Despite being unbeaten and playing in a BCS conference,
When an unexpected, historically bad program makes a "dream-season" run – particularly when that team starts the season unranked – they are nicked twice: Not only do they have to overcome public perception, but they have to overcome voter bias.
If Rutgers had the exact same record, statistics and strength of schedule but its jersey said "Miami" or "Colorado" -- or even, say, "Pitt" -- they would be ranked in the Top 5 right now.
But because they are "RUTGERS," they entered the season at a severe disadvantage in the human polls that the team is still struggling to overcome: Pollsters can't believe that
I have first-hand experience with a situation very similar to this: In 1995, when Northwestern went through its dream Rose Bowl season, it took 8 weeks and a win at then-No. 7
But NU and Wisco even benefited from playing in the Big Ten.
The fastest way for
Anyway, if Rutgers can pull off the upset and beat
Now, Five Reasons to Root Like Hell for
(1) Would tilt the BCS: Vastly increases the likelihood that the Ohio St-Michigan winner would play one of the many qualified teams with one loss. (Which one? Hey: That's the "tilt" part.)
(2) No better Cinderella story in college football this season. (Or, in fact, the last 10 years.
(3) Super superlative: It would be the BIGGEST win EVER for
(4) Stick it to poll voters, as mentioned above. Expose the stupidity of those who continue to underrate Rutgers because they're
(5) Rutgers –