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November 28, 2012
The Big East does not have an annual championship game like other conferences around the country. However, this year things have worked out so that Louisville and Rutgers will compete for that championship and the right to go to a BCS bowl on Thursday night in Piscataway.
Both teams will bring 9-2 records into the game, but the league championship basically boils down to four quarters of football. A victory would also give Rutgers its first ever outright Big East title and a a trip to its first-ever BCS bowl.
"It's going to mean the world to me," said senior wide receiver Mark Harrison. "You grow up just thinking of moments like this and dreaming of moments like this."
Rutgers would still hold a share of the Big East title with a loss and still go bowling with a likely trip to the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec 28th in Orlando, Fla.
"I'm not taking losing as a second option," Harrison said. "Just because everybody is telling us we can share [the title], we're not trying to share it at all. We're trying to take the title for ourselves, for keeps and make history."
For Harrison and 16 other RU seniors, it will be their last game in Piscataway.
"I just can't believe that it's over. I feel like I just got here in the summer of 2009," said senior safety Duron Harmon. "Already, my Rutgers football career is coming to an end. It's a bittersweet moment, but nothing would be better than to end it with a Big East championship."
A win for Harmon and those seniors would also be extra special considering it will be Senior Night inside High Point Solutions Stadium.
"It's the idea of everything at stake. It's Senior Night at your house," Harmon said. "It's going to be a packed crowd. That's the best way to end your career. I know I'm going to make sure I do everything I can to make sure I'm 100 percent focused and 100 percent ready to go out and help my team get this win."
Emotions should be running high in front of what expects to be a boisterous crowd. Harmon commented on how he and his teammates will not allow the hype of such a monumental game effect them on the field.
"Just being accountable to each other. You've got to know that everybody else is going to be focused. So I have to do my part in being able to balance everything and being able to focus straight on Louisville."