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Rutgers football week 2: FCS Howard visits Piscataway

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The annual MEAC matchup provides a tune-up for the Knights before the much-hyped game on September 13.

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There doesn't seem to be any chance for an Appalachian State situation for Rutgers this Saturday. The Howard Bison didn't exactly put up a fight against Akron last week, and they face a better opponent in the Scarlet Knights. Expect Kyle Flood to pull starters to get much-needed experience at key positions. Here are some game notes that show how lopsided the series has been:

  • Rutgers has outscored Howard 127-14 in the three previous meetings. In addition to the 2012 win, the Scarlet Knights defeated the Bison 45-7 in 2009 and 56-7 in the first meeting between the schools in 2006.
  • In 10 all-time meetings against MEAC schools, Rutgers is 10-0. The Scarlet Knights have outscored MEAC opponents 405-36 all-time, including a score of 341-14 in eight games since 2006.
  • The last time an FCS opponent scored on the Scarlet Knights was when Howard scored a touchdown in the second quarter during a 2009 matchup.

Profile

Howard Bison (0-1) Last week: Lost to Akron, 0-41

2013 Record: 6-6 (4-4 MEAC)

Head coach: Gary "Flea" Harrell (12-10 overall, did not coach 2013 season)

Location: Washington, D.C.

Series: 3-0 Rutgers

Broadcast Info

Saturday, September 6 - 12:00 PM

Channel: Big Ten Network

Forecast: Partly cloudy, 79 degrees at kickoff, 10% chance of precipitation

Game Links

Knowing your enemy: Howard Bison - An look back at what we expected before the season started.

Akron v. Howard recap - Reviewing the Zips snoozer over FCS Howard in week 1.