Smith + 800
Marc Lawrence + 780
Chip Chirimbes + 600
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1310
Kyle Hunter + 730
Joe Williams + 601
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 1359
Bruce Marshall + 805
Paul Bovi + 450
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership