Rutgers can make Big East history when they visit the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday afternoon (12 p.m., ESPN2), when the Scarlet Knights aim to become the conference's first team to go from worst one season to first the next.
A win against UConn would clinch a share of the Big East title for Rutgers, and would also deliver the sixth nine-win season in school history.
Rutgers has never won the Big East title before, and the program has played just one other game with conference championship implications. In 2006, the Scarlet Knights fell 41-39 in triple overtime to West Virginia and dropped to a tie for second in the conference standings.
The Scarlet Knights don't have complete control of their BCS destiny, but could earn the Big East's automatic BCS berth with a win on Saturday depending on the way Louisville and West Virginia finish their seasons.
"We said it all along - we gave up that right when we didn't do some things earlier in the year," head coach Greg Schiano said. "We can't control any of the other teams. All we can control is our preparation this week. We set our clock downstairs and it is ticking - that is all we are concerned with."