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RUTGERS (9 - 1) at PITTSBURGH (4 - 6)
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Week 13 Saturday, 11/24/2012 12:00 PM
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RUTGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games9-1+6.37-33-624.68.3354.8(5.6)1.612.46.7312.6(4.8)2.7
Road Games5-0+9.34-12-325.46.8409.8(6.1)
Last 3 Games2-1-2.92-11-220.38.0360.3(5.8)3.315.09.3344.3(4.8)2.3
Grass Games2-0+3.52-01-129.01.5397.5(5.6)1.511.58.0264.0(4.4)3.5
Conference Games5-0+7.65-01-422.04.6346.4(5.2)
RUTGERS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.68.317.931:1935-141(4)17-2960.8%214(7.5)64-355(5.6)(14.4)
Opponents Defensive Avg.27.51420.430:5938-165(4.3)18-3159.7%230(7.5)69-395(5.7)(14.4)
Offense Road Games25.46.819.834:1039-160(4.1)17-2960.0%250(8.6)68-410(6.1)(16.1)
Defense (All Games)12.46.717.228:3935-108(3.1)17-3054.6%205(6.7)65-313(4.8)(25.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.911.419.530:5040-168(4.2)16-2956.9%199(6.9)69-367(5.4)(16)
Defense Road Games12.85.815.425:5027-77(2.9)19-3456.0%248(7.4)60-325(5.4)(25.4)

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-6-15.86-44-427.514.3411.3(6.2)0.721.711.1358.6(5.3)1.5
Home Games3-2-123-23-037.822.0488.0(7.2)0.822.08.8323.2(5.3)1.8
Last 3 Games1-2-1.82-12-130.013.7395.3(6.4)0.023.312.3397.0(5)2.0
Grass Games3-4-14.84-34-133.117.1442.6(6.7)0.623.310.6354.7(5.2)1.9
Conference Games1-4-3.82-32-324.412.4403.8(5.9)0.626.815.8379.6(6)0.8
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.514.320.129:5937-139(3.8)20-3067.6%272(9.1)67-411(6.2)(15)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.21319.129:1236-151(4.2)18-3059.6%234(7.7)67-385(5.8)(15.3)
Offense Home Games37.822.022.830:2438-183(4.8)21-3071.1%305(10.2)68-488(7.2)(12.9)
Defense (All Games)21.711.120.230:0137-149(4.1)18-3158.2%209(6.7)68-359(5.3)(16.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Home Games22.08.817.629:3634-116(3.4)15-2658.3%207(7.8)61-323(5.3)(14.7)
Average power rating of opponents played: RUTGERS 28.5,  PITTSBURGH 29.8
RUTGERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2012@ TEMPLE35-10W-3.5W44.5O30-13917-27-232242-1198-17-723
10/27/2012KENT ST23-35L-13.5L46O20-9625-46-313750-22415-22-1312
11/17/2012@ CINCINNATI10-3W6.5W47.5U47-23411-20-186228-9017-31-2512
11/24/2012@ PITTSBURGH            

PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/5/2012@ SYRACUSE13-14L2W59U37-2725-33-319133-12019-31-1851
10/20/2012@ BUFFALO20-6W-9.5W52U42-1269-17-128039-16923-42-1651
11/3/2012@ NOTRE DAME26-29L16.5W47.5O33-14419-29-164051-23129-53-2913
11/9/2012@ CONNECTICUT17-24L-3.5L43.5U25-4819-34-302042-13219-25-2131
12/1/2012@ S FLORIDA            
RUTGERS: New head coach Kyle Flood still needs to choose a starting quarterback, but Chas Dodd (10 TD, 7 INT) probably has a slight edge over Gary Nova (11 TD, 9 INT). The Scarlet Knights are getting back their leading rusher in Jawan Jamison (897 rush yds, 9 TD), and although they said goodbye to star WR Mohamed Sanu and his 1,206 yards, Brandon Coleman (552 rec yds, 6 TD) is capable of filling the No. 1 wideout role. The offensive line could struggle this year as they are dealing with injuries already, forcing players to switch positions. The defense held nine teams to 20 points or less last year, ranking eighth in the nation in scoring (18.3 PPG) and ninth in pass defense (172 YPG). With eight starters returning, this unit should be fearsome again.
PITTSBURGH: New head coach Paul Chryst has a lot to do to get this Panthers team to perform at a high level again, but this team does have talent to build on. On the defensive end, they got help from two Michigan transfers who are ready to play immediately in Ray Vinopal and Cullen Christian. They also get DL Aaron Donald back after an 11-sack season. On offense, senior QB Tino Sunseri will have to improve his decision-making and accuracy after a season in which he threw more interceptions (11) than he did touchdowns (10). He does return his top three targets in WRs Devin Street (754 rec yds) and Mike Shanahan (493 rec yds), and TE Hubie Graham (325 rec yds). The running game is also an issue as their main back, Ray Graham (958 rush yds, 9 TD), is trying to recover from a torn ACL suffered in late October.
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*Rutgers-Pittsburgh Preview* ============================


No. 18 Rutgers (9-1) at Pittsburgh (4-6), 12:00 p.m. EDT

Before leaving the Big East, Rutgers doesn't want to pass up a golden opportunity to win the league for the first time.

The 21st-ranked Scarlet Knights can lock up at least a share of the title Saturday with a win at Pittsburgh.

Rutgers announced Tuesday that the school is leaving the Big East in 2014 for the Big Ten, which will have 14 teams with Maryland also set to join.

First-year coach Kyle Flood isn't concerned about that creating a distraction for his players as they try to finish on top of the league they're in now. Rutgers (9-1, 5-0) hasn't won a conference championship since Big East football began in 1991.

"I think when you have the opportunity as a football program, as a coach, as a player, to do something that's never been done in the history of your program ... we are a very focused group," Flood said. "The football people in this building are focused on one thing, and that is trying to be 1-0 against Pitt."

If the Scarlet Knights win at Heinz Field and then beat No. 19 Louisville at home next Thursday, they will be assured of a spot in a BCS bowl. In fact, they could clinch the outright Big East championship Saturday if they beat Pitt (4-6, 1-4) and the Cardinals lose to Connecticut.

Rutgers used its stingy defense to improve to 5-0 on the road last Saturday, winning 10-3 at Cincinnati. Flood's team is allowing 12.4 points per game - only Alabama, Notre Dame and Florida are better - and the Bearcats didn't get on the board until there were 11 seconds remaining.

Linebacker Khaseem Greene, the Big East defensive player of the week for the second straight week, still wasn't satisfied.

"I was very disappointed about losing the shutout," said Greene, whose half-brother Ray Graham is Pitt's leading rusher. "I'm not going to lie to you. We played hard enough and worked hard enough to get the shutout."

The offense may be able to provide more help Saturday if Jawan Jamison's injured ankle continues to improve. The sophomore is 10 yards shy of 1,000 on the ground, but he got only four carries for 37 yards last week because of the injury.

Granted, Rutgers hardly missed a beat with fellow sophomore Savon Huggins gaining 179 yards on 41 attempts.

"Whatever guy is in there, we have confidence in," Flood said. "We don't change the offense because one guy is in there or the other."

The Scarlet Knights leaned on the ground game, perhaps in part because sophomore Gary Nova has thrown nine interceptions in the last three games. He was picked off twice at Cincinnati, although he did hit Mark Harrison on a 71-yard strike for the game's only touchdown.

Scoring hasn't been a problem for Rutgers against Pitt, averaging 29.0 points while winning five of seven in the series. Nova threw for a pair of touchdowns in last year's 34-10 home victory.

Although Rutgers plans to remain in the Big East for the 2013 season, this will be the last conference game between these programs with Pitt moving to the ACC next year.

The Panthers need to win their final two Big East games to become bowl eligible for the fifth straight season. They finish up next week at South Florida.

"We're definitely in touch with reality and what we have to do," wide receiver Devin Street said.

First-year coach Paul Chryst's team had a bye last weekend following back-to-back losses. After a heartbreaking triple-overtime defeat at unbeaten Notre Dame on Nov. 3, Pitt fell behind 24-0 at halftime six days later at Connecticut and a spirited rally fell short in a 24-17 loss.

Senior Tino Sunseri threw for 302 yards and two scores against the Huskies. He has completed 67.3 percent of his passes this season and has thrown only two interceptions - none in 202 attempts over his last seven games.

Rutgers, which has forced at least two turnovers in eight consecutive games, picked off Sunseri three times last year.

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