Run and Shoot: College Football's Kickoff

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College Football's Kickoff

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - College football officially kicksoff the 2007 regular season - in the place it all began in 1869 - just after 7 pm here as Rutgers gets set to take on Buffalo.

The Scarlet Knights open the season at home for the first time since 2004 and as a member of the Top 25 for the first time in program history. They enter as an overwhelming favorite (32.5 points) facing a Buffalo team that went just 2-10 out of the MAC last season.

Things to watch on Rutgers end: Lets see how long Ray Rice is in the lineup. He figures to run right through the Bulls defense that was awful against the run last year. Rice should get 100 yards without issue as he begins his run toward the Heisman Trophy. Eight starters are back for the Bulls who pretty much struggled at everything. This is going to be a nice little tuneup for Mike Teel and his young receivers. Teel should have a big game as well. Buffalo was dreadful defending the pass last year.

Also be on the lookout for some passes to Rice out of the backfield. It's something he's been working on this summer and there's no better time to debut it in a game than today - except for maybe Rutgers Week 3 meeting with I-AA Norfolk State.

Like the color red? Than this is the place to be. Every closet Rutgers have has come out of the woodwork now that the Scarlet Knights are finally a legitimate team and they've flocked to Rutgers Stadium tonight. Tailgaiting was plentiful and the parking lots packed. For the first time in recent memory, the Scarlet Knights have sold out every home game - and they're playing eight of them this year. Advertisements on the New Jersey Turnpike aren't promoting available Rutgers tickets - as has been the case in years past. They're promoting the Rutgers season ticket waiting list instead.

Three years ago Rutgers practically couldn't give away tickets and now they're telling fans to jump onto the waiting list. Yet another sign of how far Greg Schiano's team has come.

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