The only normal thing about this bowl is that it kicks off at noon on a Saturday, making it the only one of 32 postseason games to do so. Otherwise, it's being held in a city with zero NCAA schools, a country that did not host a regular-season game this year, and is scheduled on date that isn't befitting of a matchup between 7-5 schools. Who knows: Perhaps Toronto has become college football's new Boise, and Jan. 5 its new Dec. 31.
The Scarlet Knights do have a partial tie to Ontario: their leader in sacks,
Rutgers' stout pass defense was the key reason it stayed above .500 in 2007. The Knights allowed just 11 touchdowns through the air while picking off nine passes, and ranked second in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (160.6). Sophomore defensive back
The Cardinals got here by doing two things well: They ranked second in the nation in turnover margin, at plus-1.42 per game, and they had the nation's 21st-ranked passing offense, at 284.4 yards per game. Savvy sophomore quarterback
On defense, the secondary trio of
Ball State has never won a bowl game in five tries ... and it's unlikely that losing streak will end here. Too many important variables seem to be in Rutgers' favor: The Knights' dangerous running back is facing a sub-par run D; their strong secondary is well-equipped to keep Davis' corps of wideouts in check; Rutgers is even responsible for the game's lone on-the-field connection to Canada. The Cardinals have enough firepower to make it interesting for a few quarters, but Rutgers should eventually run away with this one.