Sunday Notebook: Eyes on Cincinnati

Sunday Notebook: Eyes on Cincinnati

All eyes are on Cincinnati with first place in the Big East on the line when Rutgers clashes with the Bearcats Saturday. Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood spoke with the media Sunday afternoon with an early look at contest and impressions of the 28-7 victory over Army.

Beating Army 28-7 was big for Rutgers in terms of righting itself after two tough weeks on and off the field. But in terms of the ultimate goal, a Big East championship, there is not much to take from yesterday's victory.

Army runs a unique offense, one that Rutgers will not see again this year (unless Georgia Tech is in the cards for one of two Florida bowl games) and coach Kyle Flood is ready to move forward from the win.

"It's probably different in each phase of the game," Flood said on lessons from Army. "Defensively, you look at it for effort purposed more than anything. Schematically, there really is no carry over.

"Offensively, there will be some things … that will be teachable plays, so you might use 10 to 15 plays from the game to correct and teach."

The Scarlet Knights control their destiny in the Big East, but cannot get caught up in the standings, Flood said.

"You do control your own destiny and that is a very powerful and very fragile thing to possess," Flood said. "If you go any further than looking past your opponent for this week … then you have no chance of being able to do that."

Bearcat Barrage

Cincinnati put Rutgers in position for a conference title last year before falling to Connecticut and the two have a similar matchup Saturday at Nippert Stadium.

Alongside Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati are the only teams still in contention for a trip to the Orange Bowl. Rutgers has not won at Cincinnati since Flood joined the program as an assistant, and have some crushing losses including the infamous 2006 showing.

"I think they've proven themselves to be winners at Cincinnati and that stadium is always a very difficult place to play," Flood said. "It's a great environment for college football and coach [Butch] Jones has done a tremendous job since taking over that program and being a consistent winner. I'm not that far into it as of yet in terms of watching them and their personnel, but certainly they've won a lot of games this year.

Jones benched starting quarterback Munchie Legaux, who debuted against Rutgers last year, in favor of senior Brendon Kay. Kay led the Bearcats to a 34-10 win over Temple and is expected to get the nod against Rutgers.

"I think what we have to do first is look at the offense that they ran with Munchie and the offense that they run with [Kay] and really see if it's different," Flood said. "Is there anything unique about how the offense runs or the play calls? I think those are things that are better served answering tomorrow afternoon and evening after we've had time to look at it."

Polling Data

Rutgers (8-1, 4-0) is slowly building itself back up in the polls after the loss to Kent State led to a significant drop three weeks ago. The Scarlet Knights now stand at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll, which is good for No. 2 in the Big East behind 20th-ranked Louisville.

The Cardinals plummeted in the rankings after an upset loss at Syracuse.

With a win, the Golden Flashes are now No. 25 in the country, ranked for the first time in 40 years.

As always, the BCS rankings come out tonight, where Rutgers is expected to receive a minimal boost from its No. 23 slot last week.

Injury News

Flood will have an update on junior right guard Andre Civil tomorrow after meeting with the Rutgers medical staff. Running back Jawan Jamison (right ankle) said after the game he was told he does not have a significant injury and that he feels fine.

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