For Rutgers, the goal still remains unchanged following a tough loss at Penn State

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It was certainly a flat – if not discouraging performance from Rutgers football on Saturday afternoon. A 28-0 loss at Penn State certainly underscoring that the Scarlet Knights are still a distance away from competing with the top teams in the Big Ten.

The loss at Penn State was especially disappointing in light of last week’s 38-3 win by Rutgers at Indiana. Now Rutgers (5-6, 2-6 Big Ten), goes into their season finale at home next week against Maryland needing a win to be bowl eligible.

It is now all or nothing for Rutgers on Saturday.

“My time with our team every day gives me confidence. I don’t know if we’ll win or not but we are really going to fight our you know what’s off to get ready. And whoever’s healthy is going to play and we’re going to do everything we can to write the last chapter of the regular season to our favor,” head coach Greg Schiano told reporters after the game.

“As I continually remind everybody, there’s a team on the other side that is trying to do the exact same thing. Good players, good coaches. That’s called the Big Ten. So, we got to figure out how to do it better than they do for about three and a half hours next Saturday. That’s the plan.”

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This week, Maryland hosts a Michigan side with legitimate College Football Playoff aspirations. The Terrapins have lost their last two games.

A win by Maryland in one of their last two remaining games would make the Terrapins bowl eligible.

Penn State is now 7-4 (4-4 Big Ten) following the win.