Big East lunchtime links: Game day for Rutgers


Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett
Rutgers and NC State are mirror images heading into this afternoon's Papajohns.com Bowl, Aditi Kinkhabwala writes in the Bergen Record. Mike Teel set a good example for the players that will follow him as Scarlet Knights quarterback, Brendan Prunty says in the Star-Ledger.

• Cincinnati's defense, a unit of mix-and-match parts, has been the team's backbone all season, Bill Koch writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The Bearcats will end up selling 13,000 of their 17,500 allotted tickets to the FedEx Orange Bowl, Koch reports. That's not too great, but the same story says Virginia Tech has sold only 5,000. And a lot of fans no doubt have bought tickets outside of the schools because prices are so cheap in the scalpers' market.

• Pitt defensive lineman Rashaad Duncan, in talking up his own unit to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Paul Zeise, may have provided Oregon State a little bulletin board material for Wednesday's Brut Sun Bowl. Take a listen:

"[Oregon State's offensive line] is a tight unit and seem to know where they are at. But the thing I see when I watched them is that I don't think they have faced a defensive line like us. I mean, the last defensive line they played like us was Penn State and the results speak for themselves.

"Like [Southern California], for instance, they had some big [defensive linemen] guys, but they weren't as quick as us. They might have been as strong us, but they are not as quick as us. Like I said, I don't think [Oregon State] has faced anyone like us and that will be our plan, to surprise them [with athleticism]. If not, if they want to make it a fight, we'll strap it up like we do."

This might be the last time a Big East team plays in the Sun Bowl for a while.

• West Virginia cornerback Brandon Hogan's illness remains a secret, Mike Casazza writes in the Charleston Daily Mail. Bill Stewart has nothing to apologize for in his first season at the helm of the Mountaineers, Mickey Furfari says in the Times West Virginian.