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Rutgers football week 4: preparing for the Naval Academy

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After a letdown against a new-ish rival, Rutgers sets its sights on an old one.

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College football very rarely lets you celebrate or mourn for a long period of time. Take Rutgers for instance, as the Scarlet Knights must turn the page on a disappointing ending to the game of the year as a very physical matchup awaits in Annapolis. RU has a long history with the east coast service academies, and despite the recent success against them, they are never an easy out no matter the record.

The Midshipmen are coming off a very successful 2013 season and return a veteran quarterback who runs the option offense with great efficiency. Navy is, unsurprisingly, leading the nation in rushing offense and dead last in passing offense. Rutgers gave a valiant defensive effort against the Nittany Lions; let's see if it continues against the Naval Academy.

Profile

Navy Midshipmen (2-1) Last week: Won v. Texas State, 35-21

2013 Record: 9-4

Head Coach: Ken Niumatalolo (51-31 Navy)

Location: Annapolis, MD

Series: 12-7 Rutgers

Broadcast Info

Saturday, September 20 - 3:30 PM

Channel: CBS Sports Network

Forecast: 71 degrees at kickoff, clear to partly cloudy, 10% chance of precipitation

Game Links

Knowing your enemy: Navy Midshipmen - Looking back on what we expected from the Naval Academy.

Keenan Reynolds to return against Rutgers - The junior quarterback did not play in the win against Texas State.

Gary Nova to start - Kyle Flood eliminated any possibility of controversy by announcing Nova as starter.

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It's time to move on. There can't be any post-game trauma from the players or the fans. While last Saturday was a huge game for Rutgers, there's still plenty of season left. And with the Big Ten as awful as it is now, CHOP Nation should remain optimistic for all possibilities.