Bowl projections are all over the place for Rutgers football

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With a win at Indiana on Saturday, Rutgers football is back in the mix for the postseason talk. It was a resilient performance from Rutgers following a tough loss the weekend before at home to Wisconsin.

Rutgers is now 5-5 (2-5 Big Ten) putting them one win away from bowl eligibility, something that hasn’t happened for the program since 2014. And there seems to be some momentum for the Scarlet Knights getting back to a bowl game.

ESPN FPI has Rutgers favored to beat Maryland at home in their season finale. Rutgers is not favored this weekend at Penn State, a program receiving votes in the latest USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll.

A bowl game in head coach Greg Schiano’s second season with the program would be huge for the momentum of the rebuild. But even playing meaningful football and having an improved record is a big step for Schiano’s team.

Here are some of the bowl projections for Rutgers following Saturday’s win in Big Ten play:

Guaranteed Rate Bowl - Phoenix, AZ

The projection here from ESPN.com has been a popular one for Rutgers in recent weeks, the Guaranteed Rate Bowl in Phoenix, AZ. The opponent here for the December 28 game is Texas Tech (6-4), who just beat Iowa State 41-38 over the weekend.

Guaranteed Rate Bowl, Phoenix, AZ

From Phil Harrison at Buckeyes Wire, Rutgers is heading to the Guaranteed Rate Bowl. This is the same pick from Harrison as the last two weeks for the Scarlet Knights. But Buckeyes Wire has Rutgers playing Washington State. The Cougars lost 38-24 on Saturday to Oregon, dropping their record to 5-5.

Cure Bowl - Orlando, FL

This was a different one from CBSSports and one not seen anywhere else in the national projections. The Cure Bowl in Orlando on December 17 is the landing spot for Rutgers where they would play Kent State. The last time these two teams met was in 2012 when Kent State went on the road to upset then No. 15 Rutgers behind a solid performance from running back Dri Archer (115 yards of total offense, one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown).

In 2012, Rutgers played in Orlando at the Russell Athletic Bowl, losing 13-10 to Virginia Tech under then head coach Kyle Flood.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl - New York, N.Y.

It’d be a short road trip according to FoxSports, who has Rutgers at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30. The opponent projected here is Baylor (8-2), who are coming off a big upset of Oklahoma this past weekend.

Rutgers has played in this bowl game twice. In 2011, they beat Iowa State in head coach Greg Schiano’s last name with the program. In 2013, they lost 29-16 to Notre Dame in the same bowl game.

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