Rutgers University tries for the third time to become bowl eligible on Saturday when the Scarlet Knights host the University of South Florida Bulls at High Point Solutions Stadium (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3) in a Big East Conference matchup. After starting the season 5-1, Rutgers suffered losses in each of its past two games, falling to Louisville and West Virginia.
Rutgers is 5-3 on the season, 2-2 in the Big East. South Florida is 4-3 overall, 0-3 in the Big East. The Bulls are also riding a losing streak, having lost three in a row after starting the season with victories in their first four games. South Florida averaged 45.5 points per game in those four victories.
The game pits a high-powered South Florida offense led by quarterback B.J. Daniels (266.7 passing yards per game) against a Rutgers defense that is second in the nation with 26 takeaways (15 interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries) and has 26 quarterback sacks in seven games.